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Nvidia GTX 1180 Founders Edition to arrive in July, claims report

by Mark Tyson on 17 May 2018, 09:31

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According to a report published on Wednesday evening, Nvidia's first GTX 11-series graphics cards will launch this summer. Tom's Hardware Germany's Igor Wallossek recently spoke to IT industry sources, who wished to remain anonymous, and who claimed that Nvidia would release the GTX 1180 Founder Edition in July.

The Nvidia GTX 1080 Founders Edition was launched two years ago today. It heralded the arrival of the 16nm Pascal GPU architecture and was shortly followed up by the GTX 1070 and lower echelon cards. The GTX 1080 remained at the top of Nvidia's consumer graphics card stack until March 2017 when the GTX 1080 Ti was launched. We more than one year down the road from there but have yet to see any successor to Pascal, any GTX 11-series enthusiasts / gaming cards.

Earlier reports indicated that we could have seen the first Turing GPUs on the shelves by now, keeping in step with the approximate 12 month product cycle. However a month after the linked report we heard, via Taiwan's DigiTimes, that Nvidia has decelerated its development to prolong the existing GPU ranges' lifecycles. In practical terms, mass production of Turing GPUs would not start until June at the earliest.

Will the GTX 1180 retain this Founders Edition styling?

Back to Tom's report and it is claimed that the first GTX 11-series Founders Edition cards will arrive in July. Looking back at Nvidia history it is likely to be the GTX 1180 and 1170 that spearhead this launch. Nvidia will be delivering the GPU and memory over to partners on or around 15th June, says the source, and these companies will be allowed to launch their hardware in August or September. Laptop versions will appear later in the year. Last but not least it is expected that Nvidia Quadro cards based on Turing could debut at Siggraph in August.

According to rumours published by WCCFTech the GTX 1180 will have 3,584 CUDA cores, a clock speed of 1.6 to 1.8GHz and 8 to 16GB of GDDR6 memory. Meanwhile, the GTX 1170 is rumoured to pack 2,688 CUDA cores, running at 1.5 to 1.8GHz, and also have 8 to 16GB of GDDR6 memory.



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is it a new architecture or Pascal on steroids? (pascal++)
New architecture. GDDR6 memory as said.
So, 1180 is basically the 1080ti spec but with GDDR6 ram?

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3dcandy
New architecture. GDDR6 memory as said.

That's just the memory controller. Well I say “just”, it's a lot of work to get a good memory controller, but it could be plugged onto the existing 1080ti silicon design. But then if they were doing that, I would expect them to shrink the design to 12nm at the same time.
Lots of tweaks I guess, yes 12nm and a new memory controller. More CUDA cores expected and more TMU's and ROP's so should be a pretty big jump. Bit like Volta but I guess nvlink 2 will be removed and won't use HBM2 memory. I say new architecture because it's different enough to not be just a tweaked design.
Although I also guess lower end models with ship with GDDR5(x) and culled parts to fit budget
3dcandy
Lots of tweaks I guess, yes 12nm and a new memory controller. More CUDA cores expected and more TMU's and ROP's so should be a pretty big jump. Bit like Volta but I guess nvlink 2 will be removed and won't use HBM2 memory. I say new architecture because it's different enough to not be just a tweaked design.
Although I also guess lower end models with ship with GDDR5(x) and culled parts to fit budget

But we just don't know the architecture. It could be a cost reduced 1080ti for all we know, or the cores could be something completely new.

I haven't looked at the DGGR6 spec, if it is close enough to GDDR5X then perhaps the existing memory controllers work just fine and this is a re-brand of the 1080ti. Not that graphics companies ever do re-brands ;)