Details on both are scarce, but we can definitely draw some conclusions based on their predecessors. We’ve seen solid 4K performance out of the GTX 1080, so the 1080 Ti is more likely a solution for the slow trickle of higher-refresh 4K displays, and for people who like to shatter benchmarks. There’s already a Pascal-based Titan X, which sits at a wallet-demolishing $1,000, so the GTX 1080 Ti is likely to fit right in between that and the $550-600 price point for the GTX 1080.
AMD’s new Vega cards, on the other hand, are more likely to follow in the footsteps of the Radeon Fury cards, with a focus on advanced features. We don’t know a lot, but we can certainly expect High Bandwidth Memory, hopefully in a new and improved form, will come back to offer unparalleled memory access. The Fury cards were priced at $650 at launch, although that price came down quickly. It doesn’t give us much of a clue into Vega pricing, but with the RX 480 8GB sitting around $240, we could easily see a $500+ price tag for Radeon’s premium offering.
Either way, we’ll know more tonight. In the meantime, we’ll be discussing the rumors, speculation, and implications of new GPUs, whether they show up or not.
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