Shipping manifest alludes to the much-awaited GTX 1080Ti; features Titan X’s GP-102
For a few days, we’ve been hearing rumblings of a new NVIDIA graphics card about to be released. And for good reason: in previous generations, NVIDIA would typically release the top dog Titan card, and follow it up with a slightly downgraded ‘x-80Ti’ not too long afterwards. This has prompted many to believe that the GTX 1080Ti is just around the corner, and recent leaks are only solidifying those beliefs.
Today, arguably the most concrete proof yet of the GTX 1080Ti’s existence was outed. Hats off to the folks over at Videocardz, who have dished out another major leak regarding an unannounced graphics card. The tech site spotted a shipping manifest entry at Zauba, and for all intents and purposes, it looks like the specs match up with the rumored GTX 1080Ti.
The manifest mentions a graphics card with a GP-102 GPU, the very same featured on the Titan X. Of course, we can either expect the same number of CUDA cores, or more realistically, a slightly shaved off core count. History suggests the latter to be more likely, though it also suggests that shaving off a few CUDA cores doesn’t really affect performance to a great degree.
The most glaring evidence of this leak being related to the GTX 1080Ti, though, comes in the numbers related to VRAM. The manifest entry states the card having 10 GB of VRAM, though it doesn’t mention the type i.e. GDDR5 or GDDR5X. Previous reports have suggested that NVIDIA is opting for a G5 memory module on the GTX 1080Ti, much to the disappointment of enthusiasts, though nothing is confirmed even by this latest leak.
One thing that we can safely rule out at this point is that NVIDIA won’t be having HBM2 on any Pascal-based graphics card. The GTX 1080Ti should be the final member of the GeForce 10 Series family, barring any surprising new addition from NVIDIA. And seeing that none of the leaks point to HBM2, Pascal is set to pass over the technology altogether. This, of course, goes against NVIDIA’s initial promise of Pascal being the first architecture to make use of this blazing fast memory. But considering that there isn’t any realistic competition from AMD, NVIDIA’s choice of sticking to the cheaper memory design makes business sense.
|Specifications||GTX 1050||GTX 1050Ti||GTX 1060 (3GB)||GTX 1060 (6 GB)||GTX 1070||GTX 1080||GTX 1080Ti||GTX Titan X|
|GPU||GP 107||GP 107||GP 106||GP 106||GP 104||GP 104||GP 102||GP 102|
|Base Clock||1354 MHz||1316 MHz||1518 MHz||1506 MHz||1506 MHz||1607 MHz||?||1417 MHz|
|Boost Clock||1455 MHz||1380 MHz||1733 MHz||1708 MHz||1683 MHz||1733 MHz||?||1531 MHz|
|Peak Compute||1.8 TFLOPs||2.1 TFLOPs||4.0 TFLOPs||4.4 TFLOPs||6.5 TFLOPs||9.0 TFLOPs||10.8 TFLOPs?||11 TFLOPs|
|VRAM||2 GB||4 GB||3 GB||6 GB||8 GB||8 GB (G5X)||10 GB (G5X)?||12 GB (G5X)|
|TDP||75 W||75 W||120 W||120 W||150 W||180 W||250 W?||250 W|
|Launch||Oct 26, 2016||Oct 18, 2016||Aug 2016||Jul 2016||Jun 2016||May 2016||Jan 2016?||Aug 2016|
Moving on to the pricing. As one might expect, these manifests rarely have details of retail prices. They do include insurance costs, however. We could make an educated guess, which would put the GTX 1080Ti around the $1000 mark. This sounds just about right; the GTX 1080 below it costs around $700, while the Titan X above costs $1200. A safe bet would be to place the 1080Ti somewhere between $900-1000.
One thing that isn’t being discussed anywhere is the aftermath of this release. NVIDIA would be done and dusted with Pascal, and hopefully focus exclusively on Volta. It could even stick to Pascal for another round, as better yields of the GPUs would mean better performance. Needless to say, all bets are off regarding the future once the GTX 1080Ti finally sees the light of day.