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New Nvidia Volta announcements? Watch today's GTC 2018 livestream here

Nvidia GTC 2018 keynote

Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference kicks off today with Jen-Hsun’s keynote in front of a packed San Jose auditorium. We’re hoping for a little more clarity on future GeForce graphics plans, but there’s a slim chance we might also see new Nvidia Volta cards too. Find out for yourself by watching the webcast here.

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GPU Technology Conference

We were initially told by Nvidia that there wouldn’t be any new consumer graphics cards being launched at either last week’s GDC or this week’s GTC events. The GPU Technology Conference is not really a gaming-focused event and our Nvidia contacts have said that it will be mostly fixed around machine learning, AI, and automotiverisation.

But there have been many rumours floating around the interweb badlands that promise we’ll see a launch of new GeForce cards at this very event, with GTX 1181 Turing-powered GPUs being announced and launched in the same breath. 

That seems a little far-fetched to us, but who knows. 

What we’re really expecting is for Jen-Hsun to finally unveil a fresh GPU roadmap, something we haven’t seen from the green team in many a long year. Certainly not since the GPU road dropped off a Volta-shaped cliff…

With all the noises surrounding the potential Nvidia Turing and Ampere codenames it’s very possible that these might be the new GPU architectures that will fill out any potential roadmap that gets shared today by Nvidia’s effusive CEO. Though it’s also possible they were just made up and we’ll have some brand new GPU names to mull over. We'll know soon enough...

That's because the keynote address will start at 9am PT.

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3 Weeks ago

Not sure about a GTX 1181, but I'm glad to finally hear someone not dub the next gen a 2080. Made a comment here months ago when people started nicknaming, the 20-numbering convention is weird after so many years of integral generations.

Seems odd for nVidea to clarify no consumer cards are getting announced here. Kind of suggests plans to announce some new developments to the Quadro range. Would make sense considering the sorry state their budget Quadros are in at the moment.

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Dave James Avatar
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3 Weeks ago

There was some spurious rumour going around today that they would definitely be launching new GeForce cards with 11-series naming. But not necessarily with 1180 or 1170 codes.

I kinda thought they might go for the 20-series for nothing other than marketing points. Going from 10 to 11 just feels like a barely iterative improvement, but going to 20 means the cards will be 10x as good ;)

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QDP2 Avatar
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3 Weeks ago

Here's to hoping they keep consistent naming forms. Been like this as far back as I can remember, changing it now would just add another pointless piece of information to remember and spend time to explain to any new shoppers when they try to understand the difference. Xbox fell for this trap already going too far with the 360, nVidea have no need to jump off that cliff.

It definitely makes sense for marketing perspective, as you say 20 sounds far bigger a step than 11. My hopes are they'll bet on the Volta upgrade is already a large improvement and a name they can latch onto. Most GPU purchasers (I hope) are looking at statistics and performance gains when upgrading, so the name jump shouldn't be as needed to nVidea as it would be to a more casual industry.

It could still go either way, but my hope still sits with common sense over "bigger = better".

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Dave James Avatar
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3 Weeks ago

They've done big nomenclature switches before... Going from the 9000-series to the 100-/200-series cards. I'm always worried there's going to be some big, weird shift!

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Dave James Avatar
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3 Weeks ago

There you are, new Quadro - you called it! Quadro GV100.

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3 Weeks ago

I sure hope they announce a 1180 or 2080 or whatever they want to call it, today. If not then who knows when we'll get them.

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