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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 With Pascal GPUs Under Full Production – Rumors Point to Computex Reveal

Hassan Mujtaba
Posted Apr 8, 2016
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Reports from APAC based sources suggest that NVIDIA already has production of their Pascal based gaming GPUs in full swing. NVIDIA presented their next generation Pascal graphics architecture at GTC ’16, featured on the Tesla P100 graphics board. NVIDIA didn’t showcase any consumer grade product at the event but its seems like Pascal based GPUs for consumers should soon be arriving to the gaming market.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 Rumored To Be In Full Production – Unveiling at Computex

Korean sources seem to suggest that NVIDIA will unveil their GeForce GTX 1000 series graphics card soon as they cards are already under full production. Both NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 (naming not finalized) will be successors to the GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 which were released two years ago in 2014. These graphics cards will be based on the latest Pascal GPU architecture which was showcased by NVIDIA and we covered the architecture in full detail over here.

Further strengthening these claims from Korea is Digitimes who are known to have decent sources close to the Taiwan industry where they are based. Digitimes also reports that NVIDIA will unveil their gaming class graphics cards based on Pascal architecture at Computex which begins on 31st May. NVIDIA’s AIB partners which include MSI, ASUS, Gigabyte will showcase new custom designs for the next generation graphics cards.

Nvidia initially plans to reveal GPUs including GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 at Computex 2016 and has already begun to clear inventory of its existing GPUs to prepare for the next-generation products. via Digitimes

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The more surprising bit is that it will be only NVIDIA who will have the initial wave of cards on retail through their NVIDIA Store. NVIDIA did similar with their first batch of GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics cards where users were able to order and purchase the new graphics card directly from NVIDIA. The GPU went on full retail few days later and was available with custom designs shortly after.

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NVIDIA Pascal GP102 GTX Titan X Specifications:

Graphics Card NameNVIDIA GeForce GTX 980NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 TiNVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan XNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan (Pascal)
Graphics CoreGM204GM200GM200GP104GP104GP102
Process Node28nm28nm28nm16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET
Transistors5.2 Billion8 Billion8 Billion7.2 Billion7.2 Billion12.0 Billion
CUDA Cores2048 CUDA Cores2816 CUDA Cores3072 CUDA Cores1920 CUDA Cores2560 CUDA Cores3584 CUDA Cores
Base Clock1126 MHz1000 MHz1000 MHz1506 MHz1607 MHz1417 MHz
Boost Clock1216 MHz1075 MHz1075 MHz1683 MHz1733 MHz1531 MHz
FP32 Compute5.6 TFLOPs6.5 TFLOPs7.0 TFLOPs6.5 TFLOPs9.0 TFLOPs10.1 TFLOPs
VRAM4 GB GDDR56 GB GDDR512 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR5X12 GB GDDR5X
Bus Interface256-bit bus384-bit bus384-bit bus256-bit bus256-bit bus384-bit bus
Power Connector6+6 Pin Power8+6 Pin Power8+6 Pin PowerSingle 8-Pin PowerSingle 8-Pin Power8+6 Pin Power
TDP165W250W250W150W180W250W
Display Outputs3x Display Port
1x HDMI 2.0
1x DVI
3x Display Port
1x HDMI 2.0
1x DVI
3x Display Port
1x HDMI 2.0
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
Launch DateSeptember 2014May 2015March 201510th June 201627th May 2016August 2016
Launch Price$549 US$649 US$999 US$379 US$599 US$1200 US

It seems like the first cards will use the NVIDIA reference design and the custom card solutions will be available by the end of June or early July which is when NVIDIA will start mass shipments to retailers.

NVIDIA and AMD Will Unveil Consumer GPUs Based on FinFET Architecture in June

Digitimes also report that AMD will also introduce their Polaris graphics cards at Computex. We already did a report on this yesterday. AMD’s own FinFET based Polaris architecture will make its debut on gaming graphics cards following Computex. Both companies and their AIB partners will unveil the new cards. AMD might be a little late as mentioned by Digitimes. Regardless, the launch difference will be very small so a few weeks delay might not affect the GPU makers much.

Meanwhile, AMD has prepared Polaris-based GPUs to compete against Nvidia’s Pascal; however, the GPUs will be released later than Nvidia’s Pascal and therefore the graphics card players’ third-quarter performance will mainly be driven by demand for their Nvidia products. via Digitimes

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NVIDIA is said to use their latest Pascal GP104 GPU to power their gaming lineup which is one of the several GPUs NVIDIA has developed on their Pascal architecture. NVIDIA has shown GP100 for the HPC and servers market, the GP106 GPU is said to be featured on entry level solutions. It was recently pictured on the latest Drive PX 2 module. The GP104 GPU will be the gaming grade chip to replace the GM204 GPU.

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NVIDIA GeForce Pascal Will Be Critical For VR and DirectX 12 Gaming

There’s an ever increasing demand of better performance in the gaming market along with the arrival of Virtual Reality in the consumer space. Both AMD and NVIDIA have decent graphics solution for VR but we have seen as resolution and quality of graphics increase, even the current generation cards will continue to fall behind in AAA titles. There are many titles as of right now that cannot be played at a good 60 FPS on 2K/4K resolutions. A good VR experience demands a constant 90 FPS hence as more graphics intensive VR and non-VR titles arrive, graphic requirements will continue to rise.

Expect VR to be a huge focus of GPU makers and Game Developers in 2016 and beyond!

The NVIDIA and AMD solutions will be designed to deliver lots of horse power to gamers while being efficient. It seems like that 8 GB VRAM will become the standard for high performance graphics cards like the GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070. These graphics cards, fused with a range of new features will be aim to provide better graphics performance at high resolutions and in games that are built with DirectX 12 and Vulkan APIs.

 

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