Rumour has it that Nvidia will officially be debuting the Pascal GPU at GTC (GPU Technology Conference) 2016. In addition to that, sources are claiming that the company will then be officially unveiling Pascal-based graphics card at this year’s Computex.
Now, it must be said that this isn’t the first time Nvidia has planned to unveil its highly anticipated GPU. In fact, at CES 2016, the company showcased the Drive PX 2 – a supercomputer for cars – that was supposedly equipped with a Pascal GPU. It didn’t take long before consumers noticed something strange. The GPU on the Drive PX 2 was in fact, a GTX 980 MXM GPU.
Therefore, it’s safe to assume that, to this day, Pascal GPUs have never seen the light of day – at least publicly. Despite this, several sources are claiming that Nvidia will – finally – be showcasing the Pascal GPU in April at GTC 2016. What better way to showcase a product if not at your own event right?
Then again, one has to keep one thing in mind: the Pascal GPU that is predicted to debut at GTC 2016 may just be the final form of the Drive PX 2, instead of a consumer-ready graphics card. There is a high possibility that this will indeed be the case, simply because the GTC 2016 attendees list is filled with car manufacturers – not a single AIB company in sight.
Worry not, there is still Computex 2016, which will be happening on the 31st of May this year. Folks at SweClockers are saying that Nvidia is planning to launch the first iteration of Pascal-based graphics card at this year’s Computex.
It must be said however, there is a high change that the Pascal-based graphics card that will be showcased at Computex will instead be intended for the mobile market – or more specifically, a GM204 (GTX 900M series) successor. Nonetheless, one thing is for sure, Nvidia will be talking about GPUs at the event.
The possibility of Nvidia launching a desktop variant Pascal-based graphics card at Computex is unknown. Moreover, there are reports suggesting that TSMC – Nvidia’s manufacturing partner – is facing difficulties in meeting the manufacturing deadline for Pascal GPUs. Knowing this, the best case scenario would be a paper launch of Pascal-based desktop graphics cards at Computex 2016 instead.
Regardless, be it a paper launch or just a mere announcement, there are only two things that all gamers and PC enthusiasts want to hear from Nvidia: Pascal’s price and release date. Here’s to hoping that Nvidia will mention at least one of those two things we all crave for.