A recent update to diagnostic software HWiNFO’s changelog has us wondering what NVIDIA is up to and if we could be getting new GPU cards in 2018 after all. This update has stoked the fires of speculation as two new designation appears in the form of GV102 and GV104.
While we do not have anything concrete about what these cards are, it does seem to follow in step with HWiNFO’s NVIDIA cataloguing convention. Interestingly, this naming convention would suggest that these “102” and “104” cards are Volta-based cards, not the highly anticipated Turing architecture.
Our eagle-eyed friends over at PCGamesN point out that the past “104″ designations have preceded the release of consumer-grade cards such as the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070, whereas the “102” was closely associated with the Titan XP or GTX 1080Ti. These releases had “GP” assigned to them, marking them as Pascal-based cards.
It is possible that this news could be the echoing footsteps of the fabled GTX 1170 and GTX 1180, finally putting the power of Volta into the hands of the masses. It is that we could see more CUDA cores and GDDR-6 while the more professional cards continue on with HMB2.
Again, this is all speculation, but let’s face it: PC gaming enthusiasts are thirsty for the draught dripping from NVIDIA’s ambrosia-like next-gen GPU reservoirs for the past year. It has been two years and two months since the release of the GTX 1080 and we have heard nary a peep out of the great, green GPU giant about what it next for us humble gamers in the wake of Volta’s deep-learning focus.
What do you think? Is this all “smoke and mirrors” or is NVIDIA actually planning to give us gamers a new card to drool over?