Nvidia’s next-generation GeForce graphics cards based on the Turing architecture will be in extremely short supply, according to a report from WCCFTech. They allege that the first Turing chips will be heading to Nvidia’s Add-in-Board partners in either August or early September, with a view to launching in either Q3 or Q4 2018.
Right now we’re hearing an absolute ton of rumours about the upcoming next-gen GPUs from Nvidia, so it’s difficult to pick through the crap and discern what’s actually true. Within the last week alone we’ve heard the GeForce GTX 1170 and GTX 1180 will be ready to launch on July 30th; launching in August; delayed due to excess stock of Pascal GPUs; even pushed all the way back to 2019. And now we have this, which Usman Pirzada claims has been confirmed by multiple third-party sources.
So what we could be looking at is Nvidia shipping out the Turing graphics cards to AIB partners within the next 8-12 weeks. It would then be likely we get an official announcement from Nvidia regarding the new GeForce generation before it leaks. That would make a September launch for the GeForce GTX 1180 and GeForce GTX 1170 Founders Editions a viability, with AIB partners rolling out a few weeks later.
Despite the assurances from sources, they do claim that the launch of Nvidia’s GPUs could potentially slip into Q4 2018 (October-December) if Team Green runs into any snags in the manufacturing process.
As for when you can actually get your hands on these things - good luck seems to be the appropriate term. WCCFTech has come out with what appears to be a fairly ludicrous claim of just 150-300 GPUs per AIB partner in the initial shipment. If we're to take their word for it then that would make the GeForce GTX 1180 and GTX 1170 GPUs hot-ticket items. There would be just a few thousand for a supposedly global launch. For most new-gen graphics card launches, supplies are usually on the tight side, but the 30-month gap since the arrival of Pascal could see demand driven sky-high.
If we were to assume this report is true, prices for the initial round of GeForce Turing GPUs are going to be hyper-inflated until stocks are resupplied and demand settles down. The options available would be to snag a GeForce GTX 1180 directly from Nvidia for MSRP or hold off until there are more supplies heading to retail channels.
Pricing has yet to be announced for the upcoming GeForce GTX 11 series graphics cards, although we'd expect the GeForce GTX 1180 to retail for somewhere in the region of $600-700, while the GeForce GTX 1170 should be available for roughly $450-500. Limited supplies would obviously push these prices even higher, so patience may be the key here.