Nvidia's next gen GPUs powered by Turing chips to launch next month
Rumors about the next generation of consumer-oriented Nvidia GPUs have been around since late 2017. First it was thought that the upcoming GTX 2000 (or however Nvidia will choose to name the next generation) will feature slightly modified Volta chips, then, a few days ago the German 3DCenter forum started rumors regarding the Ampere GPUs that may or may not be derived from Volta, and now the reputable news agency Reuters is claiming that Nvidia's next gen GPUs are powered by chips code-named Turning, which will be released this March. Also, Nvidia preferred not to reveal anything, not even a teaser about the upcoming gaming GPUs at CES this year, which probably contributed to the increased speculation on the subject.
Reuters apparently found out about the Turing GPUs when investigating the latest financial reports released by Nvidia. The record Q4 profits seen by the green company have been yet again influenced by the cryptomining craze. Anticipating even higher profits for the current year, Nvidia is now determined to ramp up the GPU production to meet the demand of both gamers and cryptominers. Add to all this the fact that the Nvidia CEO believes that the crypto world is here to stay, being forever linked to GPUs moving forward, and the choice for the Turing code-name is starting to make some more sense. Allen Turing is considered to be the father of modern computing and cryptography, so the Turing GPU could be the rumored chip Nvidia is preparing for dedicated cryptomining cards.
Speculation time with the obvious grain of salt disclaimer: Either Nvidia could have been forced to change the Ampere naming, because Intel already announced that the upcoming ARM-based server chips will be called Ampere, or Nvidia just decided to separate the gaming GPU side (Ampere) and the dedicated cryptomining chips (Turing). In any case, the mystery will be elucidated in March, but knowing how things usually turn out, some leakers will most likely spoil things beforehand.
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