It looks like Nvidia will be unveiling its lineup of GTX 20-series graphics cards sooner than expected. A report from Chinese tech site, MyDrivers, stated that Nvidia may indeed be releasing its brand new series of graphics cards sometime this year – possibly in Q3 2017.
Now, most of us would look at this rumour and think that it makes sense for Nvidia to do so, especially since its GTX 10-series of graphics cards were first unveiled back in May 2016. One rather odd detail about MyDrivers’ report, however, is that instead of using refreshed Pascal GPUs, Nvidia’s GTX 20-series graphics cards may come with Volta GPUs.
The reason why I’ve mentioned that it’s ‘odd’ is because in Nvidia’s official GPU roadmap, Volta GPUs are only expected to arrive in 2018. Plus, it seems very unlikely that Nvidia wants to phase out Pascal GPUs already – it has only been a year since they were released. One should also note that, at the moment, Nvidia is still dominating the high-end graphics card market with its Pascal-based cards.
Then again, perhaps MyDrivers may know something that we don’t. The decision to push the launch date of Volta-based graphics cards early could possibly be due to Radeon’s upcoming RX Vega graphics cards. I’m sure most of our readers may’ve already known that Vega-based graphics cards will be aimed at the high-end market.
Knowing this, it seems likely that Nvidia is anticipating Radeon’s upcoming graphics cards to be just as powerful as current Pascal-based cards. Of course, this is only an uneducated guess. Regardless, if this rumour were to indeed be true, then consumers and especially Nvidia fanboys should expect the green company to unveil very powerful graphics cards this year.