While the PC community anxiously awaits the announcement of GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, Nvidia is setting the gear in the next to move beyond Pascal. Volta is the next-generation GPU architecture from Nvidia that will replace the current Pascal architecture sometime in 2018, according to official roadmap.
GTX 1080 Ti is the last piece of the Pascal GPU family, and even though Nvidia is yet to officially announce the GPU, Nvidia has begun preparing for the next big thing. Spotted by AIDA64, traces of Volta have been uncovered from the latest driver. The device ID carries the name GV100, which is as you would expect will be the flagship chip in Volta lineup, similar to how GP100 is the big chip in Pascal family.
The presence of Volta in the latest driver doesn’t necessarily mean we are on the verge of an announcement. It could simply mean that Nvidia has begun testing the chip. If you’re on the consumer side of the market, then you ought to keep your excitement in check. Nvidia has not used the GP100 chip for its GeForce lineup and it only powers the Tesla P100 accelerator.
This isn’t the first time we have heard of Volta, the first Volta based product was officially announced last year and that was Nvidia’s Xavier SoC, which is not due out before 2018.