NVIDIA may launch desktop Pascal on May 6
Some interesting information has shown up during the weekend and in a few words it can be summed up into this – there’s a very serious chance that NVIDIA will launch its desktop Pascal GPU generation on May 6, which happens to be this Friday, instead of in June of this year.
The announcement, if scheduled for May 6, will coincide with another major debut – that of the Battlefield 5 first person shooter. According to the available information NVIDIA will debut its two flagship cards – the GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070. The names have not been confirmed just yet so the new cards may come with different product names. When launched they will retire the GeForce GTX 980 Ti, GTX 980 and GTX 970 video cards. This will be a paper launch, however, but NVIDIA will not miss the chance to run Battlefield 5 on several Pascal video cards when they get announced. In fact the announcement coincides on purpose with the launch of Battlefield 5. Mass availability of GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 cards is expected in June of this year.
The GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 should bring significant performance gains compared to Maxwell through chip enhancements, architectural tweaks, lower power consumption and improved clock speeds. Analysts are expecting around 33 per cent better performance across the board. The GTX 1080 is expected, for instance, to decisively defeat the current high-end GeForce GTX 980 Ti card.
The GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 are believed to feature 8 GB of GDDR5X and GDDR5 memory, respectively, and to cost around USD 599 and USD 449, when released. A third Pascal card – the GTX 1060 Ti is expected later this year with a price tag of around USD 329.