Most of us are waiting for the next generation graphics card and we are expecting them to feature the latest HBM2 technology, as well as GDDR5X for some models. Recently, specifications and release date of a certain NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card surfaced online thanks to BenchLife. While many are still skeptical about the new information and credibility of the site, BenchLife did leak some stories before that turned out to be true or at least close to it. Their latest exposé is all about the upcoming GeForce GTX 1080 featuring GP104 core, but will not feature HBM2 technology. More details below.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Specifications (Rumored)
The next generation NVIDIA GeForce graphics based on Pascal architecture is rumored to be dubbed as “GeForce GTX 1080”. Obviously it’s the successor of the current GTX 980. But since naming scheme isn’t confirmed yet, we are not sure if NVIDIA will call the successor of the GTX 980 as GTX 1080. It may or may not be called “GeForce GTX 1080”, but for now that is the general assumption.
The rumored GeForce GTX 1080 is said to feature the next generation GP104 GPU, 16nm FinFET (by TSMC) that is based on Pascal architecture, and is reported to feature 8GB of GDDR5X memory. Yes, it’s GDDR5X and not HBM2 as most of us expected. Probably the reason behind this is that HBM2 is not readily available until Q3 this year, and NVIDIA might be reserving the HBM2 for their best and top of the line graphics card to be released later this year.
It will also have a 256-bit memory bus, and will include a DVI out, HDMI out and two DisplayPorts. It’s also reported that the upcoming GeForce GTX 1080 will only have a 1x 8pin power connector, suggesting that it’s (much) more power efficient compared to the current GTX 980.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Release Date
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 is rumored to be launched this coming May 27, 2016, after NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun will introduce the Pascal architecture this coming April. We are not sure if it will be accompanied with other next gen Pascal based GeForce graphics cards, but expect that once the GTX 1080 gets launched, the next gen GTX 1070, GTX 1060 are sure to follow, with the Titanium (Ti) and TITANs on a later date this year.