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16nm MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Leak Ahead of Computex Taipei 2016

Given that we won’t be seeing any high end GPU hardware until the first quarter 2017 (HBM2-powered AMD Vega 10, Nvidia Pascal GP100), the focus for 2016 will be on the mainstream cards. The shift from 28nm to 16nm (Nvidia) and 14nm (AMD) forced the companies to adopt a conservative approach and focus on entry-level and mainstream silicon, rather than the “highest of all ends”.

While Nvidia did launch its 15 billion transistor silicon named GP100 i.e. Tesla P100 at the Nvidia GPU Technology Conference, Jen-Hsun Huang did state that real volume shipments will only start in the first quarter of 2017, roughly the same time when AMD will debut its Vega 10 GPU architecture. Real battle will be lead between GP104 and GP106 from Nvidia’s side, and AMD’s Polaris 10 and Polaris 11.

Nvidia’s GP104 (GTX 1080) will square off against Polaris 10 (R9 480/490), both of which will carry new branding. Unlike previous product generations, Nvidia allowed its partners to create custom products from day one, and one such leak is doing the rounds on the Internet today. WCCFTech published a picture of MSI’s GeForce GTX 1080 from its Gaming series. The cooling solution will be similar to the one used on the GeForce GTX 980 Gaming.

MSI GeForce GTX 980 Gaming 4GB

While the specs of GP104 are still hidden, we can now say that the chip packs 1920 CUDA Cores and a 256-bit controller supports both GDDR5 and GDDR5X (MSI uses GDDR5X) memory. That should suffice for up to 384 GB/s i.e. easily surpass the bandwidth offered by the GeForce GTX 980, 980 Ti, and even TITAN X. Expect GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 to make an appearance on Computex Taipei 2016, while GP106 based 1050/1060 will debut in the fall.

  • Badelhas

    What about the price?

    • Likely expensive, what are you expecting?

      • Mindaugas

        Maximum same as 980, they can’t really go higher, I say 500-550, it won’t be stronger than 980ti judging from specs.

        • I dunno. I suspect it will be at least on par with the 980 Ti if not a little more powerful.

          • RyviusRan

            Like with the 970 being around 780ti performance and 980 being 15-20% above that.
            The 1070 will be around 980ti performance and the 1080 will be another 15-20% above that.

          • HeartFilledHatred

            I hope, but i don’t think so. I expect that the 1080 will be in line with the 980Ti.

          • Piiilabyte III

            Wrong. They wouldn’t stop production on the 980 Ti and come out with a card that is “on par” If they were truly on par, then wouldn’t it make sense for NVIDIA to keep selling the 980 Ti. If the power is roughly the same, people will buy the cheaper 980 Ti and wait for the 1080 ti or Titan or whatever.

          • HeartFilledHatred

            I know, but i feel that a 15/20% over the Ti it’s optimistic. Well, let’s wait and see!

          • RyviusRan

            That is what people said when I told them the 980 would be 15/20% over the 780ti. They didn’t believe me, especially when they were both 28nm and the 780ti was 561mm in size while the 980 was 398mm.
            This next gen the 1080 is 16nm over the 28nm 980ti and the 1080 measures around 317mm in size with the 980ti at 601mm.

          • HeartFilledHatred

            Glad to hear that Ryvius!

          • Time

            The 980 is, at best, 5-8% better than a 780 ti. That’s nowhere near your 15/20% claim.

          • RyviusRan

            The 780ti is pretty close to the 970. They trade blows back and forth.
            The 980 is 15-20% better than the 970.
            So the 980 is 15-20% better than the 780ti.

          • Time

            Your examples don’t carry over to reality.
            The 780 ti gets 7% more performance than the 970.
            The 980 gets 8% more performance than the 780ti.
            http://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Nvidia-GTX-980-vs-Nvidia-GTX-780-Ti/2576vs2165

            On this article comparing the 780 ti to the 980 on 11 games, you’ll see that only two games come close to your statement, with fps increase of 13% and 29%. The rest are 9% and lower, with an overall average of of 8%.
            http://www.overclock.net/t/1515264/lightbox/post/22905980/id/2186912

          • RyviusRan

            All these benchmarks beg to differ.
            And I can find many more like them.

          • Time

            You do realize most of those benchmarks agreed with me and my sources and not you, right? Also, none of those games existed when the 980 first released (over 2 years ago), so the couldn’t have been used as comparison during your self-validation period.

