Nvidia's Pascal GPU tech specs revealed: Full CUDA count, clock speeds, and more

Here's what Nvidia's monstrous new Pascal GPU looks like under the hood.

When Nvidia took the wraps off the monstrous new Pascal graphics processor as part its Tesla P100 board announcement at the company's GTC keynote on Tuesday, it provided just enough technical information to tantalize: 15 billion transistors, more than twice as many as big Maxwell GPUs! 16GB of blazing-fast, second-gen high-bandwidth memory! Nvidia’s first-ever chip built with 16nm transistors! And so on. But what the company didn’t reveal (besides news about consumer Pascal graphics cards) was nitty-gritty Pascal architecture information. You know, the stuff that graphics card geeks geek out over.

But fear not: Nvidia’s supplied all that juicy information in a supplementary Pascal tech deep dive for developers.

The details reveal some interesting nuggets. While the Pascal GP100 GPU features smaller 16nm transistors than the Titan X, which was built on 28nm technology, its die is actually roughly the same size, at 600mm squared. Pascal puts the space to more efficient use though, stuffing 3584 CUDA cores and 240 texture units into 64 streaming multiprocessors (SM). By comparison, the most potent Maxwell GPU, found in the Titan X and Tesla M40, features 3072 CUDA cores.

Here’s a block diagram of the Pascal GP100 architecture overall. (Blame Nvidia for the small size, though you can click the image to enlarge it.)

pascal 100 gpu block diagram

A block diagram of Nvidia’s Pascal GPU.

And here’s a closer look at the design of each of Pascal’s streaming multiprocessors, each of which packs 64 single-precision (FP32) CUDA cores and 32 double-precision (FP64) CUDA units, which is good for 10.6 teraflops of single-precision floating-point performance and 5.3 teraflops of double-precision performance, respectively. Here’s a closer look at Pascal’s SM design:

pascal 100 gpu streaming multiprocessor

A block diagram of the Pascal GPU’s streaming multiprocessors.

Finally, here’s a full breakdown of the Pascal GP100 GPU’s key tech specs, comparing it (as the Tesla P100, Pascal’s premiere product) against the Maxwell-based Tesla M40 and Kepler-based Tesla K40.

tesla p100 comparison

All these numbers and diagrams are just the tip of the iceberg, though. Check out Nvidia’s Pascal GP100 introduction post for a far deeper dive into the new GPU’s capabilities (seriously—there’s a lot more). You’ll also want to check out PCWorld’s Pascal GPU coverage for more information about the rest of the chip, like its 16GB of second-gen HBM memory and ludicrously fast new NVLink interconnect technology. Remember: All these delicious goodies will drip down to consumer graphics cards sooner than later, with the first 16nm GeForce models expected to land later this year.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags nvidiagpu

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Brad Chacos

Brad Chacos

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?