Friday, May 15, 2020

NVIDIA CEO Teases Viewers With “World’s Largest Graphics Card” Ahead Of GTC 2020 Keynote

NVIDIA’s GTC 2020 keynote is set to kick off in just another couple of days and it’s expected that it will be the event where the GPU brand to announce its next-generation Ampere GPU architecture. In keeping with the spirit of anticipation, Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of NVIDIA, decided that the time was right to tease fans with what his company had been cooking in the oven, literally.

The so-called teaser is a video posted on YouTube, showing Huang standing in a kitchen that is presumably within his own home. The video itself isn’t a very long either, running just under the 30-seconds mark. What is shown in that time frame, however, is Huang saying that he’s got something to show us, and then proceeds to pull out what some serious looking hardware straight from the oven. Muttering the words “this has been cooking for a while” right as he pulls it out.

At the end of the video, Huang then introduces the massive hunk of metal of PCB as “the world’s largest graphics card”. While Huang fails to mention what exactly said “cooked” product is, many tech sites online have reason to believe that the machine laid out on the chopping block is a DGX A100; the successor to the DGX-2 HPC and AI system that was released back in 2018.

AI computing notwithstanding, many of us are also hoping that GTC 2020 will also be the keynote that Huang pulls back the curtains on Ampere-powered GeForce RTX series GPUs. As it stands, specifications of the alleged GeForce RTX 3080 Ti had also leaked recently; according to the leaked information, the card is expected to feature up to 5376 CUDA cores, at 12GB GDDR6 graphics memory running at 18Gbps, a memory bandwidth of 864GB/s. But more importantly, it would be PCIe 4.0 compliant.

In any case, we’ll just have to hold our breath for the next couple of days.

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