Flying in the face of the recent Ampere rumours, Reuters is reporting that Nvidia is planning to launch its next-generation ‘Turing’ GeForce GPUs next month. This is the first we’ve ever heard of Turing graphics cards, on top of the already confirmed Volta and Ampere. But just what is it?
We’re left with a few options. Firstly, Nvidia is planning a massive rebrand of its next-gen GPUs. Rather than opt for Ampere or Volta, Nvidia is changing direction and going with Turing. It seems likely that Volta is going to be reserved for workstation and professional graphics, which is why we’ve seen Ampere spun off as a gaming-focused variant. With Volta and Ampere already inbound, and widely known, it seems a bit foolish for Nvidia to just drop the names and go for Turing. There may be another reason behind the scenes for this, such as copyright issues, but it seems highly unlikely.
The second possibility stems from Turing himself. Like all of Nvidia’s recent GPUs, Turing is named after a scientist. In this case, it’s Alan Turing, a mathematician and computer scientist who “was highly influential in the development of theoretical computer science, providing a formalisation of the concepts of algorithm and computation with the Turing machine, which can be considered a model of a general purpose computer,” according to Wikipedia. He worked on the Enigma encryption machine during World War 2, and he was generally considered to be a leader in the world of complex algorithms.
In essence, Turing is a cryptographic specialist. This raises an interesting point. Nvidia could well be planning to bring two new GeForce GPU families to the market in March/April. One would be Ampere, for the gaming-focused graphics cards, while Turing would be dedicated to GPUs engineered for cryptomining. Not only would this be an escalation in how seriously Nvidia is taking the huge demand from the cryptocurrency market, but it could also be a method to free of gaming graphics cards for gamers.
While we’re dealing with total speculation at this point, Nvidia could even go so far as to attempt to actively prevent cryptocurrency mining on its Ampere graphics cards. This would help dramatically with the spiraling prices and ensure the right GPUs are going to the right people.
The third and final possibility is that Reuters has got this totally wrong. That there is no Turing GPUs and wires have simply been crossed. It seems unlikely Reuters would just pluck the Turing name out of thin air, but there we go.
Can you see Nvidia going down the route of splitting up its gaming and crypto GeForce graphics cards? Would this spell doom for AMD if GeForce prices dropped while demanding for AMD Radeon remained sky-high from both miners and gamers? Let us know what you think!