Rumor: More GTX 1050 Ti and 1080 Ti details pop up


— 5:36 PM on September 30, 2016

We've been hearing word through the grapevine that Nvidia is preparing more Pascal processors for upcoming graphics cards. A deleted post on ChipHell had a GPU-Z screenshot seemingly confirming the existence—and some of the specifications—of a GP107 chip that rumors say is bound for the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. Meanwhile, at the other end of the market, rumors abound regarding a GP102-based GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

First, the "little" guy. As the rumors go, there will actually be two GPUs based on the GP107 processor. The fully-enabled GP107 chip is rumored to have 768 shader processors. That would imply that it comprises six Pascal SMs, which in turn gives it 48 texture units. The screenshot from ChipHell lists the GP107 chip having 64 TMUs, however. That may mean that the chip is structured differently from other Pascal parts, that GPU-Z is incorrect on the pre-release card, or simply that the screenshot is fake.

In any case, rumors agree that in its fully-enabled form, the GP107 chip will have a 128-bit path to 4GB of GDDR5 memory. That configuration will purportedly be called the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. A cut-down version featuring 640 shaders and 2GB of memory will apparently be known as the GeForce GTX 1050. These cards are very similar in both name and configuration to the first-generation Maxwell GTX 750 and 750 Ti parts. Thai tech site Zolkorn claims the new cards will be launching the last week of October, and predicts a price of $149 for the 1050 Ti.

The rumored GTX 1080 Ti is a far different beast. Whispers about this card have existed at least since the launch of the newer Titan X. Just as the GTX 980 Ti brought the lofty GeForce Titan X's performance into a price range attainable by mere mortals, so too should the 1080 Ti be a more affordable way to get most of a 2016 Titan X. HWBattle has an image showing data that was allegedly snatched from Nvidia's site before being quickly removed, and it lists the supposed GeForce GTX 1080 Ti as having 3328 shader processors and running at a boost clock of 1623 MHz.

Chinese tech site Zol.com.cn leaked a few more details about the card a few days ago. Contrary to the image linked above, the site said that the board could use 12GB of GDDR5X memory at 10 GT/s, just like on the Nvidia Titan X. The site also claimed that the new card will launch at CES 2017 next January, and that it will be priced somewhere between the GTX 1080 and Titan X. That would put the GTX 1080 Ti's release date around the same time as AMD's upcoming Vega GPUs. Since both green and red teams try to one-up each other with simultaneous releases, the rumored date seems at least plausible.

 
   
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