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Expectations from NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference (GTC) 2016 Event

Expectations from NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference (GTC) 2016 Event
NVIDIA kicked off its GPU Technology Conference today, but what should we expect from the event? Let's take a look.
By: Anthony Garreffa | Editorials in Video Cards | Posted: Apr 5, 2016 8:13 am

Can you believe we're only 24 hours (at least at the time of writing) from NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference (GTC)? If you aren't aware of NVIDIA's GTC event, it's an event centered around the technology surrounding GPUs, where last year we saw the company unveil their GM200-based GeForce GTX Titan X.

 

 

Not only that, but NVIDIA talks big about its artificial intelligence work, deep learning, VR, and self-driving cars. NVIDIA hosts the event, but some big players turn up to join the company in its push to dominate the world using NVIDIA hardware.

 

 

From the outside, it seems like it's a GPU-focused event for consumers - but it's far from that. There's never a consumer GeForce product released at GTC, but rather, it's more of the prosumer and professional markets, like the HPC (high-performance computing) market.

 

This doesn't stop NVIDIA from talking about its GPU architectures, which is where we should expect the company to fully reveal its new Pascal architecture. While we know some information about it, NVIDIA has never shown off an actual product (at least in the form of a fully functional video card).

 

I expect NVIDIA to tease the Pascal-based Titan X successor tomorrow, but from what I've heard, it's not going to be a consumer-focused event, so expect no new GeForce video card. The GTX 980 Ti/GTX 980/GTX 970 successors based on the Pascal architecture will be revealed just before, or during Computex Taipei 2016 - which kicks off in late May and goes into the first few days of June.

 

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In the video embedded above, I talk about what I expect (and more so, want) to see at GTC 2016, where I think we could be surprised with a VR headset based on the Tegra X1 chipset, with it becoming the latest member of the continuously expanding Shield line of products.

 

Will it happen? Probably not, but it would make sense for NVIDIA to dive into the VR market with its own headset based on the Shield family, something that I've been saying for a couple of years now. NVIDIA will most likely eventually step into the VR world with its own Shield VR headset, and maybe GTC 2016 won't be the event it's unveiled at - but one can dream, right?

 

So, what do you expect to see during NVIDIA's GTC 2016 event? A new video card? The VR headset I've just mentioned? Or do you want to see the insane AI/deep learning and self-driving car technology? Let us know in the comments below.

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