Nvidia Pascal GP104 Chip Pictured!


At the rate things are going, Pascal may end up the most hyped graphics card release in recent memory. So far we’ve been treated to die shots of GP106, the low-end chip used in the Drive PX 2. The GP104, set to release a little over a month from now, has remained hidden from view, till today.

Coming out from Chinese forums, we can finally see what GP104 looks like. The SKU we have before us is the GP104-200, the one that is expected to bed used for the GTX 1070, the middle of the pack for GP104. The die size comes in at about 333 mm which is remarkably similar to the GM204. Around the die, we are able to see some Samsung 8Gbps 8Gb modules. This is what we have expected for the GTX 1070 and suitable for the GTX 1080 if it doesn’t use GDDRRX.

Overall, the leak today confirms what we already know about Nvidia’s plans. They will start off with the small GXx04 die as the “flagship” and follow it up with the bigger die later on. If the die size is correct, we maybe seeing a decently larger chip than the GM204 due to the die shrink. However, Pascal may bring back some of the compute cut out in Maxwell so it remains to be seen how the chip will truly perform.

Nvidia Pascal GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 Prices Leaked

With Computex just over a month away, leaks have been popping up daily about Nvidia’s upcoming Pascal graphics cards. So far, we’ve seen a lot of leak around the physical card but nothing yet on core specifications or pricing. Today, according to Taiwanese insiders, we are getting a look at how much GP104 will set buyers back. The GTX 1070 will reportedly sell for NT $ 19990 and the GTX1080 will sell for NT $ 27990.

Converting the prices, you get around $620 and $870 for the 1070 and 1080 respectively. That seems a bit high considering that you can find the 980 at about $500 and the 980Ti at $700. However, if you only consider NT prices, that’s exactly in line with what the GTX 980 and 980Ti cost in Taiwan respectively. This suggests to me that the GP104 cards would be priced where the GTX 980 and 980Ti are right now based on the market they are selling in

These prices are in line with what we’ve come to expect from Nvidia and mirror the GTX 670/680 and GTX 970/980 launches. The GTX 1070 will significantly less and offer competitive performance and the GTX 1080 will command the extra flagship premium. While high the prices are understandable given the new process and architecture. It’s just a shame that the top end GP100 won’t be the true flagship anymore at launch.

Nvidia GTX 1080/1070 Shroud Teardown Appears Online

Earlier in the week, we got our first glimpse of what might be the GTX 1080 might look like. That was pretty much what we expected given what saw earlier of leaked GTX 1080/1070 cooler shrouds. Today, VideoCardz has found someone who has been able to tear down the cooler shroud of the 1080/1070 and show us just how they are made. The shroud reportedly comes in 4 separate parts that are put together to form the entire component.

In the case of this specific leak, the process used is die-sinking. The biggest part comes with the GTX 10_0 punched out, with the third spot left uncut. This will allow for easier reuse to turn it either in GTX 1070 or GTX 1080 shrouds as production needs dictate. The polygonal fan bracket itself is made of magnesium alloy and is the next largest piece. Finally, we have a Nvidia logo and a side panel that has GeForce GTX punched out.

More and more leaks are expected given the fact that GP104 has already entered mass production. There is no way for GP104 to arrive at Computex unless Nvidia already has everything being made. At this point, we should be seeing GP104 cards starting to be shipped to stores in preparation for the launch. All we need now is a leak confirming the GTX 1060Ti.

Nvidia Reportedly Stopped Maxwell GM204 and GM200 Production

Winding down production of a soon to be discontinued product is industry standard practice. When you see production of current models cease, that’s when you know the next generation is just around to corner. Two weeks ago, we brought you news that Nvidia may have stopped GTX 980Ti production. Now it seems that Nvidia has also ceased production of 2 other Maxwell-based GPUs in preparation of Pascal.

According to HWBattle, both of the GM204 based GPUs are no longer being supplied to AiB partners. This means the GTX 970 and 980 will disappear off store shelves sometime between the next 2 months given a normal logistics situation. At the same time, this means the replacements for GM200 and GM204 are well on their way and may arrive within 2 months as well. This is perfect for the late May launch at Computex.

As we’ve reported before, the replacements will be the 3 GP104 chips that will be called GTX 1080, 1070 and 1060Ti. These are the GP104-400, GP104-200 and GP104-150 respectively. Furthermore, the usual practice of launching reference cards first followed by custom ones will not be followed by the GTX 1070. Instead, the custom cards will launch at the same time as the reference models. With Computex just around the corner, we’ll all find out soon what GeForce Pascal truly is like.

