Unwitting NVIDIA Intern May Have Leaked Pics Of Titan Volta GPU
At first glance, the card appears to be an existing Titan variant, though a closer examination reveals some key differences that hint of a next-generation part. For one, the style of the shroud is different. And while it is difficult to see, the card's shroud looks like it is using the same gold/yellow shade as the Tesla V100.
A bigger clue at what we're looking at is the lack of SLI connectors on the mysterious Titan card. They are not found on the top of the card as we would expect, so either they don't exist on this particular card, or they've been relocated to a part of the Titan that is not visible in any of the pictures. Either way, it is a noticeable deviation from existing Titan graphics cards, and a clue that we might be looking at a prototype part.
Looking closer, the exposed printed circuit board (PCB) on the side shows two notices in the middle of the Titan logo. These appear to be NVLink connectors. That is a bit of an odd combination (Titan and NVLink), and another strong hint that this is a prototype card. It could also be a really good Photoshop job, which is always a possibility when looking at supposedly leaked photos.
Either way, things are getting interesting in the GPU space. AMD is starting to push Vega, which it hopes will steal the performance crown from NVIDIA, while Volta could see its way onto consumer cards by the end of the year or early 2018.