Nvidia teases Pascal GeForces amid GTX 1000-series rumors

Well, looks like the rumor mill may have gotten the June reveal date of Pascal-based gaming cards wrong. A mysterious new site called "Order of 10" has popped up, completet with a countdown timer and imagery of gray polygons heading towards Earth. Look familiar? It should. The countdown ends Friday, at which time these mysterious polygons will land.

The "temporal shards."

How is this site related to Nvidia's Pascal architecture? Well, GamersNexus received a mysterious briefcase with imagery similar to the Power of 10 graphics. A collective effort ensued and the community worked out Nvidia's puzzle, finding many references to Kepler and Fermi, among other names. Going by that info, it seems pretty clear this teaser site is referring to the next generation of GeForces.

Since we're discussing rumors, we may as well ask the waiter for the table salt and go a little further. We wrote up some purported GTX 1080 die shots not long ago, and today it's time for the hypothetical GTX 1060 Ti. Guru3D has taken a look at some images and numbers originating from a forum thread on Chinese site ChipHell which apparently depict the would-be GTX 1060 Ti GPU.

The pictured chip is accompanied by a set of Samsung GDDR5 chips, believed to comprise a total of 6GB of VRAM on a 192-bit bus. Given those characteristics, Guru3D believes that the GTX 1070 and GTX 1060 Ti will be positioned as direct competitors to AMD's first consumer-oriented iteration of its Polaris architecture. AMD previously said that Polaris 10 and Polaris 11 chips will be targeted at notebooks, consoles, and the mainstream market.

If you're curious about the technical deep end of Nvidia's Pascal architecture, then look no further than Rys Sommefeldt's excellent writeup. Just sit down comfortably, put the phone away, and grab a nice drink before reading—this is a document worth your undivided attention.

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    • Rageypoo
    • 3 years ago

    Pascal is coming.

    • ronch
    • 3 years ago

    This marketing gimmick reminds me of AMD.

    • Mr Bill
    • 3 years ago

    Stand by for Total Orbital Tesselation.

    • quaz0r
    • 3 years ago

    i had to remind myself i am actually interested in these next-gen gpus. this ridiculous marketing hype BS always has the opposite of the intended effect on me, i dont know about anyone else? i see that garbage and it makes me take the thing way less seriously. its like a vagrant aggressively trying to push his hustle on you as you walk down the street. your instinct is to look the other way and get away as fast as possible.

    • Raymond Page
    • 3 years ago

    Nvidia should really start branding their cards as n3, n5, n7 series to match Intel’s lead and unify the computing marketing environment.

      • Voldenuit
      • 3 years ago

      i3 6267U, i3 6098P, i5 6360U, i5 6350HQ, i5 6442EQ, i5 6685R, i7 6600U, i7 6660U.

      Yay, confusion!

    • Ninjitsu
    • 3 years ago

    Re: 1060 Ti – [url=https://techreport.com/news/29999/rumor-nvidia-kills-some-maxwell-chips-ahead-of-june-pascal-launch?post=974645<]called it[/url<].

      • ImSpartacus
      • 3 years ago

      There’s only so many possible names that they could use, lol. It isn’t a great feat to pick the right one.

    • bfar
    • 3 years ago

    Nvidia seem pretty keen to get to market asap. Good for them. Here’s hoping it’s a competitive move. I’ll be waiting until both Pascal and Polaris are on the shelves before I consider an upgrade.

      • rUmX
      • 3 years ago

      I agree. They’ve been really quiet on the DX12 front. I hope Pascal gives Nvidia huge boosts in DX12.

      • beck2448
      • 3 years ago

      Excited to see in reality. Long time coming. There should be some interesting advancements.

      • DPete27
      • 3 years ago

      Definitely waiting until Polaris. Especially when the rumor is saying [url=http://www.fudzilla.com/news/graphics/40585-amd-polaris-10-packs-390-performance<]Polaris 10 will have 390/390X performance at a launch price of $300[/url<]. Let the pricing wars begin!!

        • Prestige Worldwide
        • 3 years ago

        I don’t see how that can seem appealing when you could get a R9-290 for $225 a year ago.

          • DPete27
          • 3 years ago

          In all fairness, the Bitcoin bubble was an extenuating circumstance.

            • Prestige Worldwide
            • 3 years ago

            The bitcoin bubble drove prices way up, I don’t understand what you’re getting at here.

            You could buy new 290s for $225 last year before the 390 came out.

            • DPete27
            • 3 years ago

            The Bitcoin bubble did indeed drive prices way up. It also created record sales numbers for AMD R9-290/290Xs. When the [url=https://techreport.com/news/26502/graphics-card-demand-wanes-as-crypto-miners-move-on<]bubble burst around May 2014[/url<] Suddenly the 2nd hand market was flooded with "cheap" cards. Very high supply compared to the demand. Granted, the R9-390 wasn't released until June 2015, but I'd suspect there was still a significant enough supply of 2nd hand 290s out there to keep retail prices down. The R9-390 also launched with 8GB RAM while most R9-290s had 4GB which, although it didn't significantly improve performance, does increase the cost. Also IIRC, the $225 R9-290s where the noisy stock blower cooler types which weren't highly sought-after once the board partners had released axial fan solutions that were much quieter and cooler. Just my speculation (from what I remember).

