Will the real next-generation Nvidia graphics card architecture please stand up? Like, seriously.
As of today there are three different architectures rumored to be behind the GeForce GTX 11 series of graphics cards between Volta, Ampere and Turing – and we’d have to put our money on Turing. We were kind of hoping Nvidia would reveal the identity of the architecture behind the next generation of GeForce cards at GTC, but we only saw some AI and autonomous car information – but, hey, we might just see new graphics cards at Computex 2018.
Similar to previous generational leaps, like Maxwell to Pascal, we’re expecting the Nvidia GeForce GTX 11 series GPUs to bring efficiency, and maybe PC gaming as a whole, to an entirely new level with true 4K, 60 frames-per-second gaming with a single GPU.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Nvidia’s next generation graphics cards for gamers
- When is it out? Rumored for July 2018
- What will it cost? Hopefully not much more than Pascal
Nvidia Turing release date
Based on the latest reports from Tom’s Hardware, which cited ‘multiple independent sources’ in the industry, we won’t see Nvidia’s next-generation graphics card release until July or later this year. Word on the Internet streets suggests that mass production of new GeForce cards won’t begin until mid-June, so an earlier launch date seems unlikely.
If these rumors are true, the soonest we may see an announcement would be Computex in June. However, we believe it’s more likely that we’ll see the GTX 11 series make its debut at Gamescom in August. Still, we haven’t heard any concrete information to suggest Tom’s Hardware’s information is correct.
We’ve also seen reports of Turing-powered laptop GPUs launching by the end of 2018. Whether or not this points to when the desktop graphics cards will be getting their launch remains to be seen.
Nvidia Turing price
Given the current state of GPU prices in a cryptocurrency-crazed world, we can’t but help to predict higher prices for graphics cards in the near future. Especially given that the Pascal graphics cards came at a slightly higher premium over the last-generation Maxwell cards they replaced.
With that all in mind, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the price of Turing GPUs take a slight uptick over these following Founders Cards that are currently available:
Nvidia Turing specs
Given that Nvidia has already introduced its new 12nm manufacturing process with Volta, we expect it to trickle down to the company’s consumer-facing Turing line. Beyond that, however there aren’t really any confirmed details about the details surrounding Nvidia’s next line of graphics cards.
That’s not to say we can’t speculate, however. An entry for the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1180 has popped up on the TechPowerUP GPU database, with a ton of details about the unreleased card. This is all rumor, but it points to the GTX 1180 running with 3,584 CUDA cores, 224 TMUs and packs double the VRAM of the GTX 1080 – with 16GB of the GDDR6 VRAM found on the Nvidia Titan V.
That’s not all, either. We’ve also seen some speculation pop up on Wccftech about a possible GTX 1170 with massively better specs than the GTX 1070, including 2,688 CUDA cores, 168 TMUs and a whopping 9.75 TFLOPS.
Whatever the case, we fully expect Nvidia to deliver with new GPU technology that pushes the envelope for PC gaming as it always has.