Nvidia May Launch 3 Pascal GP104 SKUs at Computex

For those of you hoping for massive performance jump with the launch of Pascal, prepare to be disappointed. Every new generation tends to improve performance but some more than others. According to previous rumours, Nvidia is using their GP104 die to replace the GTX 980Ti with the GTX 1080 and 1070. Now, the latest reports are suggesting that Nvidia will launch 3 different Pascal SKUs, all based off of GP104, at Computex.

As the xx4 die, GP104 has traditionally been viewed as the smaller chip to the larger x10 or x00 dies that traditionally power flagships. Due to this, don’t expect Pascal to surpass the 980Ti by any large amount. Today’s news also furthers that impression. By splitting GP104 into 3 SKUs, we can expect performance between the 3 cards to be pretty close. It wouldn’t make sense to have so many close performing cards to the flagship which suggests that GP104 won’t be real flagship material.

By slipping GP104 into 3 SKUs, we will likely run into the same situation as the GTX 560Ti 448/570/580 and the 660Ti/670/680. If we take our past experience with those cards as the guideline, we can expect differentiation, not just on the core but the memory bandwidth as well. This makes the previous rumours about the GTX 1070 using GDDR5 while the GTX 1080 will use faster GDDR5X. The 1060Ti as I am calling it may feature either a gimped 192bit bus or the same situation faced by the GTX 970 with a section of VRAM being slower.

Right now, all we have to differentiate the 3 SKUs are the model numbers, the GTX 1080 will be GP104-400-A1, the GTX 1070 GP104-200-A1, and the 1060Ti will be using the GP104-150-A1. It will be interesting to see how Nvidia will differentiate the cards and how they compete against current Maxwell models. Computex can’t come soon enough!

Nvidia Sending Out Invites to Pascal Event

If there is any doubt in our minds that real Pascal cards are coming soon, this latest report clears that all out. According to PCTuning, Nvidia has started sending out invites to select press outlets for a Pascal event. This suggests that Nvidia already has all of their Pascal chips that are launching at Computex ready for the press to review and test out. As of right now, we still don’t know the exact date of Pascal’s launch.

Right now, whether or not the event will be a private event for press only or a live webcast sort of affair remains to be seen. This may well be the event Nvidia sometimes holds with the press beforehand in order to brief them on the chip a bit before shipping out review samples.

What’s more, the leaker is suggesting that Nvidia is going to allow reviews and other information to be released in as soon as three weeks and four weeks at the latest. This would place it at least 2 weeks ahead of Computex which has been the suggested launch. The possibilities are that the leaker is wrong, Computex will be the hard launch with a soft launch before; either way, Pascal is coming soon.

First Pascal GPU’s to be Unveiled at Computex 2016?

Some of the first cards to run utilizing the all new “Pascal” architecture made by Nvidia, may debut at Computex 2016. The show is going to be in Late may / Early June in Taipei and is one of the biggest ICT shows in the world and you can be sure the eTeknix team will be there to catch the latest news from the event!

Mass shipments should start sometime in July according to Digitimes, the Taiwan based industry observer. With Nvidia unveiling the new cards via its add-in card (AIC) partners, with large manufacturers such as ASUS, MSI, and GIGABYTE being at the event.

The new GPU will be based on the GP104 chip and utilize GDDR5X VRAM; a whopping 8GB is rumored to be the amount. The leaked specs show it having a single eight-pin power connector, meaning that (due to electrical capacity) the max power usage would be 225W, though it could use a lot less power. The 980 is only 165W so this card can’t be a huge amount more. The leaked specs also tell us that it could feature up to 6144 CUDA cores and a whopping 12.6 Teraflops. We’re not sure how accurate these specs are as they have been sourced from various places, only time will tell. Either way, Computex 2016 is going to be huge this year.

So far, we can accurately say:

  • 2x performance per watt estimated improvement over Maxwell
  • DirectX 12_1 or higher
  • Successor to the GM200 GPU in the 980TI
  • Built on 16nm manufacturing process

It will be interesting to see the Polaris release too, as there is going to be some very tough competition on the GPU market shortly and that’s obviously great news for consumers.

Which cards are you most excited about this year, AMD’s or Nvidia’s latest? Let us know in the comments section below.

Nvidia Pascal GP104 May Use GDDR5 and GDDR5X

With rumours pointing to a May/June launch at Computex, more information is coming about Nvidia’s upcoming GTX 1070 and 1080. At times taking on an x70 and x80 moniker, the two chips are slated to use the GP104 Pascal die and take up the role currently filled by the GTX 970 and 980. Today, another leak has come out detailing what the two cards will look like and it seems the GTX 1080 will have a lot more memory bandwidth than the GTX 1070.

