Nvidia finally launched the much awaited GeForce GTX 1080 Ti at Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2017 recently. CEO Jen-Hsun Huang finally put an end to months of speculation about Nvidia’s next offering. GeForce GTX 1080 Ti comes with 3584 CUDA cores and 11GB of GDDR5X RAM. Boasting a whopping 12 billion transistors and a 35% performance increase compared to GTX 1080, GTX 1080 Ti supports something that all gamers love – overclocking. Ever since AMD unveiled its Vega 10, there have been many reports talking about AMD’s Vega 10 getting an edge over Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. But now, it looks like Nvidia will finally gain an edge over AMD with its Volta architecture.
Nvidia Volta vs AMD Vega
Amidst all the euphoria around Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, Nvidia Volta hasn’t got the attention it deserves. But of late, it has been gaining a lot of attention, thanks to benchmarking experts trying to uncover more details about the new architecture. Nvidia Volta GPU, bearing flagship PCI device ID 1D81 = Graphics Device (GP100) is all set to be revealed this May during GPU Technology Conference. GV100 will be Nvidia’s new GPU completing the Volta GPU architecture and is likely to power the Volta-based Titan X GPU, making it “full fat” Volta GPU. The GPU will feature HBM2 and will deliver memory speeds up to 16Gbps, significantly higher than the current 10Gbps.
As technology node shrinks, it becomes increasingly difficult to fabricate chips. Nvidia had plans to manufacture Volta GPU in the 10nm process but it looks like one of the Volta graphic cards is now being sent to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC) to manufacture 12nm Volta GPUs.
Will Volta architecture beat AMD’s Vega? Only time will tell!