Nvidia teases “spectacular surprises” at Gamescom pre-show party

The Gamescom expo runs from August 21 to August 25 in Cologne, Germany, and Nvidia will kick off the event with its own GeForce Gaming Celebration pre-show party. As Nvidia puts it, the GeForce Gaming Celebration “will be loaded with new, exclusive, hands-on demos of the hottest upcoming games, stage presentations from the world's biggest game developers, and some spectacular surprises.”

It's that last bit that will likely make a gaming public thirsty for new graphics cards perk up its ears. Rumors of Nvidia's next-generation graphics card plans have been circulating for months, but none of the usual sources of smoke signals have achieved consensus on just what those cards will be called, when they'll arrive, or how much they'll cost. Gamescom seems as good a venue as any for Nvidia to reveal some new info about its next-gen parts. Gamers who will be on the ground in Cologne and want to see those “spectacular surprises” in person would do well to register for the event ASAP.

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    • caconym
    • 1 year ago

    You’re all wrong. They’re going to announce a new nForce chipset!

      • jihadjoe
      • 1 year ago

      A clothing line! (any kind of clothes you want, so long as it’s a black leather jacket)

      • K-L-Waster
      • 1 year ago

      nForce for AMD APUs!!!

    • Leader952
    • 1 year ago

    Keep ragging on about Nvidia and their upcoming release of new gaming graphics cards. It’s not like AMD is going to.

    • NTMBK
    • 1 year ago

    Finally, a new NVidia Shield!!!

      • Philldoe
      • 1 year ago

      I would actually go for that. My original Shield tablets have been great.

      • tipoo
      • 1 year ago

      I wish. I think the Switch must have included provisions to prevent that, because it seemed like a TX1 refresh was just about out the door until it was suddenly cancelled.

      I think Nintendo made nice on an opportunity since Nvidia was stuck with a wafer silicon agreement for TX1 with not enough buyers, which was the reason they were making their own hardware nearly at-cost.

    • K-L-Waster
    • 1 year ago

    My prediction is they’re going to announce their next generation of self-driving car modules are so awesome they’re getting out of the GPU business and relaunching as a cross between Tesla and Uber.

    • Gadoran
    • 1 year ago

    Oooooooo it is a 12nm thing !!! Why ???? Were is 7nm???

    AMD yes NVIDIA nope !! why???

    Simple answer, actual 7nm is pure marketing that do not clock on SKUs and GPUs.

    • tipoo
    • 1 year ago

    “I guess you could say, we’re turning the surprises up to 11, ahh? Aaaaahhh?” – Jen Hsun probably

    • jihadjoe
    • 1 year ago

    Surprise! Our CEO lied and next-gen cards are here now and not “a long time away”.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 1 year ago

      CEO math. You wouldn’t understand. We can only anticipate the release.

      • K-L-Waster
      • 1 year ago

      Didn’t you get the tweet? We’re in the time of instant gratification. *Lunch* is “a long time away”.

    • Bensam123
    • 1 year ago

    My shelves and boards are ready for new mining hardware!

    • Chrispy_
    • 1 year ago

    Wouldn’t it be [i<]spectacular[/i<] if Nvidia announced VRR support for VESA/Freesync displays? I mean, [i<]that's[/i<] spectacular; Die-shrunk Volta with some GDDR6 is neither spectacular, nor a surprise.

      • DPete27
      • 1 year ago

      I agree! That would truly be spectacular.

      • odizzido
      • 1 year ago

      That would be amazing, but I think jensen is too busy using a wad of cash to wank into a pile of gsync modules.

      EDIT———-
      Maybe that’s the spectacular surprise. A gsync module with jensen’s special sauce.

        • K-L-Waster
        • 1 year ago

        That’s an image I really didn’t need to have before my first cup of coffee…

          • NTMBK
          • 1 year ago

          I’ve had my first cup of coffee. Trust me, it doesn’t help.

      • rudimentary_lathe
      • 1 year ago

      That would indeed be spectacular. Nvidia’s support of proprietary standards is one of the main reasons I went AMD last time for my GPU.

