Nvidia GeForce GTX 1180 release date, news and rumors

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1180

We haven’t seen new cards from Nvidia in a while. However, over the last year or so, we’ve been on the edge of our seats trying to figure out what Nvidia is going to do with its next-gen graphics architecture. The speculation is all over the place – there are three different code names – Volta (an architecture some high-end GPUs are already using), Ampere and Turing, the latter of which is our pick for what’ll be behind the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1180.

Thankfully, that wait is nearly over.

And,even though the rumors can’t even agree on the name of the card, with some calling it the RTX 2080, word on the street is that the GTX 1180 will show up in the next couple of months. This is based on the fact that Nvidia is hosting a GeForce Gaming Celebration at Gamescom, so maybe that’s where we’ll see the GTX 1180.

No matter what happens, keep this page bookmarked, as we’ll update it with any further information that surfaces.

Cut to the Chase

  • What is it? Nvidia’s next-generation flagship graphics card
  • When is it out? Possibly July 2018
  • How much will it cost? About the same, if not more than the GTX 1080

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1180 release date

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1180 release date

We’ve seen whispers from people who are apparently connected to card manufacturers that the GTX 1180, and three other cards in the Turing family will be coming out in September.

This is on top of a ton of speculation that suggested that the GTX 1180 would be coming out in September, but now we might be getting the follow-up to the GTX 1070 and 1060, too. We’re not sure how accurate these rumors are, but the sheer saturation of speculation seems to suggest the announcement might actually happen at Gamescom. Like, for real this time.

However, not all the speculation agrees on a september release date. We’ve seen some admittedly shaky speculation pointing to the GTX 1180 launching as early as next month, at a high price point. 

Either way, we’re pretty sure the GTX 1180 is coming out this fall, and we’ll update this article as soon as we hear more.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1180 price

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1180 price

This is where things might get a little tricky, and it’s also where we’ve seen little speculation. With the current segment of 10-series GPUs, Nvidia changed the way they charged for its reference cards by renaming them “Founders Edition”, putting an advanced blower-style cooler and vapor chamber cooling system in them and charging $100 more for it. 

And, according to recent speculation, it looks like Team Green is going to repeat this approach. Recent leaks from board manufacturers suggests that Nvidia will launch its 180W card at $699, its 150W card at $599 and a 120W card at $499. This would put the supposed GTX 1180 at a $699 price tag.

For reference, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and Nvdia GTX 1080 came with a starting prices at $699 (£679, AU$1099) and $599 (£600, AU$925), respectively.

However, we’re sure we’ll find out exactly what Nvidia will be charging for its new GPU in the very near future either way.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1180 specs

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1180 specs

This is the exciting part of the article. In May, the reported specs of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1180 were spotted in the TechPowerUp GPU database, and it is looking juicy.

This next-generation card, if this ‘spec speculation’ is to be believed, is more powerful than even the Nvidia Titan Xp, the most powerful consumer graphics card Nvidia has ever made. 

The Founders Edition of the GTX 1180 might pack a two-fan cooler design, allowing for breakthrough performance. And, while we still don’t know any specific numbers, everything is starting to add up.

Based on the information we have gathered, we think the GTX 1180, whenever it shows up, will be running GDDR6 memory, and that’s backed up by a PCB using GDDR6 spotted by a reddit commenter. Now, we’re not sure if this points to the Turing-backed GTX 1180 or to a Tesla card, but it does suggest that the memory on the next generation of GPUs will be much more powerful.

Running at 200 watts and manufactured with a new 12nm process, the GTX 1180 will pack 3,584 CUDA cores, 224 TMUs (texture mapping units), 16GB of GDDR6 VRAM and a rated Floating Point 32 (FP32) performance of a whopping 13 Teraflops. 

Compared to 2016’s GTX 1080, with its 2,560 CUDA cores, 160 TMUs, 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM and 8.7 teraflops of FP32 performance, you’re looking at massive performance gains.

And, it doesn’t even end with the reported specs for the GTX 1180 either, as we’ve also seen rumored specs for the lower-end GTX 1170 pop up on Wccftech. The lower tier card will reportedly run with 2,688 CUDA cores, 168 TMUs, 8-16GB of GDDR6 VRAM and 9.75 Teraflops of FP32 performance. 

This means, even if you can’t afford the GTX 1180, you can still beat out the last-generation flagship at a bargain price.