Is Nvidia GTC Drive PX 2 Pascal GP106?

All throughout this week, we’ve been treated to leak after leak and release after release of new Polaris and Pascal information. After we’ve gotten die shots of  GP100 and GP104, what may be another Pascal chip has surfaced. According to Videocardz, the Drive PX 2 module Jen-Hsun Huang waved in front of our faces might actually be Pascal this time around. More specifically, it might be GP106 or GP107.

Nvidia took some heat earlier in the year when CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took to the stage and waved a Drive PX 2 around that was Maxwell. This time around though, it looks like Pascal has come far enough along to make it into engineering samples. Based off of size comparisons to GM206, the Drive PX 2 GPU is too small in comparison. This means it is either the budget GP106 or the smaller mobile GP107.

This stems from the fact that the die is really similar to GM206 and given what we know of GP104 and GP100, the GP106 and GP107 should be of a similar size to GM207 and GM206. I believe that given the MXM format, we may be seeing the GP107 as that chip is meant for the mobile market. Using a chip that hits both the lucrative laptop and car markets would make a lot of sense. Either way, budget Pascal may be coming sooner than expected.

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.