980 Ti performance at 970 prices?
An official announcement for Nvidia’s next-gen GeForce lineup is set to drop very soon. This leak indicates that Nvidia’s Editor’s Event will take place on May 6th, at which time the at least two GeForce cards—presumably the GTX 1080 and 1070—will be announced. Following this, the new Pascal Cards will have a hard launch at Computex 2016, and will be available on the market by June.
Earlier last month, Nvidia outed the Tesla P100 their first Pascal GPU on the new Pascal architecture. While the P100 was nothing short of awe-inspiring, Nvidia has yet to announce Pascal SKUs for its consumer GeForce series. With the transition to the 16nm process node, the performance implications for any consumer Pascal card are tremendous: Radically reduced power consumption is a given—earlier this year, AMD demoed one of their 14nm Polaris GPUs, showcasing how the next-gen part offered performance on par with a GTX 950, while consuming only a bit more than half the power. The flip side of the power consumption equation is that Pascal cards will likely offer a lot of headroom for overclocking.
The GTX 970 was a unique value proposition: the Maxwell architecture offered enough thermal headroom to allow most 970s to overclock to 1400 MHz and beyond, touching stock GTX 980 performance levels. If the 970’s Pascal successor should have ample overclocking headroom and may for the first time, offer playable 4K experiences at a mainstream pricepoint. We’ll let you know as soon as we get further information on the Pascal launch. Stay tuned!