Nvidia AIB Partners to Launch Pascal GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 at Computex 2016
Industry insiders in Taiwan have just confirmed that Nvidia’s add-in-board (AIB) partners are set to unveil the Pascal based gaming and enthusiast graphics cards, including the GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080, at Computex 2016 which runs from May 31 until June 4.
The report comes via DigiTimes which claims that companies such as ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI are readying to showcase their new custom designs for the next gen GPUs at the event, although mass shipment is expected to start in July.
The graphics card players will begin mass shipping their Pascal graphics cards in July and they expect the new-generation graphics card to increase their shipments and profits in the third quarter, the sources noted.
Nvidia initially plans to reveal GPUs including GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 at Computex 2016.
The report further goes on to state that Nvidia is already trying to clear its GeForce 900 series inventory to prepare for new Pascal products so we’re likely to see a bit in prices, as well.
Moreover, with AMD expected to release its Polaris based GPUs later than Pascal architecture, sources expect Nvidia to dominate sales in Q3 this year. Graphics card shipments in Q2 however, are expecetd to be down 10 per cent for most AIB partners.
Nvidia Pascal Specifications:
Nvidia Pascal is built on 16nm process technology which will enable much reduced power consumption, as well as performance improvements over the predecessor, Maxwell. Here is what we know about Nvidia Pascal architecture so far.
- Pascal graphics architecture
- 2x performance per watt estimated improvement over Maxwell
- To launch in 2016, purportedly the second half of the year
- DirectX 12 feature level 12_1 or higher
- Successor to the GM200 GPU found in the GTX Titan X and GTX 980 Ti
- Built on the 16nm FinFET manufacturing process from TSMC
- Allegedly has a total of 17 billion transistors, more than twice that of GM200
- Will feature four 4-Hi HBM2 stacks, for a total of 16GB of VRAM and 8-Hi stacks for up to 32GB for the professional compute SKUs
- Features a 4096-bit memory bus interface, same as AMD’s Fiji GPU power the Fury series
- Features NVLink (only compatible with next generation IBM PowerPC server processors)
- Supports half precision FP16 compute at twice the rate of full precision FP32
As for the pricing, the Nvidia Pascal cards are rumored to cost between $600 to $1,100.