The rumour mill is in full swinging regarding Nvidia’s purported GeForce GTX 1070 Ti graphics card. Nvidia’s alleged GPU will fill in the price gap between the GeForce GTX 1070 and the GeForce GTX 1080, hitting stores in October for $429.

The GeForce GTX 1080 reference edition carries a price tag of $499, while the GeForce GTX 1070 will set you back around $399. That would leave a very narrow price gap of $30 between the GeForce GTX 1070 and the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, Interestingly, the GTX 1070 is currently out of stock over on Nvidia’s official store, perhaps hinting that Nvidia is preparing to phase out the GTX 1070 for the more powerful GTX 1070 Ti, a move which could help to reassert dominance over AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 56.

Specs for the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti come courtesy of MyDrivers, who claim it will feature 2438 CUDA cores, just 5% less than the GeForce GTX 1080 (2560), and 27% more than the GeForce GTX 1070, which has 1920 CUDA cores. It will also feature 8GB GDDR5 memory, the same as the GeForce GTX 1070, rather than the faster GDDR5X memory seen onboard the GTX 1080.

The rumours of a GeForce GTX 1070 Ti were lent further credence by Gigabyte, who posted a message on Facebook playing on the new Stephen King’s It movie. The name has been flipped around to simply say ‘Ti’, along with message that says "Ti will get you too ... eventually ... #comingsoon".

If these rumours are true, and it seems increasingly likely they are, then this pricing could pitch the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti as an excellent budget-priced version of the GTX 1080, losing out just a few percentage points in terms of performance. If performance was closer to the GeForce GTX 1070 it would be a little harder to understand why this GPU would have reason to exist, but at its rumoured performance level Nvidia could have a Vega 56 killer on its hands, and even a card which could give Vega 64 a run for its money.