Digitimes is reporting that they believe NVIDIA will be releasing Pascal-based graphics cards at Computex 2016! They also believe that third party board makers (ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, EVGA and others) will begin mass shipping those Pascal GPU powered cards in July 2016. They also believe that NVIDIA is clearing out the current inventory of Maxwell-based video cards ahead of the introduction of the GeForce GTX 1070 and GeForce GTX 1080.
“The graphics card players will begin mass shipping their Pascal graphics cards in July and they expect the new-generation graphics card to increase their shipments and profits in the third quarter, the sources noted. The sources pointed out that the graphics card market continues to see weak demand in the first half and most players’ shipments in the second quarter are expected to drop around 10% from the first.” – Digitimes
We feel that this rumor might be true since NVIDIA just launched the Tesla P100 this month based on the Pascal architecture. That card is aimed at heavy GPU compute tasks and not at the consumer product market though. It will be interested to see what features the GP100 supports closer to launch time as NVIDIA was silent about Async compute hardware support for DX12 during the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference this week. The discrete graphics card market is slowing down, but hopefully the release of NVIDIA Pascal and AMD Polaris GPU’s in the months ahead will help improve sales. We know a number of our readers are waiting on the GeForce GTX 1080 to arrive!