          • RyviusRan

            The benchmarks you used were from Sept 24th the same week the 980 and 970 released. Those were immature drivers.
            The benchmarks I used show the 970 performing near or better than a 780ti.
            For example in the GTA V benchmark the 980 got 63fps and the 780ti got 52. That’s an 11fps difference and falls in line with the 15-20%.
            Watchdogs the 980 gets 50 and the 780ti gets 38.2.
            That’s more than 20% in difference.
            The Witcher 3 the 980 gets 66fps and the 780ti gets 49.
            Another benchmarch with more than a 20% in difference.

          • it just shows keplers decline. And the same will happen to maxwel. Even if its marginally faster at launch, pascal will be even faster for newer games simply due to neglect of maxwel. kepler will fall off the face of the earth.

          • RyviusRan

            Nope it shows Maxwell’s increase because of mature drivers.

          • Piiilabyte III

            I agree with that as well. Every company claims the highest. Like a car that is 38mph on highway and 28mph on street, you’ll never hit those numbers but then the manufacturer can make that claim.

            15/20% would be awesome but unrealistic. There are so many moving pieces that obscure this message. 15/20% faster in what? GPU clock? RAM settings? RAM Bandwidth? etc.

          • Amin Nausin

            its better LOL

          • RyviusRan

            Looks like I was right. Nvidia just said the 1070 was better than the Titan X and would be priced at 379USD.

          • HeartFilledHatred

            Yup. We need benchmarks now, looks like i’ll have to sell my 980Ti!

        • Piiilabyte III

          Everyone has stopped manufacture/distro of the 970, 980, and 980 Ti. If the 980 Ti was stronger than its replacement, then why is the replacement less powerful?

          • I believe we’ll have a GeForce GTX 680 moment with both the 1080 and 490X. Boards that will consume much less power, but offer equal or a bit higher performance.

        • Ed

          Must be a bunch of 980ti owners commenting here who think the 1080 will not be more powerful – the 1080 should be a noticeable increase over the 980ti. Source: http://wccftech.com/nvidia-pascal-specs/

        • Amin Nausin

          rip $600 with ‘significantly’ more power than the titan X (980ti)

      • Badelhas

        If they’re saving the high end cards for 1st quarter of 2017 then it can’t be that expensive, right? And what’s with the aggressiveness?

        • Aggressiveness?

          You’re mistake, I was simply stating in other words that even if they’re holding off on releasing their high end cards I doubt that they medium tier would be cheap, based on the price of their cards at the moment.

        • 980 came out at $550. So yes they can as long as its even marginally faster than 980ti.

          • Badelhas

            So much for that big big performance upgrade with the next generation of nvidia cards every rumour was talking about. And the prices are beggining to get outrageous, imo. 1000 bucks for a graphic card! lol. Never in my life.

    • You might be surprised. Special editions will go for $500 and above, but there are some surprises down the pipe.

    • cosmicrays

      The gtx1080 is priced around $599 while the gtx1070 is priced at $375. I would give you the link to the article that I read but I’m on my phone.

      • Badelhas

        Thanks, I’ve already read several articles about it since the announcement was made by Nvidia yesterday. AMD has to get more competitive, Nvidia prices are getting outrageous

  • ahmedshafqat

    release date of gtx 1080 guys any body knows

    • Computex Taipei 2016. Same month availability.

    • Russian Spy

      Twas yesterday, supposedly you will be able to buy one next month on the 10th

      • Amin Nausin

        thats the 1070

        • Russian Spy

          Oh yeah, oops, 1080 around may 27th.

    • Amin Nausin

      may 27th m8

  • Charlie H

    So they will release GTX 1080 and 1070 first…Sad for me since I really want new 16GB Titan with full power of GP100…I think they will release new Titan next year…

    • Same story with AMD. There will be no high-end GPU announcements until CES 2017… and then something else, something more grandeur will be revealed: http://vrworld.com/2016/04/25/magic-leap-unveil-technology-ces-2017/

      • Natural Gamer

        FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK!

      • Charlie H

        Thanks for the info. I think both AMD and Nvidia are teasing us too much…

        • No teasing – switching from planar to FinFET transistors is a massive change, and there’s a reason why both vendors had to go conservative and not push with the yields for the 15 billion transistor parts. On the other hand, the $300, $400 graphics card market is going to get significant performance improvements and make VR accessible to more people. Plus, if you need more juice, just SLI/Crossfire. 🙂

    • just buy 3 titan x to hold you over till then.

      • Amin Nausin

        lool

  • You say “WCCFTech published a picture of MSI’s GeForce GTX 1080 from its Gaming series.” I don’t see that anywhere…