The last couple of months we've heard very little about NVIDIA's Volta architecture as consensus calls for a refresh of the Pascal generation. Now the developers of the AIDA64 tool discovered the latest NVIDIA drivers contain Volta references.
They were looking for GeForce GTX 1080 Ti references, which they did not find, but instead they found the GV100! This is believed to be the Big Volta GPU, the most powerful model for datacenter applications as well as flagship consumer models like the next-gen Titan.
Of course, this doesn't mean we'll see the introduction of Volta anytime soon but it's interesting the new architecture popped up in the NVIDIA drivers as it implies that engineering samples are making the rounds.
The appearance of GV100 right now basically doesn’t mean anything other than the fact that first engineering samples are ready. It will take months before we get any information about this GPU, let alone an actual introduction.
In case you don’t remember, AIDA64 devs leaked the list of all Pascal graphics cards that were not even announced yet. That was back in May and I can only say that cards like TITAN X Pascal or Quadro P6000 were on that list but under generic names.
Volta will feature HBM2 for some models and it's believed this architecture will be made using the new "12nm" process from TSMC.