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COMPUTEX 2016: NVIDIA’s Pascal powers VR, deep learning, and gaming

By John Law - on 30 May 2016, 9:37pm

COMPUTEX 2016: NVIDIA’s Pascal powers VR, deep learning, and gaming

Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of NVIDIA, at his company's official press conference today.

The first quarter of 2016 was beyond a shadow of a doubt, a great time for NVIDIA. Not only did the GPU maker and developer announce their brand new Pascal GPU architecture to the world during the GTC 2016, their most recent introduction of their new 16nm FinFET GPU architecture in the form of the GeForce GTX 1080 raised the bar for video game graphics for the industry yet again.

The Tesla P100, powered by Pascal and HBM2. This is the first that we've seen the Deep Learning GPU this close. Below is a picture of its back.

The inside of the DGX-1. Note the eight Tesla P100 GPUs.

With COMPUTEX 2016 set to kick off in less than 24 hours, NVIDIA decided to hold their official press conference earlier today, giving both the press and their fan base a chance to listen in to Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of NVIDIA, speak about his company’s Pascal GPU architecture and the Tesla P100, and to experience their VR Experience booths (an experience which we also had a chance to play with during GTC 2016) which were set up at the venue, powered by the company’s GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070.

NVIDIA had set up several VR Experience booths at the venue.

Hellblade was an in-game demo that essentially rendered the motion capture of an actress in real-time with the use of the Unreal 4 Engine.

NVIDIA was also giving visitors a chance to create their own high resolution video game photo with Ansel. Click here to learn more on Ansel.

We won’t be go into too much details regarding the P100 and its Deep Learning Supercomputer, the DGX-1, as we’ve covered this product in detail during our coverage of the GTC 2016, so you read about these products there.

For a more detailed review of the GTX 1080, you can check out our review of the card and how it amazed us with its performance here as well.

The GeForce GTX 1070 was present during the press conference. The card is the more budget-friendly alternative to the GTX 1080, but don't let it fool you. There's more to this card than it lets on.

The real star of the show, however, was the GTX 1070, which we managed to get some time alone with. A tier below the flagship GTX 1080, the GTX 1070 is a card that still utilizes 8GB of the current GDDR5 memory format instead of the company’s new GDDR5X memory. However, as you’ll see in our review of the card, the GTX 1070 is still capable of running rings around even the TITAN X.

That’s all we’ve got to report from NVIDIA at COMPUTEX 2016. The event will go on for rest of the week, so do check back with us for the latest product announcements news.

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