It’s not often that leaks from interns inside a hardware company are taken seriously, but this one might actually be more than just a random Photoshop edit intended to fool the media. A Facebook post by NVIDIA intern Mike Tsai in Taiwan included a picture of a reasonably high-end rig that he took a snap of, but the GPU is quite new, and if it is a hoax, it’s a very elaborate one. Hit the jump for some more details.
The Facebook post was removed after about a day had passed, so it’s pretty likely that Tsai is no longer an NVIDIA intern. The original comments purportedly had some reference to a “GTX Titan X Volta”, but we can’t verify that now since it has been removed. No matter though, because this GPU is unlike anything seen in leaks we’ve had in the past for GeForce cards. Lets zoom in a bit.
Apologies for the pixelated image, Facebook’s compression is really bad. We have some interesting details here. The old GeForce Titan colour scheme, which was two shades of silver mixed with a bit of blue on the aluminium shroud, has seemingly been replaced with black and gold to match the Tesla V100 discrete card. It’s quite a nice mixture, in my opinion. There’s not a lot of hardware out there that we can whip out to the tune of “Black and Yellow” by Wiz Kalifa these days.
While the overall shroud design is distinctly Titan-esque, there is the distinct lack of SLI fingers on the end of the card, replaced by these weird notches. These are actually the fingers for NVIDIA’s NVLINK, which also appears on Tesla P100 discrete graphics card. The NVLINK connectors for the Quadro series look like overlong SLI links, but the metal-and-plastic case that NVIDIA puts them into is quite stylish.
NVIDIA has never shipped the right components to allow consumers to use NVLINK instead of SLI, and I think that this will change when they make the move to Volta. Although the high-bandwidth SLI bridge for the Pascal series is not at its limit, NVLINK allows the GPUs to talk to each other with much lower latency, and there’s also a chance that it eventually becomes a way for NVIDIA to allow the sharing of memory pools between two cards for high-end desktop work.
NVIDIA recently teased the Tesla V100 at its GDC 2017 conference, but the mammoth chip is nowhere near ready for availabilty for consumers or NVIDIA’s business partners, and it is priced in the region of $10,000 per board. This Volta-based GTX Titan will probably be a lot smaller and a lot cheaper, and we’re probably looking at the first images of NVIDIA’s next $1000 video card.