There are fresh rumours filtering out of forums in Scandinavia and the East that Nvidia are prepping a new Pascal-based hammer to bash that final nail into the AMD Vega coffin. That card is apparently the Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti.
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Now before we get too excited the only source for this is some snap that’s been circulating around the intermawebs appearing to show an Asus rig with a GTX 1070 Ti GPU inside it. That’s it. No one’s been able to confirm whether there is any shred of truth to the rumour or whether it’s just some Asus intern dropping extraneous letters onto their marketing shizzle.
But that hasn’t stopped the rumour getting fleshed out with alleged specifications, touting a GP104 GPU with either 2,048 or 2,304 CUDA cores inside and 8GB of video memory. For reference, the existing GTX 1070 has 1,920 cores and the GTX 1080 has 2,560. The former sounds more likey, as it would otherwise sit far too close to the GTX 1080 for comfort.
There’s always a chance that this is just evidence of Nvidia getting bored. With the spluttering launch that has been AMD’s RX Vega cards there’s almost no impetus for the GeForce engineers to move any quicker with the new Nvidia Volta GPU architecture. Any new Pascal release would kinda be like kicking a sickly puppy.
The existing Pascal cards are quick, efficient, and available which makes it very difficult for anyone to make a case for buying new AMD graphics silicon. Nvidia’s CEO has gone on record during a recent super-serious investor briefing saying that for the foreseeable future “Pascal is just unbeatable.”
So, the only reason for Nvidia to want to release an updated Pascal chip with the GTX 1070 Ti card is because they’re either bored or determined to stick another brogue into AMD’s bruised ribs. Maybe this is why Radeon Tech Group’s Raja Koduri has decided to take a break from GPU whispering until the start of next year – he knows there’s more punishment on the horizon.
The other big question everyone’s asking is where the hell will the GTX 1070 Ti fit into the existing graphics stack? There’s not a lot of clear air between the current GTX 1070 and GTX 1080, either in performance terms or pricing, so dropping a new card in between will surely cannibalise the sales of its older siblings. I guess there’s always the possibility of a price cut for the GTX 1070 to give a little space to the Ti card, but given the current pricing struggles of AMD’s GPUs there’s little need for that.
Whatever the truth of it, however, none of this makes for pleasant reading for AMD’s graphics card fans.