I think we all thought the impatient thumb twiddling was going to come to an end at CES last week. Surely it was about time Nvidia unleashed the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti on the world? Alas not, which may be down to the similar Vega 10 graphics card no-show from AMD. If AMD had announced a Radeon RX 490 you can be damn sure Nvidia would have the 1080 Ti waiting in the wings. Which brings us to this post-CES 2017 tech lull, with the latest rumours pointing towards a launch at PAX East in March for the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.
It all stems from an undisclosed Nvidia AIB (Add-in Board) partner, who has said the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is coming extremely soon.
PAX East runs from March 10 in Boston, Massachusetts, so if this rumour is true then you can expect Nvidia to show its face around about then. I’m guessing a lot of this does all stem around what AMD is doing however. With no competition at the high-end of the GPU market, Nvidia is free to take its time polishing GeForce GTX 1080 Ti performance until such a time as AMD shows its hand.
In addition to its launch, the same source has also said the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti won’t be restricted to a Founders Edition at launch. All of the usual AIB partners are free to get their own custom versions out in time for launch, potentially as a result of blowback from the community regarding previous Founders Editions.
As far as specs go the 1080 Ti will have the same GP102 GPU as the Titan X, although it will likely be cut down somewhat. In addition to this it will have 10GB of GDDR5X memory.
We’ve still no word on pricing just yet, other than to expect it right at the high end obviously. A lot of it is going to come down to the pricing AMD adopts for Vega 10. If Team Red comes in with a rock-bottom price then this is going to force Nvidia to rethink its entire pricing strategy. All this points towards some potentially great price cuts on the likes of the GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 once Vega rolls arounds.
Are you patiently holding out for a GTX 1080 Ti? What level of pricing are you expecting? Can you see AMD massively undercutting Nvidia?