When it comes to the best graphics cards, the varied selection of titanic GPUs from Nvidia is not compared by anyone. From the angry powerful RTX-injected GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GTX 1080 Ti to the entry-level GTX 1050 – and everything in between. Nvidia remains the crowned conqueror of the GPU world.
Because gamers, videomakers and companies always demand better GPU calculations, the best graphics card will never be enough. This is probably the reason why Nvidia made Volta – the next generation of architecture for professionals and creatives.
A few Nvidia Volta cards are already in the wild. However, these cards are meant for data scientists and professional artists and are therefore unaffordable – so do not expect to see them in the best gaming PCs – not that they are even good for gaming in the first place.
Yet we are pumped to see what Nvidia Volta has to offer, especially when its developments in AI-powered Tensor cores have penetrated the GeForce RTX 2080 and Nvidia Turing & # 39; s next generation GeForce graphics cards.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Nvidia & s next-gen, 12nm GPU line
- When is it out? The Tesla V100 and Titan V are now available, but GeForce cards are TBD
- What does it cost? TBD
Nvidia Volta release date
As mentioned earlier, the Volta architecture of Nvidia is already on the market, but in no form that you will probably slide into your game PC. The Tesla V100 was the first to come out in May 2017 as a professional GPU that was built to support artificial intelligence applications and help manage data centers. It is not a consumer-level device through part of the imagination.
On the other hand, the Nvidia Titan V – released in December 2017 – is considered a consumer device, but you can spot the price of $ 2,999 (around £ 2149, AU $ 3800). The Titan V is aimed at researchers and other high-performance computing needs rather than PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds to look good.
Nvidia Volta prize
Because Nvidia Volta cards are fully intended for professionals and creatives, you should not expect them to be affordable for a gaming version. Both the Volta-powered Titan V and Tesla V100 are ridiculously expensive. The Titan V is supplied for $ 2,999 (£ 2,800, AU $ 4,699), where the Tesla V100 costs you $ 8,799 (£ 8,819, about AU $ 12,378) – certainly no cards you want to use to play Battlefield V.
As far as cards for consumers are concerned, we do not think Volta will ever make one. Instead, Nvidia Turing was created with real-time ray-tracing technology that is priced at a level that gamers like.
Nvidia Volta specs
Volta introduces a new production process of 12 nanometers, which represents an important step forward compared to the 16nm process that is observed with the Pascal GPUs.
What does that mean exactly?
Well, it means that the production partner of Nvidia, TSMC, can jam a lot more transistors in a comparable amount of space, resulting in a huge increase in computer capacity. You get better performance, not to mention significant energy savings.
The Titan V packs in 21.1 billion transistors, which together provide an amazing 110 teraflops of computing power. New tensor cores are designed to accelerate profound learning ability, with nine times more teraflops for peak computers over the previous Titan Xp card. And it is also twice as energy-efficient.
In addition, the Titan V has six graphics processing clusters with 5,120 CUDA cores (up to 3,840 in the Titan Xp) and 320 texture units, and a 1200MHz base clock that can boost up to 1455MHz. With 12 GB of HBM2 memory on board, the Titan V has a memory bandwidth of 652.8 GB / sec.
The last bit on the specs side is surprising from Nvidia, who just last year was in favor of the improved speed of GDDR5X memory on its high-end GPUs.
The Nvidia Titan V is the first mainline card with high bandwidth memory outside the Quadro and Tesla parts of the company. Whether this means that HBM2 will be a mainstay of Volta remains to be seen.
All in all, it is a potentially huge upgrade for the latest generation of Nvidia cards.
But let's go back, because comparing a $ 2,999 gpu with its $ 1200 predecessor is not so logical – and there will be no Volta-powered gaming graphics cards anyway.
Based on these first performances at pro-level, Volta seems so much more capable than the previous Pascal powered GPUs – and even if they are powerful enough at the moment, Volta is ready to take AI and professional workloads to previously invisible levels.
Anyway, keep this page as a bookmark, we update it when new details, leaks or maps appear on our radar.