A Vietnamese store put up the first listing of a GeForce GTX 1180, specifically an ASUS model. The store even revealed key specs, the price point and the availability date.
It is important to bear in mind that, despite being a listing from a store, this information is not definitive and some changes could be made. However, it all fits with the information that we have been seeing in previous news, so it possible and makes a lot of sense.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1180… Or GeForce GTX 2080?
The first leaks regarding the next generation of NVIDIA solutions have certainly raised questions about the name. When the leaks started, GTX 1180 and GTX 2080 were used indistinctly, although the latter slowly became the preferred option.
However, the situation has recently changed. Now it seems that GeForce GTX 1180 will be the definite name, not only because of the store’s listing we mentioned above but also because a Lenovo representative explicitly used that name.
We will wait for NVIDIA’s official announcement, as nothing is conclusive yet. As of now, GeForce GTX 1180 seems more likely. If this turns out to be true, the rest of NVIDIA’s next-gen graphics solutions would be named GTX 1170, GTX 1160, GTX 1150 and GTX 1130.
Turing, a change from Volta
Putting together all the information we have seen so far, as well as that first listing of the GeForce GTX 1180, we can confirm that NVIDIA will use a new architecture named Turing. On a technical level, everything points to an evolution from the Volta architecture, which means that improvements on raw performance will be minimum and that the most remarkable change could be switching to a 12 nm manufacturing process.
Turing was thought to be manufactured using a 7 nm process, but TSMC’s latest movements have sparked a wave of information confirming that production will fall short, so NVIDIA will have to stick to the 12 nm process unless it is willing to face supply issues, which is something that might hurt the sales of the GeForce GTX 11.
In terms of performance, we hope Turing increases the total shaders count, as well as the texture and render units of each of the usual lineups. This means that each GPU will be both more powerful than their equivalent of the previous generation and more efficient thanks to the 12 nm process. We also expect an increase in terms of operating frequencies and improvements to the turbo mode that NVIDIA uses on its GPUs. We do not have a concrete number, but 2 GHz might be a reasonable goal.
We will have to wait and see if Turing uses Volta tensor cores for ray tracing and AI in games, but it seems highly unlikely. As for the memory, we can expect the high-end models to use GDDR6, whereas the mid-end and low-end models would use GDDR5X and GDDR5.
GeForce GTX 1180: specs, launch date and price
We have a clear idea of what to expect from Turing. Now we have to go into detail about the specs of NVIDIA’s next-gen flagship, the GeForce GTX 1180.
In general terms, every key feature seen so far is still there, so we can sum everything up:
- GT104 GPU (Turing architecture) fabricated on a 12 nm process
- 3.584 shading units at 1,405-1,582 MHz in normal and turbo mode, respectively
- 224 TMUs
- 64 ROPs
- A 256-bit bus
- A 16 GB GDDR6 memory with 14 GHz of effective data-rate
- A 200 W TDP
- Possible price point: $1,500
- You would need 1×6-pin and 1×8-pin connectors
According to the listing that we saw, the GeForce GTX 1180 will be available on September 28. The date perfectly fits the latest information that we got, as it pointed to a possible launch of the Founders Edition version in August and the arrival of customized versions in September.
Bear in mind that the GeForce GTX 1180 should perform 30-40% better than the current GTX 1080 Ti, meaning that it will be the perfect GPU for 4K gaming at maximum quality and with total smoothness.
Once the GPU is launched, we expect NVIDIA to keep the usual schedule that we have seen with previous generations, meaning that the next GPUs to arrive will be the GTX 1170 (probably in early 2019), the GTX 1160 (by the end of March 2019) and the GTX 1150 (during the second trimester of 2019).