      • Krogoth
      • 1 year ago

      Volta isn’t a getting die-shrink anytime soon. Nvidia is waiting until TSMC’s 7nm matures before doing that.

      Turing is going to be a tweaked Pascal since almost all of Volta’s improvements have little to no impact on gaming performance. They are going to axe that stuff and just refine Pascal and add more blocks for each design.

      As for as Nvidia picking up VESA’s VRR standard for their desktop GPUs. They aren’t going to be doing that until G-Sync 1.0 becomes economically untenable. In other words, AMD is throwing severe competition in the high-end GPU market. This prospect seems to be highly unlikely in the foreseeable future.

        • Chrispy_
        • 1 year ago

        I dunno, a lot of Nvidia users (me included) are getting mighty pissed about the overpriced, limited, and TV-less selection of G-Sync options. I *know* that the Nvidia card is faster and cooler but I found a sweet VA HDR WQHD WTFBBQ 32″ Freesync monitor for €450 less than the G-Sync non-HDR equivalent and bought the RX Vega [i<]with the savings[/i<]. My other PC got the GTX980 upgrade as a hand-me-down and I still had money in my pocket and a GPU to put on eBay. I think the monitor manufacturers are sick of Nvidia's **** too. I'm on the lookout for an extremely quiet RX Vega or RX580 for the HTPC. My TV had a Freesync firmware update it and the GTX980 is just wasting the potential. I suspect Nvidia will support Freesync TV's only when hell freezes over.

          • stefem
          • 1 year ago

          For your consolation those early freesync HDR monitors sucks, some lack any HDR certifications or standard and all are edge lit with dimming zone ranging just from 8 to 32 (which are simply too low to works well and avoid artifact).
          There’s a reason if there are a narrow choice of G-Sync monitors compared to FreeSync ones, NVIDIA only allows manufacturers to use panels that NVIDIA tested to work well in VRR and for which they developed a overdrive compensation profile. This translate to less choice but also better overall quality

            • Ifalna
            • 1 year ago

            Oh yeah, that’s why all the Asus and Acer GSync gamer displays have such horrible QA and massive Backlight bleed (not IPS glow) issues to the point of people ordering 4 to 6 to finally get a good one. 😀

            • stefem
            • 1 year ago

            What you describe sounds like a QA problem which has nothing to do with NVIDIA (which obviously only select the panel model, not every single panel…)
            I honestly doubt of your numbers as mine had no problems at all and the ones (all Acer but different models) bought by my friends was good too and, by the way, you are contradicting yourself as if all are affected then changing 4, 6 or even 100 times would not change anything.
            Specialized monitors reviewer didn’t encountered problems you describe either and they didn’t get the product on loan from the manufacturer, they bought one from resellers

      • psuedonymous
      • 1 year ago

      Open sourcing (and/or FRAND licensing) G-Sync would be an interesting ‘the ball’s in your court now’ move, though I can’t see them letting that IP out of their control without some minimum-performance clauses. The current state of ‘Freesync’ is a vindication that anything without requirements will end up as a tick-the-checkbox-in-the-firmware-but-put-in-no-further-effort exercise.

    • lycium
    • 1 year ago

    A 32GB GPU that doesn’t cost the earth / isn’t based on Titan V silicon?

      • chuckula
      • 1 year ago

      Well you got the second part of that right.

    • Krogoth
    • 1 year ago

    It is going to be a PR launch of “Turing” SKUs with cherry-picked benchmarks/tech demos to showcase it. Hyping up it with “MSRP” that will not reflect reality.

    Pre-orders will start for “Founder’s Edition” that will be release in time for “Back to School” season while regular reference design stuff will be release Late-September/Early October with custom AIB designs coming out in the Holiday season.

      • chuckula
      • 1 year ago

      That’s a lot of words. You could have just posted this launch’s score on the Krogoth Scale.

