Gamers have been impatiently waiting for the next generation of video cards to hit the market, with prices soaring and external GPUs facing a massive shortage due in large part to their use in cryptocurrency number crunching. Thanks to a deluge of leaks, it seems that everyone’s wishes will be answered very soon.
The vaunted GeForce GTX 1180 seems to have a release date as soon as this Fall. Nvidia has been handing out invitations to the press for a special event where most believe that they will officially announce the GTX 11 lineup at Gamescom in Germany. This is on the heels of a Lenovo representative letting loose at E3 that the “.time to market Nvidia 11Series up to 1180 down the road,” and a Vietnamese online storefront listing being posted early for $1500 with an availability set in September. The wildly insane price is likely to change and may have something to do with import electronics costs in the country. Don’t breathe too easy though, other sources place the final price somewhere in the $700 range.
So, what are you going to get with all that dosh? One of the most powerful consumer video cards ever put to market, though some of the details are a bit fuzzy. 3584 CURDA Cores, 224 TMUs, 15GBS of GDDR6 RAM with a massive 13 Teraflops of power is what most sources report. To put that in perspective, that’s twice as much RAM as the Geforce GTX 1080, and a lot more horsepower to boot. If that price point is too much don’t worry, there is an entire GTX 11 lineup on the horizon, with the GTX 1170 rumored to only be a few notches below with 2688 CUDA cores, 168 TMUs, the option for an 8 or 16GB versions, and 9 to 10ish Teraflops running all said and one. That should be enough to run just about anything out there without a hitch. I mean, it’ll run Crysis in spades at any rate.
Why all the secrecy? It isn’t a secret that Nvidia is a little behind the 8-ball against this rival ATI in terms of price. They are also trying to get ahead of the latest power users of their GPUs, cryptocurrency miners. High-end GPUs simply crunch Bitcoin better than anything else out there, and gamers have been facing an inflated market when it comes to high-end video cards because hardcore miners have bought up a lot of the existing stock out there. This coupled with trade war scares with China has made gaming hardware stock pricier than normal and a little hard to find in some cases for the highest end gear. By playing their cards close to the vest, Nvidia hopes that they can sell their cards to normal consumers again, and they are also likely smoothing out logistic pipelines to ensure that there are not shortages caused by the demand of miners or the current unstable geopolitical trade environment.
Gamescom can’t come fast enough for people looking for a serious upgrade to their gaming rigs, and even if it their best product might cost as much as low to mid-range gaming PC in its entirety, there is still a dedicated consumer base willing to take the plunge.