Prepare your bank accounts, for the machinations of the various graphics card manufacturers are slowly falling into pace. While Nvidia has been busy dominating with the GTX 970 for the past 18 months, becoming the most popular graphics card with Steam users, it’s still coming up to two years old and gamers are clamouring for more. Pascal is of course the next generation, and it looks if Nvidia is making the necessary moves to launch no less than three Nvidia Pascal GPUs in June.
According to fresh reports, plans are in place for the first GeForce Pascal GPUs in June, following a full reveal at Computex in Taipei. These initial GPUs will be used for the successors to the GTX 980 and 980 Ti, and will likely be called GTX 1080 and 1080 Ti. This will then be followed by a more affordable graphics card, the GTX 970 follow-up; in all likelihood a GTX 1070. Thanks to the die shrink, which sees all Pascal GPUs manufactured using the 16nm FinFET process (down from 28nm), each card will be significantly faster and more efficient than its predecessor.
The news comes via Korean site Hardware Battle, which reports that production of GeForce GTX 970, 980, and 980 Ti graphics cards by Nvidia partners will be discontinued in June. Essentially that means no more high-end GTX 900-series graphics cards will be manufactured, paving the way for the arrival of Pascal.
|Expected Graphics Card||Pascal GPU||Availability|
|GeForce GTX 1070||GP104-150||Late June|
|GeForce GTX 1080||GP104-200||Early June|
|GeForce GTX 1080 Ti||GP104-400||Early June|
The rest of the details are basically guesswork at this stage, although we're expecting quite a leap in performance. Pricing details have yet to be announced, or indeed the existence of these graphics cards, but they are likely to be marginally more expensive than their current generation counterparts.
As ever it's still a case of wait and see, but the pieces of the puzzle are slowly coming together for Nvidia's upcoming GPU plans.