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While we don’t know the specifics of the GPU architecture Nvidia will use in their gaming-focused cards, we’re still betting on a Volta GPU, a GV104 chip. That will make it a 12nm design, but with GDDR6 as opposed to the HBM2 Nvidia have used in the Tesla V100.

The purpose of the newest GTX graphics cards is to give some credence to the claims of real-time raytracing being the future of gaming, and so they’re going to have to deliver on that front. At that price they’ll have to best the GTX 1080 Ti in normal games too.

There’s been a lot of talk about the possibility of a new Nvidia Turing architecture being the basis of the new GeForce cards, but we’re still expecting the green team to stick with its usual modus operandi and launch either the GTX 2080 or GTX 1180 cards using the same Nvidia Volta architecture it has been working on for the last few years.

With Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference passing without mention of a new architecture, and not even a new GPU roadmap unveiling, it seems increasingly unlikely that it would announce and launch a whole new graphics architecture with a fresh GeForce GTX card in the next six months. If Turing is a thing then it could well just be the codename given to the gaming versions of Nvidia’s Volta.

Expreview have, though, posted a counter-story to Tom’s Hardware’s July release rumour, suggesting that AIBs have not yet received a new card notification, which normally happens at least two months ahead of a enw graphics card launch. That would mean it’s either not happening in July, or Nvidia is keeping the initial launch of its next-gen cards in-house and selling them exclusively through its own store, cutting out the AIBs.

Its sources get quite specific in suggesting that vendors such as MSI, Gigabyte, and Asus would be getting the GPU and memory around June 15 ahead of the cards’ July launch date. It seems a little odd that these sources are so specific about when the component parts of the new cards would arrive and yet still couldn’t give a hard and fast answer as to what nomenclature Nvidia would be using.

For our part we’ve spoken to folk at Nvidia who have claimed that Gamescom is going to be a really big deal for them this year, with nothing exciting happening around either Computex or E3. But even piggy-backing Gamescom seems like an odd choice, when the launch of Nvidia’s first wholly new cards in years would be such a big thing hosting its own event would personally make more sense.

The previous rumours had pegged this Q3 release date because SK Hynix is seriously cranking up volume production of GDDR6, and have recently signed a large supply deal with Nvidia. But SK Hynix is not the only company making GDDR6 memory, with Samsung and Micron both getting involved in the new graphics memory technology.

But we have heard other rumours, such as the one from Massdrop, which also point to the autumn release date. It’s not unprecedented for Nvidia to release brand new cards as the leaves fall; the original GTX 900 series arrived after a September unveiling too. Nvidia GTX 1180 specs

With the Pascal generation, Nvidia stripped out the double precision cores for the GP104 silicon, and it may do the same with Volta. Historically it would then push the SMs together – with the GP100, for example, there were 10 SMs in a general processing cluster (GPC) and then just five in a GP104 GPC, despite having the same number of CUDA cores in each cluster. Each SM then has double the cores sharing the same instruction cache and shared memory.

I’m not sure that will work out the same for a gaming Volta SM, as there is still some silicon inside the current Volta design which will come in useful in games which take advantage of the new DirectX Raytracing from Microsoft and the Volta-specific RTX tech from Nvidia themselves. That’s not likely to be stripped out, so the final gaming SM structure might be very similar to the current GV100 design.

That ray-tracing tech is not just limited to the new Tensor cores, but that new silicon definitely helps in cleaning up a raytraced image. And means, despite what we initially expected, gaming Volta cards could still come with Tensor cores in the package. With WinML also looking to bring machine learning into the gaming space we’re likely to see more pro-level silicon remaining in our gaming GPUs in the future.

But we think it’s probably quite likely Nvidia will stick with the same overall GPC structure, and switch to four GPCs for a potential GV104 design. That would give the GTX 1180 a total of 3,584 CUDA cores and 224 texture units, which would give a nice symmetry with the GTX 1080 Ti it would likely replace.

On the memory side it looks almost certain a GTX 1180 would come with GDDR6 support rather than the more expensive, and largely unnecessary for gaming, HBM2. Samsung, SK Hynix, and Micron are all going to town on the new graphics memory, and both Samsung and SK Hynix have specifically mentioned the tech playing a key role in this year’s next-gen graphics card releases. And it doesn’t look like AMD will be doing anything so that just leaves a single player in the game…

Given the amount of work the GPU is going to have to do, and the amount of data needed to be shunted around, with real-time raytracing it wouldn’t be surprising to see 12GB of GDDR6 being used on the top-end Volta gaming cards. Though that’s going to be expensive and still dependent on the vagaries of memory supply. Nvidia GTX 1180 price

Graphics cards are expensive beasts and most especially in these troubled, frontier-like, crypto-goldrush times of ours, even with the recent price drops. And, when you factor in the new GDDR6 memory technology costing some 20% more than its GDDR5 forebear, then it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see the top-end GTX 1180 coming in at around $699 at launch. Or potentially even more.

The new 20-series graphics cards are going to have to be capable of real-time raytracing. That’s going to be one of the first tests anyone does when they get their hands on both the new cards and Futuremark’s upcoming 3DMark raytracing benchmark.

Obviously it will also need to game like a frickin’ hero, and, given that it will potentially appear at the same initial price-point as the GTX 1080 Ti, it has to outperform the fastest of the last generation GeForce graphics cards in traditional gaming workloads too. And that’s no mean feat.