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Rumour: NVIDIA could release Volta-based graphics cards in the third quarter of 2017

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The GeForce 10 series lineup, powered by NVIDIA’s powerful Pascal architecture, now looks complete after the unveiling of the Titan Xp earlier this month, with the exception of a possible low-level GeForce 1030. We know that NVIDIA is teasing some sort of unveil for 29 April, and in my report, I also mentioned NVIDIA’s GPU roadmap showing Volta in 2018. However, that roadmap is quite old and things can change.

That’s where the latest rumour comes in, as Chinese tech website MyDrivers (as translated in this Hardforum post) indicates that NVIDIA might release the first graphics cards based on the Volta architecture as early as the third quarter of 2017, citing “market conditions” as the reason for an earlier release. The report is summarized as follows:

  • “Pascal lineup is complete now that NVIDIA launched Titan Xp and is about to launch GeForce GTX 1030
  • Based on their traditional upgrade cycle we should expect Volta by the end of the year or early 2018, but NVIDIA changed plans
  • Market situation in Q1-2017 was bad, graphics and other hardware sales in decline, price war, meager profits, sales not increasing the way they want to (vicious circle) 
  • According to the latest news, NVIDIA plans to release GeForce 20 series in advance, it is now expected to be released in the third quarter of this year
  • GeForce 20 series product prices, market positioning will be replanned
  • By launching sooner than expected they will be able to increase prices of single cards and increase profits"

NVIDIA’s major competitor, AMD, is also expected to release their Vega GPUs soon and their performance shows promise. Further, Rumours about a Pascal refresh and the graphics cards’ specifications have been floating around since September, which is also something to take into consideration. Even so NVIDIA might reveal more than just the next-gen Volta architecture soon.

At the time of writing there is no indication when NVIDIA’s next-gen GPU architecture will be officially unveiled, nor is there any indication of the pricing structure the 20-Series cards will have. Therefore, it is important to always take rumours like this one with a grain of salt until NVIDIA makes an official announcement.

What do you think about the idea of NVIDIA releasing Volta-based GPUs this year or would it be a bit too early for your liking? Let us know in the comment section below.

Sources: MyDrivers, Hardforum

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