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Rumor: NVIDIA to launch three Pascal-based GeForce GPUs in June as GP104 SKUs

By John Law - on 13 Apr 2016, 11:24am

Rumor: NVIDIA to launch three Pascal-based GeForce GPUs in June as GP104 SKUs

It seems that NVIDIA will be announcing three Pascal GP104 SKUs in June, which is around the same time as COMPUTEX. <br> Image source: WCCFTech.

It’s safe to say at this point that Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of NVIDIA, had trolled us all pretty hard at this year’s GTC 2016 by announcing the company’s latest Pascal-based, HBM2-powered, Tesla P100 GPU. All the rumors prior to the annual event had led us to believe that he would be announcing a Pascal-based GeForce GPU under the company’s gaming line, but sadly, he didn’t (well played there, Jen-Hsun).

Needless to say, gamers and graphics enthusiasts who were tuned in and present for the event that day were livid that, while Pascal had indeed been announced, it wasn’t exactly in the form which they were expecting.

All is not lost though, because if the rumors are to be believed, NVIDIA is going to be announcing not one, but three Pascal-powered GeForce GPUs in June, which is also when COMPUTEX will officially be kicking off.

A supposed die shot of one of the GP104 variants, and its specifications. <br> Image source: WCCFTech.

Specifically, the rumors suggest that NVIDIA intends to release these new GeForce GTX graphics cards as their modest but still powerful GP104 SKU. According to WCCFTech, all three of the cards will be significantly more powerful than NVIDIA’s current-generation Maxwell GPUs, and will replace the GeForce GTX 980 Ti, GeForce GTX 980, and GeForce GTX 970 respectively.

However, we feel that it is imperative that we point out that unlike the Tesla P100, it is highly unlikely that these three GP104 SKUs will be using the new HBM2 format. Instead, the rumors further suggest that the GPUs will each be fitted with different variants of GDDR5X memory, an upgrade over the agin GDDR5 memory format, developed by NVIDIA.

Specifications wise, it’s been reported that the higher-end “premium” variant of the GP104 SKUs will have 8GB of GDDR5X RAM, a 384-bit bus with 320GB/s of bandwidth, while the lowest end tier will only have 8GB of GDDR5 RAM (not GDDR5X), a 384-bit bus with 256GB/s of bandwidth.

As always, until NVIDIA officially sets these rumors to rest and the official details into stone, it goes without saying that you’re going to have to take this bit of news with just a grain of salt.

Image source: WCCFTech.

Source: WCCFTech (1), (2).