Rumor: Nvidia to launch GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 at Computex

— 8:54 AM on April 8, 2016

Nvidia's Tesla P100 is certainly an impressive bit of kit, but we'd wager more than a few gerbils were disappointed that the company didn't announce consumer graphics cards based on the Pascal architecture. If a report by Digitimes is correct, however, green-team gamers everywhere could soon have reason to rejoice.

According to "sources from graphics card players," Nvidia will unveil a consumer Pascal chip to the public at Computex 2016, in the form of its GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 cards. Digitimes says that card makers will fire up mass production of Pascal-based GeForces during July. Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI are among the players expected to show cards at Computex.

The site also says Nvidia is already clearing out its inventory of current-generation GPUs in order to prepare for the impending launch. As far as the red team is concerned, Digitimes says that AMD is likely to reveal its Polaris GPUs later in the year.

The same industry sources also point out that the graphics card market remains in weak demand, and that most manufacturers are bracing for a 10% drop in shipments in the second quarter of 2016. It's not all doom and gloom, though—the site thinks that with the advent of VR, high-end graphics cards ought to sell well, offsetting the overall drop in shipments.

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