Rumour has it that Nvidia’s next flagship GPU, codenamed GP104, will be coming with 8GB GDDR5X memory standard instead of HBM2. The unofficial name given to the GP104 GPU is GeForce GTX 1080, which is said to be the successor to Nvidia’s current 900 series graphics cards.
Despite this, the GPU will still retain the 16nm FinFet process that Nvidia had earlier planned. Interestingly, Nvidia is rumoured to be planning to unveil a Pascal graphics card based on the GP104 GPU during GTC 2016.
One assumes that HBM2 will probably be found on GP100 or Big Pascal, which is rumoured to be more powerful than the current GTX Titan X graphics card. The reasoning behind Nvidia’s decision to use GDDR5X for GP104 could be due to the fact that mass production of HBM2 memory modules is only expected to start in Q3 2016.
Knowing this, sources are claiming that Nvidia will release its first ever Pascal-based graphics card lineup as early as June – likely at Computex 2016. However, there is a chance that the Pascal lineup in Computex will instead be aimed for the mobile (gaming laptop) market instead.
How Nvidia fans will react to this rumour remain to be seen. It must be said that rumours being what they are, should be taken with a grain of salt.