Alleged pictures of the NVIDIA GTX 1180/2080 PCB surface online
The next generation of NVIDIA cards are all set to be revealed during Gamescom 2018 and as we get closer to release, new information about the Volta GPUs tends to leak to the interwebs. We are now seeing pictures of what is most likely the PCB of the GTX 1180/2080. The PCB shown is very much barebones — there are no components installed on the board, let alone the GPU but a cursory look reveals some interesting facts.
First of all, there are official certifications and markings seen on the PCB indicating that this is not a prototype and it may very well be the final design. The GPU area appears rather small so this board could actually belong to a lower variant such as the GTX 1170/2070 or lower. There are 8 GDDR6 memory chip areas seen implying this card will have a 256-bit bus. On first look, it appears as though there is a 10-phase VRM onboard but YouTuber buildzoid aka Actually Hardware Overclocking (see video below) points out that it is actually an 8-phase VRM with the other two modules for vCore. There are two power connectors — 6 pin and 8 pin.
What's also intriguing in the layout is the connectors. Judging from the SLI fingers, it looks like NVIDIA will be switching over to NVLink for multi-GPU setups. There are about 4 display out connections visible but one of them looks to be an USB-C out. This could be for the new VirtualLink VR connector that is expected on next gen GPUs.
Also, no sync connectors are visible on the board so this might be a consumer offering and not a Quadro. It is still not known whether these cards will be called the GTX 11xx or GTX 20xx series but in any case, we are not too far away from finding out.