So will NVIDIA reveal its new consumer gaming graphics cards at the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) or the Game Developers Conference (GDC)? The past couple of weeks, we've heard conflicting rumors and now Tom's Hardware chimes in with a report that nothing concrete will be revealed at these shows.
The site says NVIDIA may do a vague "appetizer" at one of these conferences, but an actual product reveal or launch shouldn't be expected. This rimes with NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang's recent statement that Pascal would continue to be the best gaming platform for the foreseeable future.
Interestingly, the site claims that NVIDIA will keep a clear separation between its datacenter and consumer products. While various rumors pinned Ampere as a Volta-based product for the gaming market, it appears there will not be any consumer offshoots of Ampere in the near future.
Instead, NVIDIA is working on Turing. First covered by a Reuters report a couple of weeks ago, Turing is believed to be a new gaming architecture. Tom's Hardware claims mass production of Turing-based cards isn't slated until mid-June, so a hard launch shouldn't be expected before July. Basically, a launch of new-generation NVIDIA gaming GPUs before Gamescom seems unlikely:
Tidbits we’ve heard from various other sources with knowledge of the situation also suggest that the mass production of Turing cards will not start until mid-June, and thus a hard launch of board-partner cards is not expected before July. This should rule out a rollout even at Computex in Taipei in June, although we may see some non-functioning mockups.
It looks more likely that the venue for the big unveiling of Turing-based partner cards will come at Gamescom in August, at which time gamers will be able to get their hands on the them--if the crypto miners don't eat up the supply straight from the factory.