        • Klimax
        • 3 years ago

        AMD starting price war? NOW? In their state? Not happening unless they have suicide wish…

    • bfar
    • 3 years ago

    Repost, sorry.

    • Bensam123
    • 3 years ago

    I assume if it were to launch on Friday, tech sites would already have cards in hand for testing and we’d be seeing more innuendo as far as ‘whats available to them’… plus a occasional NDA violation.

      • NovusBogus
      • 3 years ago

      It’s probably a paper launch or something like a Titan that nobody actually buys, followed by the actual cards in hand in a couple of months as originally anticipated. Even if they gave cards to a handful of [s<]ultra-loyal fansites[/s<] elite tech journalists, that's not the same thing as general availability and in the last few years we've had numerous cases where reviewers got something long before it was actually for sale.

        • ImSpartacus
        • 3 years ago

        Yeah, rumors have suggested that at least a couple of the new parts will use gddr5x, and that is coming around summer, I believe.

          • Prestige Worldwide
          • 3 years ago

          Just one part is using GDDR5X, the others are using GDDR5.

        • Deanjo
        • 3 years ago

        The original Titans sold like hot cakes until a faster card came out.

          • f0d
          • 3 years ago

          a friend of mine needed an original titan for gpgpu and for months all the computer shops we had access to in australia were sold out of them

          sold like hotcakes is an understatement

            • Deanjo
            • 3 years ago

            Yup, took me close to 1/2 a year to finally get my hands on a second one.

        • DPete27
        • 3 years ago

        Even the predicted June Computex launch from AMD and Nvidia was expected to be a paper launch, so you’re probably right.

    • anotherengineer
    • 3 years ago

    C’mon, mid-range 14/16nm, HD6850 replacement for $250 or less please!!!

      • EzioAs
      • 3 years ago

      Same here. Gonna replace my GTX 660 although yours is even older 🙂

      • rUmX
      • 3 years ago

      I went from a 6850 to a $200 r9 290. It was sweeeet!

    • torquer
    • 3 years ago

    Woo hoo, 16 days left in my “Step Up” period with eVGA. Lets hope its a hard launch.

    • NovusBogus
    • 3 years ago

    I’ll admittedly be kicking myself if they launch with a 1060 Ti because that’s exactly the class of card that I wanted in the first place.

      • Prestige Worldwide
      • 3 years ago

      From what I’ve read, I think the 1070 and 1080 will be “launching” this Friday, followed by 1060ti in the fall.

    • torquer
    • 3 years ago

    But will it run Quantum Break?

      • yogibbear
      • 3 years ago

      Not on Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1 or through Steam or GOG or via an .exe file

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 3 years ago

        People still running XP in 2016 don’t deserve new games.

          • Srsly_Bro
          • 3 years ago

          Isn’t using XP enough punishment???

            • cygnus1
            • 3 years ago

            NO, it isn’t. Removal from the gene pool sounds about right.

            • BurntMyBacon
            • 3 years ago

            For whom?

      • Krogoth
      • 3 years ago

      It needs DX12 for some silly reason. The developers are just shooting themselves in the feet if they want jump onto DX12 exclusive bandwagon at this stage of the game.

        • Krogoth
        • 3 years ago

        DX12-tier hardware userbase is still a small minority at this time. If you want to develop a game that will sale well then you need to code it around the hardware platform that most userbase have on hand.

        It makes more business sense to offer DX10-11 compatibility modes at this time. It will another year or two before it does make sense to make a DX12 exclusive title.

          • ImSpartacus
          • 3 years ago

          Did you just reply to yourself?

            • DrCR
            • 3 years ago

            He was unimpressed with his initial post.

      • freebird
      • 3 years ago

      But will it run Quantum Broken???

    • Voldenuit
    • 3 years ago

    nvidia should brand these cards using their “Ten” moniker. So the mainstream consumer card is 5/10, mainstream enthusiast card is 7/10, and the high end card is 9/10.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 3 years ago

      1/10 post…

      Sup?

        • Voldenuit
        • 3 years ago

        Touché.

      • morphine
      • 3 years ago

      10/10 would read again.

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 3 years ago

      [url<]http://www.truckroadservice.com/10_codes.html[/url<]

      • Archer
      • 3 years ago

      Not for me. I only want a 10 that goes to 11.

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 3 years ago

        AMD will have a Polaris 10 and Polaris 11.

      • Mr Bill
      • 3 years ago

      Seven of Nine would beg to differ.

        • Voldenuit
        • 3 years ago

        7/9 would SLI again.

    • Pitabred
    • 3 years ago

    I’m curious but unable to dedicate any time… what do the white words in the three middle bars translate to? They have a replacement cypher decoded in links from each of the 6 sections, should be able to decipher it pretty easily.

      • Ninjitsu
      • 3 years ago

      “Find the hidden directory”

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    It never lives up to the hype.
    Never.
    #AtLeastCapsaicinHadHotWings

      • DoomGuy64
      • 3 years ago

      It’s like waiting for a new iproduct or something. Hypeity Hype Hype. Hipety Hopity. All aboard the Hype train. Choo Choo. While snorting pure Hype. Breath it in. Listen and Believe.

      This chip could cure cancer…
      [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmaYH1F6kho[/url<]

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