Nvidia Volta

by | Dec 16, 2017

Nvidia Volta

by | Dec 16, 2017 | Trending, ZRecent2

Back in 2016 when Nvidia introduced Pascal Architecture Graphic Card series featuring GTX GeForce 1080 as the King of the Graphic Cards, it was promised to provide 9 Teraflops of graphic power with. Today Volta Architecture Graphic Cards are announced to give 110 Teraflops of graphic power. You read it right, it’s 110 teraflops. My PS4 gives 4.12 Teraflops, and Xbox Scorpio gives 6 Teraflops as the fastest console on Earth.

A great upgrade maybe! …freaking 3000$ graphic Card…

 

NVIDIA

 

When it comes to graphic cards, Nvidia is the first name out there i recommend. Even anyone would do so. The greatest graphic revolution-er since Decades now… always ending up with a new powerful graphic technology to allow games to revolutionize, result being realistic in-game graphics and textures.Just to allow us to play The Way Its Meant to be Played. My favorite company tagline btw…

 

“Our​ ​vision​ ​for​ ​Volta​ ​was​ ​to​ ​push​ ​the​ ​outer​ ​limits​

​of​ ​high​ ​performance​ ​computing​ ​and​ ​AI.​

​We broke​ ​new​ ​ground​ ​with​ ​its​ ​new

​ ​processor​ ​architecture,​ ​instructions,​ ​numerical​ ​formats,

​ ​memory architecture​ ​and​ ​processor​ ​links,”​ ​said​ ​Nvidia CEO

 at the Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) Conference.

“​With​ ​TITAN​ ​V,​ ​we​ ​are​ ​putting​ ​Volta​ ​into​ ​the hands​ ​of​ ​researchers​ ​and​ ​scientists​ ​all​ ​over​ ​the​ world.​ ​I​ ​can’t​ ​wait​ ​to​ ​see​ ​their​ ​breakthrough discoveries.” -Jensen Huang

Let me give you some blast from the past.

Named after Alessandro Volta, Volta was originally Maxwell’s successor, but in 2014 Nvidia announced that Pascal will succeed Maxwell “to take advantage of stacked memory and other innovations sooner.” that was later concluded by Pascal Titan XP and Volta Tesla V100 as the world’s most advanced data center GPU.

GeForce GTX Titan V

For Desktop PCs , first in the list is the GeForce GTX Titan V.

Taking a geeky look on the specs, It carries HBM2 VRAM, 12GB on board the graphics card and a data rate of 1.7 Gbps along with 3072-bit memory bus,  652.8 GB/s Total Bandwidth which is faster than the previous TITAN Xp. Compared to the Tesla V100, we are looking at a cut down bus interface (4096-bit vs 3072-bit) and also lower VRAM of 12 GB compared to 16 GB on that board.This is also the first pseudo-consumer graphics card from Nvidia to utilize HBM2 memory, but only three of the potential four HBM2 stacks on GV100 are active.

I really like the way this graphic card is 9 times faster than Titan XP. Just hope that budget cards do the same- at least 4 time performance.

 

Special About Volta: Deep Learning and AI

 

Getting techie a bit, here is a technology review that nvidia explained in 2017 consulting Volta.

With over 21 billion transistors, Volta is the most powerful GPU architecture the world has ever seen. It’s made for computational and data science, pairing NVIDIA CUDA and Tensor Cores to deliver the performance of an AI supercomputer in a single GPU.

Volta is  made for computational and data science, pairing NVIDIA CUDA and Tensor Cores to deliver the performance of an AI supercomputer in a single GPU. It takes advantage of the revolutionary NVIDIA NVLink interconnect technology to deliver faster results. Optimized NVIDIA CUDA , cuDNN, and TensorRT software fuel the industry’s most important frameworks and applications easily tap into the power of Volta.

 

TENSOR CORE

 

Volta is equipped with Tensor Core technology to deliver over 100 Teraflops per second (TFLOPS)  of deep learning performance. This is a 5X speed increase over the previous generation NVIDIA Pascal architecture and a massive leap forward—bringing AI to every industry.

 

Should You Wait For It?

A graphic card with 9 times the performance of its predecessor, but at higher price, also means that lower models would be 4 to 5 times faster than the same predecessor at lower price. Last time Pascal was rumored months before its announcement, and was announced months before it’s actual release.

Seems like a long time frame for the volta to come in the market, you can still build up something in low budget with GTX 1050Ti  and upgrade to volta when it releases out, or if you are  in a hurry of making a high end PC for some serious work, then build it up with Pascal. If no serious work, then wait till volta and make an extreme rig out of it. As its just announced, volta is still the future, and for present, Pascal has not died till now.Also, if you are always waiting for next gen, then you will keep waiting endless…

Be stuck to the news as when leeks come out, you will come to know the release dates too.

 

Conclusion

Following their ritual of unveiling faster gpu technology, this time they introduced Artificial Intelligence in the card making it a revolution point. I like everything about the Titan Volta ,just the 3000$ price tag bothers me to not to get a Titan Card this time.

This new graphic card will surely open gates for more bigger and space eating games, but yeah surely better graphic designing would start up in 2018 and onwards providing us more REALISTIC gaming graphics… which would take a few years…but would be a thrilling revolution till now, as 110 Teraflops is a great deal  against a 4.12Teraflops PS4 and 6 Teraflops Xbox Scorpio.

This also means to me that budget cards are going to surpass the power of  at least GTX 1070Ti .

EXTRAS-

Having a look onto older architectures, here is a release list of the top GPU architectures-

  • Tesla – named after Nikola Tesla
  • Fermi- GeForce 400 and 500 series- Named After Enrico Fermi
  • Kepler- GeForce 700 series- Named After Johannes Kepler
  • Maxwell- Geforce 800M and 900 series- Named after James Clerk Pascal
  • Pascal- GeForce 1000 and mx100 series- Named after Blaise Pascal
  • Volta- GeForce 2000 series- named after Alessandro Volta
  • Ampere- GeForce 3000 series- named after  Andre-marie Ampere

Also, We at geekfell.com would be doing pc build setups with Volta Graphic Cards .

So stay tuned 🙂

Mohitaksh Srivastava 

@geekfell.com

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