        • Krogoth
        • 1 year ago

        I give it 2 Krogoths (mildly unimpressive a.k.a repeat of Pascal launch)

          • chuckula
          • 1 year ago

          Yeah, this is just like Pascal all over again. Nothing for us to be worried about over here!
          [Nervous laughter]
          — AMD

            • Krogoth
            • 1 year ago

            AMD RTG ceased to care about high-end gaming graphics since GCN 1.0 failed to put a dent in Kepler. Maxwell’s massive uptake through 970 pretty much cemented Nvidia’s dominance in the high-end discrete gaming market.

            Nvidia would need to pull a bigger debacle than FX and AMD RTG would need to pull off a repeat of R3xx at the same time. In order to renew AMD RTG’s interest in high-end discrete solutions.

            AMD RTG is going back to ATI’s roots (they were huge in OEM market in 1980-early 2000s) via APUs and semi-intregrated GPU solutions.

            • DancinJack
            • 1 year ago

            Have you heard of the RX Vega 56 and 64? They’re totally competitive at the “high-end” (at least in terms of raw performance). And if the argument is “they don’t have a 1080Ti” then sure, I guess that counts, but if you don’t consider the 1080/1070 (Ti) to be high-end then I don’t know what to tell ya.

            • Krogoth
            • 1 year ago

            Vega architecture was designed to a professional GPU/general compute and a bridge to the APU/semi-intergrated GPU from the start. Navi will finish it up with the APU/semi-integrated GPU angle.

            AMD RTG knows that outside of a massive screw-up on Nvidia’s end. They will never retake the high-end gaming market from Nvidia. GCN 1.0’s (HD 7xxx family) failure to overtake Kepler when it was clearly the superior architecture was the final straw.

            • Waco
            • 1 year ago

            I think you overestimate how much the “1080 Ti” space matters versus the “1070” space. AMD has competitive solutions for everything GTX 1080 and down.

            Not currently having the crown doesn’t mean they’ve ceded it.

            • Klimax
            • 1 year ago

            “Competitive”. They needed massive chips with near-exotic memory technology to get there and sell them at near-nonexistent margins.

            That’s barely holding surviving foothold in market.

            • Waco
            • 1 year ago

            :shrug:. Competitive in price:performance is all that really matters for consumers

            • Kretschmer
            • 1 year ago

            Have you tried to buy a Vega on the open market in the past year? They were never price:performance competitive due to crypto markups.

            • Waco
            • 1 year ago

            And this is AMD’s fault how? The whole market sucked for the last year.

            • Kretschmer
            • 1 year ago

            As a consumer I don’t care who is at fault; I care about price and performance. This is computer parts not sports team cheering.

            • Waco
            • 1 year ago

            Agreed. Now that prices have returned to parity for performance aspects it seems many are way too hung up on the past.

            • JustAnEngineer
            • 1 year ago

            I paid MSRP for both of the Radeon RX Vega cards that I purchased.

            • K-L-Waster
            • 1 year ago

            They may match up well on specs, but if those cards haven’t gained AMD much in terms of market share it means very little.

            • chuckula
            • 1 year ago

            While I will of course be downthumbed by the usual suspects, let’s play the product comparison game.

            Let’s say that AMD launches an 8 core RyZen CPU in 2017 that gets the fanboys all a flutter.
            Comparison point: Nvidia launching the GTX-1080 in 2016.

