Rumour: Nvidia's Next-Gen GPU Architecture is Ampere, to be Revealed at GTC in March 2018

Written by Jon Sutton on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 9:57 AM

Forget Volta - the latest rumours surrounding Nvidia’s next-generation GPU architecture suggests it will, in fact, be GeForce Ampere. According to Heise.de, Nvidia is planning to reveal/pre-launch Ampere during GPU Technology Conference in March, much earlier than the second half of 2018 that we were expecting.

The Ampere microarchitecture may be an evolution of the Volta chips used in Nvidia’s supercomputer GPUs (or a devolution without Tensor Cores), or it could refer to cut down consumer versions designed to bring affordability to the next-generation. Whatever the case, the rumours suggest Ampere will be the successor to Nvidia’s GeForce 10 series graphics cards. I think we’re looking at either GeForce 11 or GeForce 20.

As for how much truth there is to these rumours, take it with a pinch of salt as always. We’ve never heard anything about Ampere before from any Nvidia sources or official roadmaps. Volta is a known quantity though, so it would be unusual for Nvidia to change its trajectory like this.

A Q1 2018 launch really isn’t that far away either. You can be sure AMD’s desperately moving behind the scenes to bring its next-gen 7nm Navi GPU architecture into play whatever the case, with Nvidia cashing in on the current Pascal generation since May 2016. Two years between any GPU generation is a long time, although Nvidia is hardly under pressure from AMD to deliver more significantly more powerful GPUs anytime soon.

I don’t really know what to think of these rumours. Nvidia releasing Volta or Ampere at some point next year is assured, but all signs have previously pointed towards a launch later in the year. These 12nm GPUs are supposedly a significant leap forward in performance, utilising many new technologies such as GDDR6 or HBM, NVLink 2.0 and Tensor Cores.

What are your thoughts here, can you see Nvidia pushing out the Ampere GPU microarchitecture in Q1/Q2? Or are you still expecting Volta to arrive later in the year?

Source: Heise.de

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07:30 Dec-08-2017

I will be upgrading to next gen Nvidia... I dont wanna buy 10 series no more since around this time, it will be succeeded very shortly.... BTW I already have budget for 8600k set up. hahaha I will buy it maybe this month... wish me luck!!!!

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15:18 Nov-16-2017

So what do people think the nVidia Hypere's specs will be? 62 CUDA and 768 wide GDDR6 with a TDP of 118w?

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19:41 Nov-14-2017

i think its name will be gtx 2080
by the way another expensive hardware is going to release

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02:47 Nov-14-2017

my god where they come up with these names what next venus , saturn

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03:41 Nov-14-2017

They usually name architectures after scientists etc. Volta is as far as I can remember the person who invented the battery.

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11:34 Nov-14-2017

All the names for nvidia architectures come from famous physists so far. Enrico Fermi, Johannes Kepler, James Clerk Maxwell, Blaise Pascal, Nicola Tesla, Andre Marie Ampere, Alessandro Volta.. All of them were very famous physists, each one known for different breakthroughs in different subjects of physics.

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00:39 Nov-15-2017

*Nikola :)

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00:38 Nov-15-2017

You ever been to a physics class?

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12:01 Nov-15-2017

I am a physist :p

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22:32 Nov-15-2017

Not you,this Africababa guy

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21:05 Nov-13-2017

what happened to Volta?

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15:23 Nov-13-2017

still ok with my actual gpu

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14:46 Nov-17-2017

It will be outdated once the new ones arrive, trust me.

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14:13 Nov-13-2017

Yes! We need new GPU's, as I see it neither Nvidea or AMD has enough horsepower to be worth my money (for what I need). When Volta and Navi come out, I'll have lots of powerful chips to choose from :)

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15:45 Nov-13-2017

yeah but if you wait for what comes after volta you would have even stronger chips to choose from ;)

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19:54 Nov-13-2017

and if he wait a little bit more he will have even powerful chips ( its a never ending circle )

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16:59 Nov-16-2017

exactly xD

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18:49 Nov-16-2017

Calm down. Let's be clear, if I buy a 1080ti or a VEGA it will be outdated in less than a year because of upcoming architectures. So waiting is the intelligent thing to do, I don't NEED a GPU right now so I can wait. My GPU serves me fine, and the 1080ti is a almost 3 year old GPU. No thanks, I'll wait.

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13:14 Nov-13-2017

Awesome, cant wait for the xx80 version :)

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13:38 Nov-13-2017

Inb4 it's a cut down chip again...
I'll wait for them to release the full chip before even considering getting one.

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11:24 Nov-13-2017

I would like to know how many body parts I need to sell to get my hands on that generation.

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14:15 Nov-13-2017

Maybe a kidney should set you straight... Maybe.

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11:07 Nov-13-2017

Hey GD. Why dont you report about how EA's response have become the undisputed most downvoted comment on Reddit history?

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11:51 Nov-13-2017

We have!

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12:15 Nov-13-2017

Nah, I love microtransactions thanks. Can't get enough of them.

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17:53 Nov-14-2017

the irony is strong in this one

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10:39 Nov-13-2017

Ampere could be a Pascal refresh then Volta waiting in the wing until AMD brings something to the table. That's usually the way Nvidia do things

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10:11 Nov-13-2017

This is what I've been waiting for. Pair one of these with an Intel 8th Gen and it's golden :)

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