Okay, spotted is a big word here and Titian II is just a name that is totally unconfirmed of course. But it is a trend on the web these days that people lookup shipping bills. And wccftech noticed that shipping data at Zauba.com shows that Nvidia has been moving a sample of a GPU tagged as GM200 core (yes again). Earlier in July we noticed as well. This basically means that Nvidia has taped out the early A1 revision GPUs and engineering samples. This could mean a high-end launch Maxwell GPU as soon as Christmas IF wafer yields are decent enough.
Next month Nvidia is expected to release the GeForce GTX 870 and 880 based on GM204. As expected, the GM200, much like the like the GM204 will be a Maxwell GPU. We are a little unsure whether if the TSMC 20nm node still is giving issues and is used. If that one is problematic then GM200 would be a 28nm part. This means that these processors will be HUGE in size, perhaps even over 620 mm² so we find that a little doubtful as heat would become an immense issue next to wafer yields. Earlier rumors already have indicated that GM200 would feature more than 4000 Shader processors albeit that is gossip of the highest level. Expected though is that the memory bus will be widened up towards 512-bit giving this product a heck of a lot of bandwidth. The GM200-based "GeForce GTX TITAN II" could launch in the first half of 2015, but everything in this post is could have and would have.
Early July we already noticed this shipment:
Nvidia GM200-GPU transport list manifest. But this one was just spotted as well, Nvidia is definitely moving around the GPUs.
This is the new manifest GM200-CS0-A1 and a newer GM200-CS1-A1.
Also this is from WCCFTech:
Before the first ‘CS’ entry which appeared on 12th August 2014, there had only been entries using the nomenclature ‘INT’ which means the core is meant for Internal Testing. Because green follows the same pattern we knew that once the INT chips were spotted the CS chips wouldn’t be that far behind and it looks like our waiting has paid off because the chips with the name GM200-CS0-A1 and GM200-CS1-A1 have been spotted, indicating that the GPU is now more or less ready. This core will have double the performance per watt of the GK110 core (as can be seen from the research paper) and we should see an amazing leap in gaming performance from 204 to 200. So the jump from Titan to the Titan II is shaping out to be pretty cool.
The GTX Titan II (or whatever it is called) should give you a minimum of 50% performance increase in Gaming in real life settings, seeing we are looking at a 100% boost in on-paper performance. Considering the fact that the research paper by Nvidia also claimed that the Titan II would be out before the end of 2014 means that the time line for this GPU is now more or less confirmed. I believe we are looking at a 2 Month launch window considering the history of the GM204 core. That would put the the launch of the GM200 GPU somewhere around November, unless Nvidia manages to pull one on us and launch alongside GM204.
Who had birthday at September 12th again? xD
ps: If this this 512bit continues the high clocks of 384bit used by Nvidia, they can reach 500GB/s bandwith...