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Massdrop hints at a Q3 launch for Nvidia's next-generation gaming graphics cards

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The launch date of Nvidia’s Volta graphics cards has the been subject of much deliberation - especially as of late - but some indication of the green team’s plans has surfaced from an unlikely source. A Massdrop buying manager has informed users of the site that Nvidia believe the current pricing woes for graphics card will last until Q3.

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The information comes from buying manager B.Hutch, on a thread regarding graphics card pricing on the community-driven sales platform, Massdrop.

“While NVIDIA was here they also let us know that the pricing in the market will continue to go up through Q3 of this year most likely before we start seeing any type of relief,” Hutch says. “So, unfortunately the end to this is not right around the corner and we have not seen the worst of it yet.”

Nvidia supposedly indicated this during a visit to Massdrop HQ a few weeks ago, so this has supposedly come right from the horse’s mouth. Also, Nvidia are said to have reiterated that the shortage was due to both memory demands and the increase in demand due to cryptocurrency mining.

While this is bad news for gamers looking to purchase a new card, it could be indicative of a potential launch date for the Nvidia Volta GPU architecture within consumer graphics cards. Either Nvidia control a device that lets them foresee a crash in the cryptocurrency market, or they expect some large-scale disruption to the market, ya know, something along the lines of a new graphics card generation, perhaps?

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It could be also be when Nvidia expect memory shortages to ease up and dislodge the significant manufacturing blockage currently in place, though AMD have said they expect memory shortages to carry on throughout 2018. And I’m staying positive.

Recent rumours had pegged Nvidia to release their latest generation of cards, under a variety of different pseudonyms, in March. However, when we spoke to Nvidia they told us not to expect a new graphics card launch any time around GDC or their own GTC events at the end of March, so that dashed our hopes of shiny new cards against the rocks for the near-future.

For now, it seems that gamers are still stuck without much hope until the second half of 2018. While this isn’t in any way concrete proof of Nvidia’s plans, it’s potentially some light at the end of the tunnel. Better late than never?

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4 Months ago

Q3 o_0 so much for a Q1 launch. I am starting to think the cryptomining craze is seriously impacting Nvidia's GPU product launch dates. We already know they have the tech for it.

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Dave James Avatar
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4 Months ago

Yeah, after last week we already knew Q1 was out, but Q3 is a bit longer than we were expecting. That might put a launch sometime well after Computex, so we may end up looking at the same sort of launch window the GTX 900 series had, with a late September release.

Potentially they could always be looking at a Q2 launch, but are then suggesting supply will remain tight initially, with mass volumes arriving in Q3.

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RiderKing Avatar
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3 Months ago

Even if they release next gen tommorow, it would still take several months for market to be affected. Q3 is probably for full lineup of cards and complete production switch to new gen. xx70 and xx80 launch would still be in the next couple of months, imo.....

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Dave James Avatar
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3 Months ago

Aye, a Q2 release is defo a possibility. But if they're not launching in March at GDC or GTC that's two of their traditional big launch windows gone. Maybe around Computex? Though that's unlike Nvidia too.

Bah, I just want me some exciting new GPUs! C'mon...

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J0SH Avatar
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4 Months ago

I really hope GPU prices go down. I want to get a 1080 Asus Strix or even a EVGA 1080 Ftw2, but the prices are above what they were before January. A $600 Strix 1080 went up to $1000! Unbelievable how this happens when people are about to upgrade or build a new PC.

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Smoggy Avatar
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3 Months ago

I think I can see whats happening here. From what I've read two seperate architectures will be released becuase of the problems with gamers not getting the cards for reasonable prices. Therefore the gaming architecture I'm assuming will be seriously nerfed on the mining side of things making them undesirable to minors so prices remain reasonable for gamers. There will also be a compute architecture that will probably be boosted for mining and maybe put them ahead of AMD or at least on par. This way they can dominate both markets?

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Dave James Avatar
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3 Months ago

Getting increasingly frustrated by these rich kids using mum and dad's money to buy up all the cards. Them minors are just playing Minecraft and don't need all that GPU power.

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arviqo Avatar
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3 Months ago

But how nvidia can separate architecture, I mean what thing makes graphic card "gaming", and what other thing makes graphic card "mining"?

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