Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1180 could be unveiled next month

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Nvidia launched its current generation of GeForce gaming GPUs more than two years ago, and we might just see the next generation, rumored to be named the GeForce GTX 11 Series, in August. While Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said the next GeForce GPUs would be “a long time from now” recently, all signs now point toward next month for the launch of the GeForce GTX 1180. Nvidia was supposed to be presenting at the annual Hot Chips conference in August, with a talk entitled “NVIDIA’s Next Generation Mainstream GPU.” Hot Chips curiously scrubbed any mention of this recently.

Nvidia is now reportedly sending invites for Gamescom on August 21st (just as Hot Chips ends) for a mysterious PC-related event. The invites follow a Lenovo product manager freely talking about Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 11 Series during an E3 video. Referring to a Lenovo gaming PC, the Lenovo rep says “but time to market with NVIDIA 11 Series up to an 1180 down the road,” suggesting that Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1180 is on the way soon. Nvidia also commemorated Alan Turing’s birthday on Twitter, leading many to believe the company is teasing its next-generation GPUs that are based on Nvidia’s Turing platform.

Rumored Nvidia GeForce GTX 1180 engineering sample

Images of an alleged Nvidia engineering sample for the GeForce GTX 1180 leaked last week. The card has a dozen of Micron’s GDDR6 memory modules installed, and no existing GPUs support this new memory yet. Micron just started mass production of GDDR6, ready to succeed the existing GDDR5 memory that was first introduced more than 10 years ago. GDDR6 will improve the bandwidth capabilities of next-generation GPUs across PCs and consoles.

Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1180 is expected to be capable of playing games at 4K resolution with a 144Hz refresh rate. Acer and Asus are both starting to release 4K gaming monitors that include 144Hz refresh rates, HDR, and Nvidia’s G-Sync support. These 27-inch monitors are $2,000, and they’ll need a card like the GTX 1180 to power them. Tom’s Hardware also reports that the new GTX 1180 will be capable of outputting up to 120Hz to VR headsets over a single proprietary cable. Nvidia’s latest and greatest GPU is also rumored to include 3,584 CUDA cores, a clock speed between 1.6 and 1.8GHz, and up to 16GB of GDDR6 memory.

Bitcoin mania, and the rush to mine for Ethereum, pushed the prices of Nvidia’s GPUs up earlier this year. It now looks like that demand is starting to settle, and some reports even suggest Nvidia has an inventory problem of existing cards because cryptocurrency demand has crashed. That could mean it will be a lot easier to buy an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1180 once it’s finally available, but that will ultimately depend on exactly how powerful this new card is.


Excited for this, I hope the 1170 also comes out, and the laptop version shortly after. Just price it at the usual prices not hundreds higher!

Bitcoin miners are excited I guess

And…and gamers. Remember those guys? Sheesh.

And 3D modelers like myself… you know, people who actually NEED graphics cards to make money.

Really depends on what you’re modeling. You can easily get away with purely modeling on a mid range graphics card. My 980 which is 4 years old now is still fully capable of working on high poly projects.

The only time you really need a high end graphics card/s is when you’re gonna render your project. Even then you could just preview it with a low sample rate and then send it off to a render farm when you’re satisfied.

Actually, that really depends on what renderer you’re using. Most traditional renderers are CPU-bound, while some are hybrids and others (like Octane) are GPU-bound. Right now, I have a GTX 970, which is woefully inadequate for what I’m doing (game modeling).

I agree, if it was just the modeling, my 970 would work fine. But the biggest issue is the VRAM. Trying to author textures in 8K res is mind-numbing. I would go for one of the Quadro cards with 32GB of VRAM, but I can’t justify spending that much just for VRAM. I was originally on the hunt for a card in January, but unfortunately was the time when everything skyrocketed. So here I am waiting for a supposed 16GB GTX card.

Are you talking about realtime pbr render engines now like AwesomeBump or something? Most modelig software nowadays include a hybrid gpu render option. I know that Blender, 3DS MAX and Maya have them, I don’t know about modo, zbrush, etc.

Modo (what I’m using now) uses a CPU renderer, with the viewport raytraced renderer being GPU. However, most of my models get rendered in Unity, Unreal, a proprietary engine, or Marmoset Toolbag, all of which are real-time PBR renderers. But even there, my 970 works fine. Textures really screw me over, and they just keep getting more and more detailed and high res. I don’t think I’d bother to upgrade if it wasn’t for that, haha.


This market price will make these unattainable. Miners pushed me towards the Xbox one x. Trade in and discount got it down to $350.

That was one great deal. I made the mistake of building a new rig for money I am ashamed to state and I don’t even use it cause I am too spoiled by the recliner+Xbox one X combo .

I thought your post was a pun for "one" great deal lol. I love keyboard and mouse shooters but video card prices are out of hand. I don’t see Nvidia or AMD releasing something that undercuts what is going on in the market. TBH why would they even bother release anything if they continue to sell out… I feel like Microsoft has listened and with summer sale deals similar to Steam are actually pretty solid. I won’t hold my breath on the article from last week talking about keyboard and mouse on the xbox…. Too good to be true!

Get this, and you can go back to your rig and play from the comfort of your recliner or couch!


Proprietary VR cable, eh?

Most likely I’ll sell my existing GTX 1080 ti for the latest and greatest

And if you act now likely will make money on the deal WTF? Lol

And I’ll happily buy your 1080 TI, provided the price is right.

How deep are your pockets lol.

Feels like they have to control these rumors to deal with their existing inventory issues…or else it’s just gonna curb demand and lower prices further.

"4K resolution with a 144Hz refresh rate" = depends on the game, I highly doubt for most it can cross 100fps in 4K.

Why not?

Agreed. Even though it would be satisfactory for most 144hz monitor users as long as it can average over 100fps. for it to hold a stable framerate for a 144hz monitor it would have to run games at like 180fps to accomidate for the 40 ish frame rate drops you get at certain points in games.

I sure hope so. My GTX 770 can barely hit 60 with most newer titles, even on lowest settings and lower than 1080p.

I upgraded my 770 to the 1080. Massive improvement. At this point, it probably is best to just wait it out though.

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