Transformers-Like Nvidia Pascal GTX 1080 Spotted on the Web, Planned for June Launch
Ahead of the launch of the next generation Pascal graphics cards, a photo of the alleged Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 has just hit the web. The leak clearly gives a glimpse at the new NVTTM cooler that appears to maintain a similar design as the current gen GeForce lineup, including the GTX 980 and GTX 980 Ti graphics cards.
As visible in the photo, the silver graphics card shroud bears the Nvidia logo on its one side and an engraved “GTX 1080” on the other side. The new design is much more aggressive in itself, with many sharp angles throughout the exterior, giving a Transformers-like feeling for some reason.
Further, we can clearly see that this is just the external body of the alleged Pascal GTX 1080 and not an actual graphics card. There’s no PCB beneath the shroud, no PCIe connector or a rear bracket.
Last month, we reported images of two similar, metallic shroud designs, with “GTX 1080” and “GTX 1070” monikers engraved on them, as well as showing metal housing and cutting fluid. Which indicated they might be taken in vicinity of an Nvidia production line, or could just be part of an eloborate hoax.
Coming back to this Transformers-like GTX 1080 photo, it only depicts the cooling unit’s shroud, featuring a silver metallic body and black accents, with a small acrylic window that sits above the vapor chamber and heat sink fin array.
The GeForce GTX 1080 is based on the Pascal GP104 GPU. If a previous report is to be believed, the upcoming graphics card could feature 8GB of GDDR5X on a 384-bit memory bus for a total of 320GB/s of bandwidth. On the other hand, the GTX 1070 will however drop down to GDDR5 on a 256-bit memory bus with 256GB/s bandwidth.
As for the release date, both the Pascal based GTX 1000 series graphics cards could be unveiled at Computex 2016 event with product availability in June.
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