If there is a silver lining to the Oculus delays, it is the ability to wait just that little bit longer to prepare your PC hardware.
If you've been holding out to get the latest video card, for example, the lastest Pascal based card from Nvidia then you may be in luck. The Pascal GP104 GPU will be the replacement for Nvidia's current Maxwell based flagship GPUs.
Nvidia has discontinued the supply of Maxwell GM200 and GM204 chips for the GeForce GTX 970, GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics cards. That doesn’t mean that the cards reached their end of life yet, there is still a good supply of Maxwell chips for graphics cards, but it does show that Nvidia will have a new chip ready to ship to their partners soon.
|Maxwell||Maxwell GPU SKU||Pascal GPU SKU||Board||Date|
|Nvidia Geforce GTX 980Ti||GM200-310-A1||GP104-400-A1||Reference and AIB||Early June|
|Nvidia Geforce GTX 980||GM200-400-A1||GP104-200-A1||Reference and AIB||Early June|
|Nvidia Geforce GTX 970||GM200-200-A1||GP104-150-A1||AIB Only||Mid June|
The new Pascal based chips are based on the 16nm FinFET process, a pretty big leap from the 28nm Maxwell process. This allows the chip to double the number of transistors to 15.3 Billion from 8 Billion. The VRAM is expected to jump to 16/32 GB HBM2 on a 4096-bit bus.