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Ampere And Turing: NVIDIA's Future GeForce Gaming And Cryptocurrency Mining GPUs?

NVIDIA's Pascal architecture has been underpinning its GeForce series of gaming GPUs for nearly the past two years – it’s high time for an upgrade. We've heard rumors of a GA104 GPU called Ampere that is supposed to underpin a new GeForce GTX 2000 series of graphics cards.

But there's another wrinkle in NVIDIA's next-generation GPU equation that has been caused by Reuters. The publication says that NVIDIA has another new GPU incoming codenamed Turing, and makes just a passing reference to the GPU, stating, "The new GPU gaming chip, code named Turing, is expected to be unveiled next month."

It is unknown if the GPU will be unveiled at the Game Developer Conference (GDC) or the Graphics Technology Conference (GTC). What's curious is that Turing is allegedly a gaming GPU. It's highly unlikely that Ampere and Turing are both gaming GPUs, so who's right? Given the rather tenuous (at best) sourcing of the Ampere rumors, we're more inclined to side with Reuters with respect to credibility.

However, that brings us back to the name, Turing. Alan Turing was an English mathematician, logician and cryptanalyst (among other things). With that in mind, the Turing name seems more fitting for a dedicated cryptocurrency mining GPU. Given that NVIDIA is currently struggling to provide adequate supplies of its GeForce GPUs for gamers (due to the fact that cryptominers have been hogging them all up, looking to make an extra buck), having dedicated SKUs to serve both market segments might be a smart move.

Of course, this is all just speculation at this point, and we won't truly know for sure that NVIDIA has in store until GDC and GTC take place next month. Until then, the rumors and leaked specs for NVIDIA's upcoming GPU products are only going to pick up steam.

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