GeForce GTX 1080 Ti announced at PAX March 10th?

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So I was really hesitating to post this news-item as one site mentioned this rumor, and all of the sudden it becomes a reality on the web. Unfortunately we cannot stay behind with news, so here we go. The latest rumor is that Nvidia will be releasing the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti at PAX March 10th.

Now here's why I hesitated to post this item, it is a website called techbuyersguru (yeah I had not heard of them before either), that posted in an article with once small paragraph that goes like this: 

It turns out that there really is such thing as the GTX 1080 Ti, and not only will it be available from board partners (MSI being one of the biggest), but it will be coming around PAX East 2017, which kicks off on March 10, 2017. You heard it here first, folks!

So that is the source, it is unconfirmed info, by an unnamed source. I mean if we write CeBIT 2017, would that make sense and be a fact? Earlier on the 1080 Ti was expected to launch in October, then Christmas and then everybody was certain it would be CES last week. So then, let's quickly close this article, and HOPE that the info is correct. Perhaps Nvidia simply is waiting and delaying their release until AMD VEGA is to be released ? Then again, delaying this product doesn't make much sense from a business point of view either.

What is GeForce GTX 1080 Ti?

The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti will be using the GP102 silicon, similar as used for the Pascal processor used on the mighty Nvidia Titan X, however it has 4 out of 30 shader processor clusters disabled. That means 3,328 shader processors (52 SMs). If you do the math then your TMU count would get to 208 with a ROP count of 96. According to the screenshot the GPU itself will be clocked at 1503 MHz and 1623 MHz on the GPU Boost. The memory would be GDDR5 not GDDR5X as Pascal Titan X is using and then the shader count has been decreased towards 3328 shader cores, which is still 768 more compared to the GeForce GTX 1080.  The numbers add up towards a 10.8 GFLOP/s single precision performing product.  Charted up it looks like this:

Reference GeForceTitan X GTX 1080 TiGTX 1080GTX 1070GTX 1060 
  (2016 edition)        
GPU GP102-400-A1 GP102-200-A1 GP104-400-A1 GP104-200-A1 GP106-400-A1
Architecture Pascal Pascal Pascal Pascal Pascal
Transistor count 12 Billion 12 Billion 7.2 Billion 7.2 Billion 4.4 Billion
Fabrication Node TSMC 16 nm TSMC 16 nm TSMC 16 nm TSMC 16 nm TSMC 16 nm
CUDA Cores 3,584 3,328 2,560 1,920 1,280
SMMs / SMXs 28 26 20 15 10
ROPs 96 96 64 64 48
GPU Clock Core 1,417 MHz 1,503 MHz 1,607 MHz 1,506 MHz 1,506 MHz
GPU Boost clock 1,531 MHz 1,623 MHz 1,733 MHz 1,683 MHz 1,709 MHz
Memory Clock 2,500 MHz 1,250 MHz 1,250 MHz 2,000 MHz 2,000 MHz
Memory Size 12 GB 12 GB 8 GB 8 GB 3 GB / 6 GB
Memory Bus 384-bit 384-bit 256-bit 256-bit 192-bit
Memory Bandwidth 480 GB/s 384 GB/s 320 GB/s 256 GB/s 192 GB/s
FP Performance 11.0 TFLOPS 10.0 TFLOPS 9.0 TFLOPS 6.45 TFLOPS 4.61 TFLOPS
GPU Thermal Threshold 94 Degrees C 94 Degrees C 94 Degrees C 94 Degrees C 94 Degrees C
TDP 250 Watts 250 Watts 180 Watts 150 Watts 120 Watts
Launch MSRP ref $1200 $899 (esti) $599/$699 $379/$449 $249/$299

GDDR5 memory would bring in 384GB/s of memory bandwidth, which would be the deal-breaker over a Titan X with its 480GB/s of bandwidth. It is still more then the 1080 though. The card will get a 250 Watt TDP. Pricing wise we know nothing of course, but the 1080 is at 699 USD, the Titan X at 1200 USD .. so somewhere in the middle ?

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