It’s been a rather long and patient wait for gamers since the release of the last gaming GPU by Nvidia with the release of the Pascal architecture over 2 years ago. Described as the most advanced architecture in the world, it was able to power every available GPU and because of that, every finger is kept crossed in anticipation for the NVIDIA GTX 1170 and GTX 1180.
As we keep waiting, the rumor mills have ensured that we are not starved of information since we got the Volta (which is already in use), Turing, and Ampere as the codenames in the pipeline, with details on what is being worked on and when we may get to see it. The rumors are now even getting louder since AMD released the Vega architecture to give the Pascal architecture a run for its money.
Even though Nvidia is yet to officially reveal what we are going to get next, one thing that we are almost completely certain is that under the Turing architecture, which will be the next architecture to be released, we are going to see the highly anticipated NVIDIA GTX 1170 and GTX 1180. Here are the important things that the news and rumor stand have about the graphics cards.
NVIDIA GTX 1170 and GTX 1180 Release Dates
Sometime in May 2018, we were made to believe that we were going to see the release of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1180 before or by the end of July. But then, July has come and gone with neither the release nor anything from the tight lips of Nvidia.
Nonetheless, the indication right now is that it will come between the mid to the end of August. It is expected that at the Hot Chips 2018 which will hold on August 20, Nvidia may release or say something about its next card which may just be what we are hoping for. Still, no one is completely counting on that to happen since there is yet to be any official statement.
There are some release dates that are now making the rounds allegedly leaked by an Nvidia’s board partner. Originating from Gamer Meld which is a YouTube news channel on gaming hardware, the dates are very specific and it claims that Nvidia had actually wanted the launch to be at the end of July but decided to change it. Here are the alleged new dates:
- GeForce GTX 1180: August 30
- GeForce GTX 1170/1180+: September 30
- GeForce GTX 1160: October 30
What we don’t know for sure now, is whether these are the official dates or they are for an AIB manufacturer. To know it all, we just have to do what we have done for a long time now; keep waiting. At least that may only be till August 20 or 21 when Nvidia has promised some spectacular surprises at the Gamescom 2018. What is even more interesting is that there will be demos of upcoming games from developers. This has only made the room for speculations even rowdier.
Specs and Prices
It will be kind to again keep it in mind that on the NVIDIA GTX 1170 and GTX 1180, we are still feeding off the plate of rumors and speculations because as stated, Nvidia is all tight-lipped. That said, Coming based on the Turing architecture with 12 nm chip, the GeForce GTX 1170’s preliminary specs was released by Wccftech, claiming that with a codename GT104, it will be powered by a 104 class GPU.
With all that it has to offer, this powerful graphics card will measure around ~400mm² and it will come with 2688 CUDA cores. For the memory, you should expect a 256-bit GDDR6 memory interface as well as between 8 and 16 gigabytes of 12Gbps GDDR6 memory. What this means is that it will be slower than the NVIDIA GTX 1180 as you will soon find out.
In addition to that, you should expect to see it with a core clock of ~1.5GHz, while the boost clock may likely be around ~1.8GHz.The Thermal Design Power (TDP) could likely be between 140 to 160W.
Depending on the clock speed the card is able to maintain, the Peak FP32 performance should be around 9.75 TFLOPS, which means it should be in the class of GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.
|FP32 Performance||~9.75 TFLOPS|
|Memory||8-16 GB GDDR6|
This graphics card may come with a price tag of between $400 to $500, even though the actual speculated price, for now, is $499.
Also expected to come based on the Turing architecture, the specs of the GTX is also all based on speculation at the moment and so it can be adjusted when the card is finally released.
That said, it is expected that the graphics card will be powered by a 04 class GPU with a GT104 codename. Measuring ~400mm², the GPU is expected to come with 3584 CUDA cores as well as a GDDR6 memory interface of 256-bit. More so, it will have an 8GB to 16GB of 16Gbps GDDR6 memory.
What is more is that with a core clock of ~1.6GHz, the boost clock is said to be around ~1.8GHz, and the TDP could be around 170 to 200W.
Once again, all depending on the clock speed the card is able to attain and maintain, the Peak FP32 performance should be around 13 TFLOPS. What this essentially means is that you should expect it to perform better than the GeForce GTX Titan XP and GTX 1080 Ti.
|GeForce GTX 1180|
|Memory||8-16 GB GDDR6|
The GTX 1180 may as well come with a price tag of between $600 to $700, even though the actual speculated price, for now, is $699. One thing that I should point out is that just like release dates, the prices of both the NVIDIA GTX 1170 and GTX 1180 can easily be changed.
With all that has been said, there are not so many things that we can be very certain about, except that we may get to see the cards this year and they are both coming based on the Turing architecture. Whatever the case may be, the expectation is that after the long wait, we would not get disappointed when the NVIDIA GTX 1170 and GTX 1180 are finally released.