The GPU market is a crazy one, in the same way that the needs of gamers and professionals can also be outrageous, always demanding anything better than the best. Nvidia is on its way to turning the GPU market upside down (of course, in a good way) than it has been before now with what will be its most powerful GPU thus far for professionals, the NVIDIA Volta.
As it stands, some cards under the Nvidia Volta architecture are already out although they were released for professionals who need cards for their creative work or complex computation. In essence, gamers will have to wait and see what is coming for them because these ones are not only too powerful for gaming, but they are also too expensive.
As fingers remain crossed, here is all there is to know about the release date of the NVIDIA Volta, its price, specs, and more.
NVIDIA Volta Release Date
As already stated, the cards under the Volta architecture have already started making their way out already with the Tesla V100 which was released back in 2017 and the Nvidia Titan V which was released in December 2017. The first card was released for the use of professionals needing a powerful GPU for data centers or artificial intelligence application while the Titan V is seen by some as something that could be a consumer-grade card. The irony, however, is that the Titan is not only too powerful but at close to $3000, it is too expensive for the mainstream.
What we are still waiting for is to see if Nvidia will create something that is actually for the consumer market and gamers under the Volta architecture. That, however, is not something that we are counting on considering that at the Gamescom 2018, the Green team only announced three cards all under the Turing architecture; the GeForce RTX 2080, GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, and GeForce RTX 2070.
Specs and Performance
In regards to the specs of the GPU Nvidia Volta, it is only fair to say that the wait since 2013 when the name was first released is worth it. Thanks to the fact that you can have more transistors on the Volta GPU, it comes with excellent performance and at the same time, save power.
First of all, the Titan V card comes with 5120 CUDA cores which is, of course, something even crazier than the Titan XP under the Pascal architecture which packs 3,840 CUDA cores which means the Titan V should be much faster as you would expect. More so, it has 21.1 billion transistors that deliver a computing power totaling to 110 teraflops.
In addition to that, it comes with 12 GB memory HBM2 memory which furnishes it to be able to record 652.8GB/sec memory bandwidth. It has a base clock speed of 1200MHz which can be boosted to reach 1455HMz. Over the Titan XP, the Titan V tops in almost every way with more energy-efficiency and computing power.
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Even more than the Titan V is the Nvidia Telsa V100 which going extremely more expensive than the Titan V, is also a great performing GPU.
The first card to use the GV100 GPU, Telsa V100 brags with 21,100 million transistors. It has a speed of 1246 MHz and a boost clock of 1380 MHz. It also has 5,120 CUDA Cores and it is paired with 16GB of HBM2. Over the Telsa P100 which is the one it succeeds, the Tesla V100 has an improved memory clock speed of 1.75Gbps from the 1.4Gbps that the former offers.
Price of the Nvidia Volta
As pointed out, the Nvidia Volta cards are coming with much power and are targetted at professionals and complex computation work. Because of this, the GPUs come on the very expensive side of things, definitely not for someone trying to build a gaming rig. For the Titan V, it will cost you close to $3000 while the Telsa V100 has taken things even higher to $8,799.
While the price will not be in any way comfortable for a gamer, there is nothing to worry about because as stated above, it is not designed or optimized for gaming.
Coming as the most advanced GPU architecture, the NVIDIA Volta has generated a lot of buzz. The news that has dominated the space is on the release of the GPU for gaming. One of the most popular reports that gave a lot of hope to gamers is that a Volta-based gaming GPUs (1100 series) was going to be released in the second half of 2018. The report has it that while the cards would not be cheap (no one expects it to be), Nvidia is hoping to take advantage of the surging e-sports to push the cards even further.
That remains to be seen considering that under the NVIDIA Turing GPU architecture, there is the GEFORCE RTX 2080 Ti which delivers so much in terms of performance.
More so, another news report that should be very interesting to gamers is that a leaked benchmark from Nvidia has shown the RTX 2080 Ti was seen to pack more punches than the Titan V. Why this is rather interesting is because the RTX 2080 Ti which favors gamers is lower priced than the Volta-based card although it still goes over a thousand dollars.
At the end of the day, the NVIDIA Volta is the GPU to beat at the moment as far as you are looking for something for professional and creative use. While the Titan V is a very powerful card which is not designed for gamers and gaming, it definitely has something under the sleeves to give to gamer, but then the cost makes it a GPU that has no value completely if you need it for the sole purpose of gaming as getting a card created for gaming will serve the purpose more.
More so, the Telsa V100 is the highest card in the Volta card which is the successor to the Telsa P100. Comparing its Performance as seen above to the Titan V will not give something exceptionally different to justify its price, but if you need the extra performance, it has it to offer because for now, it remains the most powerful GPU that there is, at least for a couple more years to come.