Apparently the arrival of Nvidia’s next graphics card, reportedly called the GTX 1080, is quickly approaching, with an expected window of this spring. And, of course, with all things that are said to be “coming soon,” rumors have begun to sprout up, this time from Chinese website BenchLife, VideoCardz reports.
If the story is to be believed, it’s suggested that Nvidia will reveal a card either named the GTX 1080 or GTX 1800 and that it will take advantage of a Pascal GP104 GPU core featuring 8GB of GDDR5X. Notably absent in the mix is any mention of HBM2, or second-generation high-bandwidth memory.
The report continues on by vaguely alleging that there will be some sort of Pascal-related news from Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang in April, which all but confirms the existence of the GPU family.
To keep things concise, VideoCardz organized a quick list of bullet points, conveniently summarizing BenchLife’s reports:
- Pascal launch in April
- GTX 1080/1800 launch in May 27th
- GTX 1080/1800 has GP104 Pascal GPU
- GTX 1080/1800 has 8GB GDDR5X memory
- GTX 1080/1800 has one 8pin power connector
- GTX 1080/1800 has 1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x DisplayPort
- First Pascal board with HBM would be GP100 (Big Pascal)
The rumors would lead us to believe that the GTX 1080 would feature an 8-pin power connector, meaning it would likely cap out at 225W, though it could possibly be less. In comparison, Nvidia’s GTX 980 card bears a 165W limit, while the more rigorous GTX 980 Ti maxes out at 250W.
Though it’s fun to indulge ourselves in the wealth of speculation floating around Pascal recently, it’s best to keep in mind that these are just rumors. They could be completely fabricated for all we know, even if the chances of that are slim. As VideoCardz points out, “BenchLife stories are usually correct (in the past they released many Intel and AMD slides, which turned out to be true).”
No one really knows anything for sure except for Nvidia, and we’ll see what it has up its sleeve, presumably in the coming month or so.