According to the leak, both the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 will be based on the GP104 die. This will slot into the Pascal lineup just like the GK104 and GM204. While previous cards have mostly differentiated in the core specifications, it looks like this time, memory bandwidth and a lot of it will be the difference. The GTX 1080 will reportedly use GDDR5X while the 1070 will use GDDR5. This should give potentially up to 100% more bandwidth for the GTX 1080 and better energy efficiency to boot. Due to the use of different memory, the 1080 will boast 20 more pins. The 1080 will use the GP104-400-A1 and the 1070 the GP104-200-A1.

For two similar cards based of off the same GP104, there seems little reason to split the memory between two different types since the required memory bandwidth should be similar. One possibility is that the GTX 1080 may be using relatively slower GDDR5X that isn’t much faster than the fastest GDDR5. This makes sense if GDDR5X is supply constrained for the top end models. Another possibility is that both were meant to get GDDR5X but supply meant only one of them could. Finally, it could also be a way to differentiate the GTX 1080 as it may remain the GeForce flagship for quite a while.

Last of all, we have also gotten information about the connectors, Both cards will feature 3x Displayport, 1 HDMI, and 1 DVI for display connectivity. Power will be provided by 2 x 8pin PCIe power connectors which is actually more than what the Titan X has. Given the efficiency from moving to 16nm, this points to either a monster chip or lots of dual precision hardware being left in. With only several weeks left, will be interesting to finally see what Nvidia has cooked up for us.

Nvidia Pascal GP104 Spotted?

So far all of the rumours around the GP104 and GTX 1000 series have mostly been about release date and specifications. The closest we’ve gotten to physical evidence have been the shrouds for the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070. For the first time, we’re getting a picture of the physical die and parts of the GPU board around it. According to ChipHell, the die shot you see below belongs to the GP104, the mainstream Pascal GPU.

From the die shot picture, GP104 appears to be about 15.35mm x 19.18mm for a total of about 290 to 300mm². This is the same as GK104 which was also a die shrink and came in at 294mm² and much smaller than GM204 which was a relatively massive 398mm². This shows that Nvidia is starting out with small dies first with the GTX 1070 and 1080 and releasing a GP100/102 Titan and 980Ti later on.

For now, we still don’t know what GP104 will look like, but it seems that most of the FP64 units in GP100 will likely be stripped out and replaced by the more ‘useful’ FP32 ones. The leak also suggests that total FP32 CUDA core count will be around the same as the Titan X but the TMU and ROP count seems closer to the GTX 980. I expect that clock for clock, GP104 won’t be much faster than the Titan X but it will be ahead and much more efficient.

Finally, we can see what appears to be Samsung 2Ghz 1GB GDDR5 DRAM modules for 8GB total. This suggests that that GDDR5X isn’t ready in time or will be reserved for the GP100/102 consumer release. This follows the same trend set by the GTX 680 which was more powerful than the 580 but featured lower memory bus width but faster VRAM and more memory overall.

While the leak is promising, it is a leak after all and I would make sure to take all of this with a shipload of salt. Given the information we know though, this leak may very well reflect reality.

Nvidia GTX 1080 May Only be GP104 and GDDR5X

With both the Pascal announcement and GeForce launch coming ins the next 2 months, more information is being leaked about the upcoming Nvidia cards. According to the latest rumour, the first GeForce Pascal card to launch, the GTX 1080, will not be as impressive as many had hoped. As expected from Nvidia, they are keeping with their tradition to launch first with the mainstream GP104 die first in order to maximise yields and profits.

Utilizing the GP104 based on the 16nmFF+ process from TSMC, the GTX 1080 may yet be the fastest Nvidia card yet on the market till the bigger GP100 GeForces launches later. Despite the boost in performance, it appears that Nvidia will be sticking to 8GB of plain old GDDR5X, and not using HBM2 as some have suggested. While GDDD5X does have some disadvantages, it is a decent upgrade over GDDR5 and allows for an earlier launch than using HBM2 as production for those chips are still ramping up.

Furthermore, the leak specifies the display outputs as DisplayPort x2, HDMI x1, DVI x1 and the use of only 1 PCIe 8 pin power connector. This limits power to 225W but with the new architecture and use of 16nmFF+, this may still allow the card to dance with the 980Ti. The launch date is reported as May 27th, just before Computex. Big Pascal GP100 is set to launch before that date though so stay tuned!

Nvidia Pascal Launch May Be Sooner Than We Thought

Last month we received word that the first Pascal chips would be launching a bit sooner than expected. At that time, GP100 was expected to drop in April and GP104 in June. According to the latest rumors, it looks like that timetable was accurate, with the GP100 based Tesla chip coming in April around GTC. What’s more, we’re getting more details about when the rest of Nvidia’s Pascal lineup will launch.

