Despite not being backed by an official statement, NVIDIA’s next-generation crypto-mining Turing graphics cards are expected to be revealed at GTC 2018 between March 26 to 29. According to DigiTimes’s latest report, NVIDIA is expecting a drop in demand for graphics card later this year. In an effort to prolong the lifecycle of their current graphics cards, mass production for Turing won’t start until the third quarter of 2018. Sources around the industry have also revealed that NVIDIA had a sit-down with AIB partners to address the current situation.
While reports are calling into question whether or not Nvidia will reveal its new technology during the Graphics Technology Conference (GTC) March 26-29, there’s still a chance that Turing will debut and reveal where the architecture falls among Nvidia’s Volta and upcoming Ampere architectures.
If the company does manage to showcase its new architecture, it is unlikely that we will see the products hit shelves until later on in the year, as a DigiTimes report states that Nvidia will not enter mass production of its next-generation chip until the third-quarter. This is an attempt to prolong the lifecycle of existing GPU lines in order to maximise profits and minimise the damage caused by the impending drop in demand for cryptocurrency, according to the sources. In short, NVIDIA partners are now forbidden to promote activities related to cryptocurrency mining and to sell bulks of consumer graphics cards to cryptominers.