            Then let’s go into 2018 and assume that Intel launches a [b<]10 core[/b<] consumer CPU that has all sorts of advanced technological features (HBM, all that "async" stuff, whatever that weird cache thing in Vega that nobody uses, etc. etc. etc.). OK: That 10 core CPU in 2018... [b<]flat out loses[/b<] to AMD's 8 core CPU from 2017 on launch. Comparison point: AMD launching Vega in late 2017. [b<]BUT WAIT!![/b<] Thanks to Intel's software development magic there's "fine wine" and a full year later in 2019 thanks to software tweaks that 10 core Intel CPU from 2018 finally [b<]doesn't lose[/b<] to AMD's RyZen from 2017. Comparison point: Here we are in late 2018 and thanks to "fine wine" the much larger Vega 64 doesn't lose to -- but doesn't really outclass either -- a smaller GTX-1080 from 2016. Now, in this scenario, which is dead on accurate as to what has actually gone on here, how many of the exact same people who worship Vega would proudly come out and scream that -- wait for it -- [b<]Intel's year late, bloated, and underperforming CPU[/b<] is clearly the "future proof" technological victor that we should all praise while dumping on AMD. That's literally what's happened here with the names changed around to be less politically correct to the right parties. It's also a major reason why I don't get along with the braindead koolaid drinking AMD crowd who's only logical thought process is AMD GOOD NO MATTER WHAT. Now you might start saying: BUT THE PRICE. Well, for the first 15+ months of its existence the GTX-1080 might have been "overpriced" for some arbitrary definition of overpriced, but you literally couldn't have bought a Vega 64 for $1 million prior to its release. Bear in mind that I got a custom GTX-1080 less than a month after launch for $650 in 2016 and miners in 2017-2018 would have sold their own grandmothers for the opportunity to get a Vega 64 at that price, so calling Nvidia's prices some "huge ripoff" is very relative and highly subjective here. After the release happened, the Vega 64 was never really that competitive on real-world prices until quite recently after the mining crash happened too.

            • Waco
            • 1 year ago

            I’m sorry, I’m confused. The product history doesn’t really affect the usefulness [i<]right now[/i<] so why are we talking about it? Prior to the mining glut the performance was on par for the price. Currently the performance is on par for the price. That's all I was saying, could we please keep the fanboyisms out of it? The downthumbs for this one are currently from me. 🙂

            • chuckula
            • 1 year ago

            [quote<]The product history doesn't really affect the usefulness right now so why are we talking about it?[/quote<] Oh you want to talk about right now. OK, why do I want to buy a Vega 64 that's still not really at the almost laughably low MSRP that AMD pretended it would have back at launch when Nvidia is about to drop a new series of cards. I'm not joking either. Go look at the launch article and the $500 Vega 64 price: [url<]https://techreport.com/review_full/32391/amd-radeon-rx-vega-64-and-rx-vega-56-graphics-cards-reviewed[/url<] Nvidia at least gets credit for selling GTX-1080s at a lower price today than what was going on last year on the date of Vega's launch. Can't say that about Vega 64 even [b<]after[/b<] the mining market crashed.

            • Waco
            • 1 year ago

            I wouldn’t suggest anyone buy a card [i<]right now[/i<]. Regardless, MSRP has never meant much of anything once a product hits the market. Mining is still driving demand, just nowhere near where it was a few months ago. Dollar for dollar they're roughly comparable at GTX 1080 levels and below. I don't understand the impulse to crown a "winner" or get all cranky about imaginary MSRP pricing (though you can get AIB Vega 64s for mid/high 500s right now). I understand you like to be inflammatory and that you can't stand fanboys...but you know damn well that fighting like with like on this doesn't help anyone. 🙂

            • Kretschmer
            • 1 year ago

            You mean the cards that cost way too much on the open market while gobbling power? I haven’t heard of them often in actual gaming desktops.

      • blastdoor
      • 1 year ago

      Hmm…. the “MSRP Edition”….

    • JosiahBradley
    • 1 year ago

    More AI !!!

      • Krogoth
      • 1 year ago

      Nah, they already hype-up AI to death with official Volta-based Telsa and Quadro units.

      This is totally going to be “Turning” SKUs that the rumors keep persisting about. Just in time to ruin any potential hype for a Vega refresh.

        • Leader952
        • 1 year ago

        [quote<]potential hype for a Vega refresh[/quote<] What drugs are you on now!!! There is no Vega refresh coming. There will be a 7nm professional Vega but it will be priced like Volta is and is NOT a gaming card.

          • Krogoth
          • 1 year ago

          It will be one coming out to keep the marketing and OEM types happy even if means doing a simple rebrand on the existing SKUs.

      • Ninjitsu
      • 1 year ago

      The sad part is, if it were about actual usable AI in games, there’s a 75% chance it would be some GameWorks thing that would only run on Nvidia (although that would be really bad for the game’s sales, arguably).

      • deruberhanyok
      • 1 year ago

      Everybody needs more Al.

