Nvidia’s silicon partner, TSMC, have just announced they will be entering volume production of 12nm FinFET chips in the fourth quarter of 2017 according to Digitimes . making Volta-based Gaming GPU possible as soon as early 2018 or Q2. Roughly two months back Nvidia announced most advanced accelerator ever built, powered by 5120 CUDA cores, over 21 billion transistors and 16GB of HBM2 running at 900 GB/s .
“Volta for gaming, we haven’t announced anything. And all I can say is that our pipeline is filled with some exciting new toys for the gamers, and we have some really exciting new technology to offer them in the pipeline. But for the holiday season for the foreseeable future, I think Pascal is just unbeatable,” Huang stated during a recent earnings call” Huang stated during a recent earnings call.
Nvidia’s official reasoning for holding off Volta for consumers is cost. Volta is currently available in professional form for use in data centers. According to him GPU manufacturing cost to be “several hundred dollars to close to $1,000,” and second thing is Vega isn’t a threat to Pascal, 1080ti is still fastest gaming GPU in the world.