Lately, we’ve been hearing a lot of buzz around the release date of Nvidia’s new Volta gaming GPUs. Now, more has appeared on the subject courtesy of Massdrop, which quoted Nvidia saying the current pricing woes for graphics cards will last until the third quarter of the year. Is this an indicative of a Q3 launch for the next generation GeForce 20 series GPUs?
Nvidia planning a Q3 Launch for Volta Gaming GPUs, hints Massdrop
Apparently, Nvidia visited the community-driven sales platform Massdrop HQ a few weeks ago, where it talked about the ongoing price inflation in the GPU sector. As for how long the situation could persist, a Massdrop buying manager B.Hutch informed users of the site:
While NVIDIA was here they also let us know that the pricing in the market will continue to go up through Q3 of this year most likely before we start seeing any type of relief. So, unfortunately the end to this is not right around the corner and we have not seen the worst of it yet.
Nvidia is said to have blamed both memory demands and crypto-mining craze for causing global GPU shortage and price hike. Well, AMD has already indicated memory shortages to carry on throughout 2018, and I believe Nvidia would be expecting the same, especially under the present condition of the DRAM market which is extremely tight.
Also, it seems unlikely for anyone to forecast exactly when the cryptocurrency bubble is going to burst. So it won’t be far fetched to assume that team green is planning some large-scale disruption to the market. Or, in other words, readying to launch Volta based consumer cards in the next few months, probably around Q3.
Nvidia GeForce 20 Series Graphics Cards Based on Ampere GPU?
Recent rumors suggest that there could indeed be no Volta gaming GPUs, but a brand-new Ampere architecture powering the upcoming GeForce GTX 2080 and GTX 2070 graphics cards. Volta will be reserved only for products targeting machine learning and high-performance computing (HPC).
The same rumors pegged Nvidia to launch their GeForce 20 series GPUs in March, but the chip maker has since denied such reports, stating there won’t be a new graphics card announced around GDC, or their own GTC events at the end of the next month.
So for now, gamers can only wait without much hope of seeing anything new until the second half of 2018. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.