As with the previous report, GP104 will arrive in June and it looks like the GTX lineup will be based off that, with both the GTX 1080 and 1070 being GP104 chips. Near the end of the year in Q4, we can expect GP106 and GP107. These will be longer end chips and likely power the GTX 1060 and 1050. Finally, we have the Titan which will use GP100 and a GP108 in early 2017. This follow’s Nvidia’s new trend of releasing a GTX x80 first, followed by the Titan, then finally a GTX x80Ti. While it’s good for Nvidia’s sales, it moves high-end users into a quicker upgrade schedule than if all the cards launched at the same time.

The Tesla launching first makes a whole lot of sense as enterprise users can pay the high premiums for early HBM2 and 16nm. A June launch for GP104 may point to them using HBM2 as the timeline is a bit tight for GDDR5X though it is doable. The biggest question is how well Pascal will perform as it is a stopgap architecture between Maxwell and Volta, like a Maxwellv2 though the die shrink to 16nm should make some great gains in and of itself.

Nvidia GP100 and GP104 Release Dates Revealed?

For those waiting on Nvidia’s next-generation GPUs, the wait may not be as long as expected. Last week, we found out that Pascal would be arriving a bit sooner than expected, in the earlier parts of 2H 2016 rather than late in 2016. Now, it looks like Nvidia may be moving even faster than those rumours, with GP100 to arrive in April with GP104 to follow 2 months later in June. What’s more, the GTX 1080 will also debut in June and reportedly be based off GP104; perhaps we’ll see it at Computex 2016?

While GP100 or Big Pascal will launch first in April, that is only for the Titan and various enterprise models. This is in line with what Nvidia has done in the past by launching models with higher margins in order to reduce their risk and grab as much of the early adopter crowd cash. Later on, the more mainstream GP104 will follow up with gaming oriented GeForce models with the compute units cut out. The biggest change is that the Titan will be launching before the GeForce this time.

If the GTX 1080 is based off GP104 as rumoured, this would suggest a GTX 1080Ti based off of GP100 would arrive later on, just like what happened with the 9xx and 6xx series. For those looking to get the very best gaming card for the next generation, waiting may be a smart move. AMD is also set to launch their own Polaris GPUs around the same time though it looks like Nvidia may beat them to the punch with GP100.

Nvidia Pascal Flagship May Arrive Sooner Than Expected

Even as this generation’s GPUs are continuing to fly off the shelves, Nvidia is already gearing up for their Pascal launch. Despite being quieter than AMD, it looks like Nvidia will launch their Pascal cards around the same time, in 2H 2016 as AMD’s Polaris will. What’s more, 2H 2016 will see Nvidia’s flagship Pascal GPU based on TSMC’s 16nmFF+ process and utilizing HBM2. This is still a rumour right now but it does fit the time frame since 1H 2016 would be too soon and 2017 too late.

The biggest question is what does”flagship” mean exactly. Ever since GTX 680 was launched, Nvidia has been playing around with the word flagship. Traditionally, the big dies like GF110 would launch first with the smaller mainstream GF104 launching after. Kepler and Maxwell saw that switch with GK104 and GM104 launching ahead of GK110 and GM200 respectively. This suggests that the so-called “flagship” may only be GP104 and not GP100. Even if it is GP100, it may well be a cut-down version, similar to how the GTX 780 was the cut-down variant of the later GTX 780Ti. This strategy does maximize sales for Nvidia but isn’t that great for consumers.

Whatever the card is, be it GP104 or GP100, it is going to use HBM2, giving it at least 512GB/s with 8GB of VRAM but potentially much higher at 16-32GB with 1TB/s+ of bandwidth. With AMD set to launch Polaris around the same time, Q3 2016 should make for exciting times as a slew of new GPUs arrive.

Nvidia GP104 Pascal Spotted Shipping

Nvidia has been mum about their upcoming Pascal architecture, even as rival AMD has been showing off their new Polaris chips at CES. Set to launch in 2016 as well, we’re now getting a hint that Pascal may soon be ready. According to shipment tracking site Zabua, several chips likely to be GP104 were sent out on December 29th last year. With engineering samples out, Nvidia may have GP104 ready in about 6 months.

Being a 37.5×37.5mm BGA package, the chip is most likely the GP104, replacing the current GM204 which comes in at about 40x40mm. Since GP104 is “small Pascal”, it will likely come as a GTX 970/980 replacement for the GM204. As with the Kepler and Maxwell releases, Nvidia probably plans to lead with their smaller dies first and later launch their top end GP110 chips in order to maximise sales.

With Pascal engineering samples just shipped, it looks like AMD will have several months lead on Nvidia for the upcoming process node. Given the gains Polaris has shown off, Pascal may do the same. With Maxwell as efficient as it is though, Pascal will probably find most of its efficiency gains from the new 16nm node. It will be interesting to see which direction Pascal will take Nvidia.