NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said yesterday that he expects Pascal will remain the world's best gaming platform for the foreseeable future. A fresh set of rumors from German tech site 3DCenter indicate the rollout of NVIDIA's next-gen gaming architecture will be slow.
First up, the site claims the NVIDIA GP102 GPU hit the end of its life. Word is going around that the last chips were made around the start of November 2017. No new supply is coming so once all the inventory is sold out, there will be no new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and Titan X/Xp cards. NVIDIA is expected to run out of GTX 1080 Ti cards in the near future.
The decision to EOL the GP102 was reportedly made to clear the way for the arrival of the first Ampere GPUs. NVIDIA has never talked about this microarchitecture before, but it's believed that this is a gaming derivative of the Volta chip (which is used in the datacenter market).
Ampere is expected to make its debut in April with the arrival of the GA104, a chip that may be marketed as the GeForce GTX 2070 and GeForce GTX 2080. The GA104 is reportedly in production or will enter production very soon. 3DCenter claims we can expect a late March launch and availability on April 12. That's roughly two years after the arrival of the first Pascal GP104 chips, which is really long for GPUs. The expectation is that the GTX 2070 may be able to outperform the GTX 1080 Ti.
Everything surrounding Ampere is still shrouded in mystery. We know very little about its specifications nor feature set, so this is all going to be a big surprise.
And while the high-end models are expected in April, the rest of the Ampere lineup is still far removed from us. The mid-range GeForce GTX 2060 cards could arrive sometime this Fall, and the enthusiast-class GeForce GTX 2080 Ti may be scheduled for late 2018 or early 2019.
Mainstream GeForce GTX 2050 and GTX 2050 Ti parts are probably slated for Spring/Summer 2019. Around that timeframe, we may also see a low-end GeForce GT 2030. Either way, we're looking forward to something fresh.