NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1180 To Roll Out At End of August, Rumor Alleges – Based on TSMC’s 12nm Process, GTX 1170 in End of September, GTX 1160 A Month Later

The second report regarding NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce 11 series cards has been revealed by DigiTimes. The report once again seems to indicate the same pattern for the launch of GeForce graphics cards which we have been hearing for some time now, according to which the flagship GeForce GTX 1180 would be unveiling next month.

NVIDIA GeForce 11 Series Allegedly Built on TSMC's 12nm Process, Flagship GeForce GTX 1180 To Roll Out by End of August

According to the report, NVIDIA is reportedly planning to roll out their flagship GeForce GTX 1180 graphics card by the end of August. The report also mentions that the GeForce GTX 1170 would be launched a month later at the end of September while the GeForce GTX 1160 graphics card would launch a month after the GeForce GTX 1160.

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Nvidia reportedly is set to roll out its GeForce GTX 1180 series graphics cards at the end of August, followed by the launch of its GeForce GTX 1170 series at the end of September and GeForce GTX 1160 series a month later, according to industry sources. via Digitimes

This seems to be following the same pattern which we heard last week from a different source who mentioned similar launch timeframes for the next-generation GeForce 11 series graphics card. Do note that the naming convention has still not been confirmed but most leaks/rumors have been pointing to GeForce 11 series rather than GeForce 20 series. Following were the launch dates mentioned in the previous rumor:

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1180 (30th August Release Date)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1180+ (30th September Release Date)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1170 (30th September Release Date)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1160 (30th October Release Date)

Now the other thing mentioned by DigiTimes (via Videocardz), is that the GeForce 11 series will see large price fluctuations during the initial launch due to NVIDIA adjusting mass production schedule and volumes, depending on the GeForce 10 series inventory which still remains to be handled by NVIDIA's board partners. There's already a large stock of NVIDIA GeForce 10 series GPUs which was caused due to NVIDIA miscalculating the demand for crypto mining and the whole blockchain industry has since been in constant decline, leading to an abundance of GeForce GPUs just lying around as a burden in inventory.

Due to this reason, we may see prices of the previous generation not being cut as much as during the transition of the GeForce 900 to GeForce 10 series cards. It may be a little hard to differentiate the cards based on their prices leading for gamers, who are going to be the primary buyers of the GeForce 11 series cards to wait till the prices come down. NVIDIA will keep a limited stock available on their GeForce store page which users will be able to purchase from time to time, but not in a very good quantity.

The other part of this rumor is that the GeForce 11 series graphics cards will be based on the TSMC 12nm process node. This is the same process node that is being used on NVIDIA's Volta GPUs. The source also mentions the release of a 7nm TSMC part by NVIDIA in late 2018 but it may not be for the gaming market, rather an HPC focused product. We think that NVIDIA is more inclined to announce a 7nm product rather than releasing it so we will wait and see.

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Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1180 is manufactured via Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) 12nm process and the GPU giant reportedly will release a GPU made using TSMC's 7nm process at the end of 2018. via Digitimes

Lastly, Videocardz states that there's a rumor about NVIDIA next-generation graphics cards possibly using the VirutalLink USB Type-C connectors for connecting VR headsets to PCs.

This new connection, an Alternate Mode of USB-C, simplifies and speeds up VR setup time, avoiding key obstacles to VR adoption. It also brings immersive VR experiences to smaller devices with fewer ports, such as thin and light notebooks.

To fulfill the promise of next-generation VR, headsets will need to deliver increased display resolution and incorporate high-bandwidth cameras for tracking and augmented reality. VirtualLink connects with VR headsets to simultaneously deliver four high-speed HBR3 DisplayPort lanes, which are scalable for future needs; a USB3.1 data channel for supporting high-resolution cameras and sensors; and up to 27 watts of power.

Unlike other connectivity alternatives, VirtualLink is purpose-built for VR. It optimizes for the latency and bandwidth demands that will enable headset and PC makers to deliver the next generation of VR experiences.

The consortium also announced the publication of an advance overview of the VirtualLink specification, available to companies that wish to receive details ahead of the upcoming VirtualLink 1.0 specification. Details are available at www.VirtualLink.org.

The VirtualLink connector is being made in collaboration with the biggest names in the tech industry such as NVIDIA, AMD, Valve, Oculus, and Microsoft so maybe we will see NVIDIA using this port on their GeForce 11 series cards. In addition to this, NVIDIA is also expected to feature HDMI 2.1 display connections on their upcoming cards.

“Simulating reality requires incredible visual fidelity and processing power,” said Jason Paul, general manager of gaming and VR, NVIDIA. “With a single, high-bandwidth cable, VirtualLink unlocks the full potential of the PC to power amazing VR experiences.” VirtualLink Via Videocardz

Furthermore, we have also seen new details starting to emerge regarding the next-generation NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards as a new PCB prototype was just discovered a few weeks ago, featuring Micron’s high-performance GDDR6 memory and a beefy power management system which is required for internal testing for unreleased graphics cards and graphics boards. We cannot say for sure though and will have to wait till the mentioned launch date to find out whether this report was credible but knowing who this is coming from, it just might be true.

GPU Memory Technology Updates

Graphics Card NameMemory TechnologyMemory SpeedMemory BusMemory BandwidthRelease
AMD Radeon R9 Fury XHBM11.0 Gbps4096-bit512 GB/s2015
NVIDIA GTX 1080GDDR5X10.0 Gbps256-bit320 GB/s2016
NVIDIA Tesla P100HBM21.4 Gbps4096-bit720 GB/s2016
NVIDIA Titan XpGDDR5X11.4 Gbps384-bit547 GB/s2017
AMD RX Vega 64HBM21.9 Gbps2048-bit483 GB/s2017
NVIDIA Titan VHBM21.7 Gbps3072-bit652 GB/s2017
NVIDIA Tesla V100HBM21.7 Gbps4096-bit901 GB/s2017
NVIDIA RTX 2080 TiGDDR614.0 Gbps384-bit672 GB/s2018
AMD Instinct MI100HBM22.4 Gbps4096-bit1229 GB/s2020
NVIDIA A100 80 GBHBM2e3.2 Gbps5120-bit2039 GB/s2020
NVIDIA RTX 3090GDDR6X19.5 Gbps384-bit936.2 GB/s2020
AMD Instinct MI200HBM2e3.2 Gbps8192-bit3200 GB/s2021
NVIDIA RTX 3090 TiGDDR6X21.0 Gbps384-bit1008 GB/s2022
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