NVIDIA Pascal GPU features: Twice the bandwidth promised; AMD expected to counter


Players of games using heavy graphics will be happy to find out that the next generation line up from NVIDIA, called the Pascal GPU, will soon be available to enhance their gaming experience further.

In the GTC Conference in Japan, NVIDIA unveiled their plans for the new GPU that will replace the GDDR5 as it adapts new technologies: 16nm FinFET process from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC), bigger memory, and the second generation High Bandwidth Memory (HBM).

These new technologies will increase the effective speed per pin up to quadruple the DRAM per die in store. It will have 16GB memory along with four 4GB HBM2 that can reach up to 1TB bandwidth. It may also have a 32GB HBM2 memory for its enterprise oriented cards. These are expected to be connected with bi-directional of up to 80GB through NVLink, the new NVIDIA interconnect, which promises to be a huge improvement compared to the current in the market dual-GPU offers of 16GB bandwidth. It will also adapt an energy efficiency feature that will lessen emission of heat.

According to My Gaming, the new GPU will be using Pascal cards, which are reported to feature 17 billion transistors, more than double of NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX Titan X (GM200) and AMD’s Radeon R9 fury X (Fiji XT) at 8 billion and 8.5 billion transistors, correspondingly.

Compared to AMD’s Fury, the new NVIDIA Pascal GPU promises at least twice the increase in bandwidth. Meanwhile, as the Fury line has received a relatively lukewarm response from the market, Digital Trends said that the company is also working on its own line called Zen, expected to compete against NVIDIA’s Pascal, also anticipated to be released sometime in 2016.

No official word has been released by NVIDIA, but the new Pascal GPU is expected to come around the first half of 2016. The new GPU from AMD may also come at around the same time.