Following a string of rumours, teasers, and enterprise exposé, chip-maker Nvidia will unveil consumer graphics cards based on its new Pascal architecture during a live event in Austin on Friday, May 6.
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With HBM2 and 40% performance boost over Titan X, Pascal is going to be a beast.
While Nvidia stays tight-lipped about what precisely will be appeared—most bits of gossip point towards two design cards, the GTX 1080 and 1070—those with calm weekend arrangements can tune into the occasion livestream above at 8pm CDT (6pm PDT, 9pm EDT, or 2am BST on Saturday morning).
For the uninitiated, Pascal is Nvidia’s most recent and most prominent representation design, which guarantees to be both quicker and more power productive than the past era Maxwell engineering. Definite subtle elements on the buyer chips won’t show up until Friday, however the P100 venture card Nvidia disclosed in April sheds some light on what customer Pascal may resemble.
Pascal will highlight both design and assembling process redesigns, the last being founded on the TSMC 16nm FinFET hub. This is an immense bounce over the old 28nm procedure Nvidia and AMD have been utilizing subsequent to 2012. While the P100 depends on an almost full-fat usage of the Pascal engineering, the GTX 1080 and 1070 (if that is the thing that they wind up being called) are prone to be founded on a thinned down form of the chip with some components debilitated.
The GP100 used in the P100 is said to push 10.6 teraflops of single precision (FP32) performance thanks to its high core clock of 1328MHz and a boost clock of 1480MHz, an increase in streaming multiprocessors (SMs), and second-generation of High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2). The HBM2 promises transfer speeds of up to 720GB/s performance on its 4096-bit-wide bus.
HBM2 is unlikely to make its way into the GTX 1080 and 1070 thanks to its high cost and limited availability, however. Most rumours point towards Nvidia using 8GB of GDDR5X memory, a cheaper competitor to HBM2 that promises similar gains in performance. Supposed benchmarks of the new GTX 1080 have surfaced online, showing good if not groundbreaking performance gains over the GTX 980 Ti in 3DMark.
Ultimately, it’ll come down to price. Nvidia isn’t known for thrifty pricing, and all signs point to the GTX 1080 and 1070 being priced similarly to their predecessors at £429 ($549) and £259 ($329) respectively. Meanwhile, AMD is promising its upcoming graphics cards based on the new Polaris architecture will offer at least GTX 970/R9 290X performance—if not more—at a “mainstream” price point.
Ars will be reporting directly from Nvidia’s Austin event, so keep an eye out for more Pascal info soon.
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