Nvidia has played it playfully in terms of what Pascal comes to play. However, rumors of a next-generation GPU launch have brightened, and Nvidia added by hosting a GeForce Gaming Celebration shortly before Gamescom.
The event will take place on August 20, the day before Gamesom, gets going. If we read between the lines with an optimistic look, it sure sounds like new hardware is finally being announced, even though Nvidia did not say that much. Instead, it was said at the largest gaming fair in the world "GeForce is growing big."
If that was not enough, Nvidia also promised "spectacular surprises" at the event.
"The event will feature new, exclusive, hands-on demos of the hottest upcoming games, stage presentations from the world's biggest game developers, and some spectacular surprises," said Nvidia.
Nvidia was not really willing to compete with Pascal in the consumer segment. Back at Computex, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang responded to a question about the arrival of his next-generation GeForce cards saying, "It will take a long time, I will invite you, and there will be lunch." [1
Nvidia's launch, be it August 20 or some other time, can not be fast enough come. Pascal has been on the market for more than two years, from the Tesla P100 Data Center Accelerator to the GeForce 10 Series for gaming. Nvidia has released a Volta GPU, which can be found in the Tesla V100 and Titan V. Both are geared to AI workloads.
The GeForce 11 series is based on the Turing-based GPU (we've also heard name ampere thrown around). It is not clear whether Turing is a variation of Volta or something completely different, perhaps more closely related to Pascal. Hopefully we will find out in a few weeks.