NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2000 line is not based on Volta or Ampere

Posted on Wednesday, Dec 20 2017 @ 11:11 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
FUD Zilla's Fuad Abazovic spoke to his moles and learned that NVIDIA has two big GPUs in store for 2018. Lately, we've been hearing a lot about a GPU codenamed Ampere but it appears this is not a gaming GPU.

Fuad explains NVIDIA has two separate roadmaps, Ampere is reportedly the successor to Volta. And just like Volta, the Ampere chip will be another GPU for the machine learning and artificial intelligence markets.

This implies the TITAN V is not a sign of things to come, it's basically a high-margin product that NVIDIA put out there for the folks who go crazy for this kind of stuff:
Nvidia wanted to address the Founders/Titan prosumers market and offer them a very fast GPU and that is what Volta is. Volta, as you know by now, shines in machine learning and artificial intelligence thanks to optimized architecture and a bunch of specialized tensor cores. It would made a hell of a GPU but big chunks of the Volta won't do anything for graphics acceleration as they are, quite simply, hardwired for AI tasks. Since Nvidia knows that some people are willing to spend $2,999 to get the Volta for research, it kick-started this market. Nvidia has always been well known for making people pay a ridiculous amount of money for pinnacle technology as Jensen loves the incredible high margins.
The next gaming GPU from NVIDIA is currently known as "post-Volta" and the site says this is not a cut-down Volta but a new architecture that was designed from scratch. The next GeForce GTX GPUs are expected to be introduced at their own event, while Ampere, the Volta successor for the AI market, may be shown at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference between March 26-29, 2018. But FUD Zilla says the actual availability of Ampere will be much later than that.

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