Speculation surrounding Nvidia’s next Pascal card in the GeForce 10 series, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, has been making rounds for a while. Nvidia already has a teaser page posted on GeForce.com, indicating the announcement of the ultimate GeForce product comes in 3 days. Furthermore, the GTX 1060 Ti Pascal is also being rumored although there’s no information regarding its release date yet.
The Ultimate GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Could Launch in March
Nvidia is all set to announce its new 4K gaming focused GTX 1080 Ti during a special event at GDC 2017 scheduled for February 28. According to sources close with the Nvidia AIB partners, the GTX 1080 Ti would be available in retail a couple of weeks after the announcement around mid-March.
This would mean the card isn’t going to see any competition for months since AMD Vega based graphics cards are scheduled to launch in the second quarter of the year.
Nvidia would first launch Founders Edition models as we saw with other GeForce 10 series cards, followed up by custom variants release. The FE flavors are priced a bit higher than AIB models, but they do feature a premium build quality that is guaranteed to deliver better overclocking and stability.
Spec-wise, the GTX 1080 Ti will likely be based on a modestly cut-down GP102, the same GPU that powers the refreshed Titan X. The GPU could have 52 out of a total of 60 SMs enabled, that would amount to 3,328 CUDA cores.
The 1080 Ti will be running at higher clock speeds than the Titan X, delivering 10.8 TFLOPS of FP32 compute compared to the latter’s 11 TFLOPS.
In terms of memory, the card would reportedly feature 10GB of GDDR5X running across 384-bit bus interface. This should yield an impressive memory bandwidth of 480GB/s. The TDP is expected to be rated at 250W.
Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti Rumored Specs:
- Process – 16nm
- Transistors – 12 Billion
- Memory – 10GB GDDR5X
- Memory Speed – 10Gbps
- Memory Interface – 384-bit
- Memory Bandwidth – 480GB/s
- CUDA Cores – 3328
- Base Clock – 1508MHz
- Boost Clock – 1623MHz
- Compute – 10.8 TFLOPS
- TDP – 250W
Looking at the specs, the GTX 1080 Ti will be a little off the pace compared to the Titan X, but I would still expect the card to deliver a solid 60fps performance in most modern DX12 games running at 4K.
Last week, the yet unannounced card was spotted on the official packshot of Halo Wars 2’s retail version. As shown on the box, Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti will be required if you want to run the game on Ultra settings.
Considering the type of performance it delivers, the 1080 Ti isn’t going to be a particular affordable graphics card and might cost somewhere between the GTX 1080 and the meatier Titan X. We are looking at a base price of around $900.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Ti Rumored – Might Use a Third GP104 variant
We’re also hearing rumors of a GeForce GTX 1060 Ti in the works. There is no information about this card yet, neither do we know if Nvidia has any plans of unveiling it alongside the GTX 1080 Ti at the Feb 28 event.
The naming scheme gives a few hints though. The new GTX 1060 Ti would likely use the GP104 GPU rather than another GP106 SKU. This makes sense, especially when we consider the GTX 1060 already utilizes the full-fat GP106 graphics core.
Previous reports also suggest there could be a GP104-150-A1 GPU, which is a heavily cut-down version from even the GP104-200-A1 powering the GTX 1070. This third GP104 SKU could feature lower CUDA core count as well as a 192-bit memory interface paired up with 6GB GDDR5 of memory, compared to 8GB on the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080.
The alleged GeForce GTX 1060 Ti could likely target the $250-$350 price-segment. That being said, I would advise you to take this 1060 Ti launch report with the usual grain of salt until we get official word from the company.