2017 started, and if all goes according to the plan NVidia should present its new GPU architecture dubbed Volta during this year. As the last member of the Pascal family, the GTX 1080 Ti will attempt to close the gap between the GTX 1080 and the flagship Titan X.
The upcoming card is rumored to release during the PAX East 2017, taking place on March 10, 2017, in Boston. The info comes from an MSI representative, who talked with Tech Buyer’s Guru.
The card should come with 10 GB of GDDR5 VRAM, right between GTX 1080’s 8 GB and Titan X’s 12 GB. It seems NVidia won’t use GDDR5X, featured both on the GTX 1080 and GTC Titan X, and will instead go with the GDDR5 with 348-bit memory bandwidth. This shouldn’t influence performance since the card will use the same chip as the Titan X, the GP102 GPU. The chip will lack 256 CUDA cores compared to the Titan X, but the clock speed will be higher (1,623MHz vs. 1,531MHz on the Titan X).
The GTX 1080 Ti should provide enough power for achieving a stable 60 fps in 4K resolution, and will be targeted towards users who don’t want to shell more than $1,000 in order to play their games in 4K with high frame rates.
As for the pricing, it is expected for the upcoming GTX 1080 Ti to cost around $630, but some rumors place the price as high as $1200. Since Titan X costs $1,200 and the GTX 1080 sporting a price of around $600, it is logical to assume the company will place the GTX 1080 Ti somewhere between the two cards, with a price of around $800-$900.