A new rumor has surfaced which reveals that NVIDIA Corp. (NASDAQ:NVDA) is planning to launch its first ever GPU in the upcoming Pascal series in May. The new comes from a Chinese website, Benchlife, which has reported that GTX 1080 will arrive in summer.
We have been getting numerous reports over the past two months on when NVIDIA will showcase the first Pascal GPU. More recent rumors point towards April, at the Game Technology Conference, where NVIDIA is speculated to demonstrate the first working Pascal GPU out of manufacturing.
The GP104 based GTX 1080 will not feature High Bandwidth Memory 2 (HBM2) as previously predicted. This new information from Benchlife goes against what we have been hearing over the past months, but certainly puts in line with the fact that HBM2 is not supposed to be available in mass before later this year. Instead, the GTX 1080 will come equipped with a faster GDDR5 memory called “GDDR5X.” The GPU will feature 8 gigs of GDDR5X memory. This will allow it to tackle the most demanding games at 4K resolution, and with the advent of VR, the high-end offering should have no difficulty in powering through the virtual experience.
Other details about the GTX 1080 includes an 8 pin PCI-e power connector, HDMI x1, DVI x1 and DisplayPort x2. The 8 pin connector requirements mean that the GPU will be much more power efficient than its predecessor, GTX 980, which requires an additional 6 pin connector.
Kitguru is reporting that NVIDIA may launch GTX 1070 alongside the GTX 1080 in May. This is a possibility since their respective predecessors were launched in the same way.
Pascal is the next GPU architecture by NVIDIA that features 16nm manufacturing process, which is a long overdue departure from the current 28nm die-size. This will bring a significant shift in performance per watt and allow the new GPU to run much cooler, consumer less power and have a smaller form factor.