Originally published: Mar 20, 2016
No longer a rumor, Nvidia’s new GPU architecture dubbed “Pascal” is set to be unveiled at GTC (GPU Technology Conference) this April 4th – 7th, 2016. More specifically, The GTX 1080 and the GTX 1070 will be shown off during the upcoming conference in San Jose, California.
Initial rumors stated that the GTX 1080 would generate “10x the performance” that the current Maxwell generation puts up, but that rumor has since been debunked and the actual figures will look more like double (2x) the performance per watt (which is still a major upgrade). The GTX 1080 should be able to handle 60fps 4k gaming on its own in AAA titles, unlike the 980 / 980ti which basically needs to run in SLI to achieve results like that.
Nvidia’s CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, is scheduled to speak on the 2nd day of GTC, and it’s likely during this time that Pascal will be unveiled. They could really do it at any time during the conference, but during the CEO’s already scheduled appearance makes the most sense.
The GPU that is set to power the GTX 1080 is the successor to the GM200 found in the GTX 980ti and the Titan X. It’s being upgraded with roughly double the transistors for a whopping total of 17-billion! The 1080 is also rumored to ship with 8GB of HBM2 VRAM and there might even be 16GB models available with an option for 32GB down the road – WOW, and we thought the R9 390’s 8GB of GDDR5 was a lot?
When it comes down to price, it would make sense to see the GTX 1080 launch at around $600 for the base reference model and we’ll likely see other iterations reaching upwards of $1000 – but this is purely speculation at this point. It just wouldn’t make a lot of sense for Nvidia to release it for much more than the GTX 980ti initially sold for.
In any event, the GTX 1080 will completely destroy the current GTX 980ti, and it’s definitely something to keep an eye on if you’re planning to build a high-end gaming PC in the near future. If you’re looking to game in smooth 4k, then you probably want to wait for the 1080 to launch.
What are your thoughts? Are you waiting for the GTX 1080 to upgrade your gaming PC? I know I am! Let me know what you think below!