Photos of Nvidia’s upcoming Pascal based GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 graphics cards have been leaked online. This is the very first time ever for GeForce gamers to get a sneak peek at Nvidia’s latest creation.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Pascal
A photo allegedly showing the cooling solution of Nvidia’s upcoming GTX 1080

The photo shows a cooling unit – no graphics card is actually shown here, note the absence of a rear bracket or a PCIe connector – that’s intrinsically Nvidia. It very much resembles the company’s current NVTTM cooling unit. The same black accented silver body color combination carries over. The exoskeleton also looks metallic and we have an acrylic window sitting right above where the heatsink would normally sit on-top of the GPU die.

To the left we can clearly see a “GTX 1080” engraving as well as the Nvidia logo on the right. The fan seems to be of a similar size to Nvidia’s current design, with the same number and size for the blades. This cooler, just like its predecessor, is a blower style. The fan on the right rotates clockwise to push air towards the heatsink to the left and push hot air outside your case through the rear bracket.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 And GTX 1070 – A New Cooler Design For A New Generation Of Graphics Cards

Below we have a gallery showing each component of the exoskeleton as well as the heat-plate, which makes contact with the GPU die and transfers heat to the heatsink. According to the photos below, the same exoskeleton will be leveraged across several GTX 1000 series graphics cards. This is evidenced by the GTX 10_0 engraving, where the third digit is left out from the original mold. Which then can be augmented with the addition of the correct digit to spell GTX 1080, GTX 1070 or any other GTX 1000 series product.


Yesterday, we covered the news about Nvidia’s plan to release its gaming oriented GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 graphics cards this June. Both cards are based on the company’s brand new 16nm FinFET Pascal graphics architecture, more specifically the GP104 GPU which we’ve also detailed yesterday.

Suffice it to say these cards will bring tremendous performance improvements over Nvidia’s current GTX 980 Ti, GTX 980 and GTX 970 lineup of Maxwell based graphics cards.

We’re not going to go into too much detail about the cards’ performance characteristics or the Pascal architecture. For that we’d highly advise you to check out our previous piece in which we detailed the Pascal architecture, its performance and power improvements as well as its new clever layout and hardware scheduler that’s bound to boost Async Compute performance. A DirectX 12 feature that AMD graphics cards excel at and has been Nvidia’s DX12 achilles heel for sometime due to Maxwell’s simplistic hardware scheduling approach and heavy reliance on software.

GTX 980 TiGTX 980GTX 1080GTX 1070GTX 1060TESLA P100 (GP100)
Process Node28nm28nm16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET
Transistors8 Billion5.2 BillionTBATBATBA15.3 Billion
CUDA Cores2816 CUDA Cores2048 CUDA Cores~2560 CUDA Cores~2048 CUDA Cores~1280 CUDA Cores3840 CUDA Cores
Memory Bus384-bit256-bit256-bit256-bit128-bit4096-bit
Memory Speed7Gbps7Gbps10-12Gbps8Gbps8Gbps1.4Gbps
Launch DateMay 2015September 2014June 2016June 2016Autumn 20162017
~ estimated from die size.

The GeForce GTX 1080 ( GP104-400 ) and GeForce GTX 1070 ( GP104-200 ) graphics cards are expected to launch in June with in addition to a third GP104-150 based graphics card that’s not known as of yet. Potentially a GTX 1060 Ti. The GP106 based GTX 1060 is expected to launch some time later in the fall.


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