      [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpMvS1Q1sos[/url<]

    • Ryhadar
    • 1 year ago

    Last time I got excited for a surprise-annoucement-I-can’t-miss AMD told us that they were calling the gaming Vega chip “RX Vega”.

    I’ll just wait until Tech Report reports on it.

      • chuckula
      • 1 year ago

      Just wait until you hear what they’re calling Threadripper 2!

        • deruberhanyok
        • 1 year ago

        Threadrippier!

          • derFunkenstein
          • 1 year ago

          and then the third one can be “Thread Rip with a Vengeance” and star Samuel L Jackson

            • K-L-Waster
            • 1 year ago

            Followed much much later by “Rip Free or Thread Hard”

            • derFunkenstein
            • 1 year ago

            No wonder the number 4 is considered unlucky abroad and the fourth Zen architecture is “Zen 5”

            • uni-mitation
            • 1 year ago

            Superstitions I say: there is nothing to poin

        • tsk
        • 1 year ago

        Threadripper 3?

        • Freon
        • 1 year ago

        … Electric Buggalo

          • chuckula
          • 1 year ago

          You get all the upthumbs.

          • Mr Bill
          • 1 year ago

          [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_buffalo_Buffalo_buffalo_buffalo_buffalo_Buffalo_buffalo<]Buggalo buggalo Buggalo buggalo buggalo buggalo Buggalo buggalo[/url<]

      • Mikael33
      • 1 year ago

      Poor Volta … lol.

    • techguy
    • 1 year ago

    This better be about the next-gen Geforce announcement.

      • chuckula
      • 1 year ago

      It’s either that or it’s the we-made-too-many-pascal-cards-and-then-the-mine-caved-in fire sale.

        • techguy
        • 1 year ago

        Can’t it be both? The firesale looks like it may have begun already – almost every NV card is down to ~ MSRP now (+/- $50)

        • psuedonymous
        • 1 year ago

        It’s hilarious how some people think:
        a) “GPUs are selling at MSRP 4 years after launch” is somehow a terible situation for AIB manufacturers and constitutes a “fire sale”
        and/or
        b) Nvidia somehow get any extra money for AIB and reseller markups (Nvidia aren’t selling RAM dies, after all)

      • K-L-Waster
      • 1 year ago

      “Launch 1180 now or RIOT!!!!11!!”

    • chuckula
    • 1 year ago

    [quote<]Nvidia teases "spectacular surprises" at Gamescom pre-show party[/quote<] Oh no... Jen-Hsun was drunk and accidentally got an AMD tattoo.

      • MOSFET
      • 1 year ago

      Keller and Koduri talked him into an Intel tattoo in [url=https://chemistry.oregonstate.edu/content/story-yinmn-blue<]Oregon State Blue[/url<].

      • tipoo
      • 1 year ago

      The funny thing is Jen Hsun is related to Lisa Su! Her Biao Jiu, which should be her mom’s cousins brother.

      If she was quick enough at that family reunion he was drunk at…

        • cynan
        • 1 year ago

        Wouldn’t someone’s mother’s cousin’s brother also be their mother’s cousin? Making Jen Hsun Lisa Sue’s cousin once removed?

        Maybe you meant her mom’s brother’s cousin?

          • Growler
          • 1 year ago

          My best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who’s going with the girl who saw Jen-Hsun pass out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it’s pretty serious.

            • tipoo
            • 1 year ago

            Her father’s brother’s nephew’s cousin’s former roommate

            • Growler
            • 1 year ago

            What does that make us?

            • chuckula
            • 1 year ago

            ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, WHICH IS WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO BECOME!

            • tipoo
            • 1 year ago

            Absolutely nothing!

          • derFunkenstein
          • 1 year ago

          wouldn’t that also be her mom’s cousin?

      • Voldenuit
      • 1 year ago

      [quote<]Oh no... Jen-Hsun was drunk and accidentally got an AMD tattoo.[/quote<] What happened in Vega stays in Vega.

      • anotherengineer
      • 1 year ago

      Nah…..

      He got a new leather jacket!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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