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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 11xx/20xx latest rumor roundup

The NVIDIA GTX 2080 Founders Edition might sport a dual-fan cooler. (Source: Videocardz)
The NVIDIA GTX 2080 Founders Edition might sport a dual-fan cooler. (Source: Videocardz)
As we inch closer to the launch of NVIDIA's next generation GPUs, fresh rumors and leaks have started cropping up on the web. New info points to a possibility of a dual-fan Founders Edition and ray tracing capabilities in the top-tier SKIs. The company has also registered the Turing, Quadro RTX, and GeForce RTX trademarks. Here's a roundup of such rumors and more.

We're just over a week away from NVIDIA formally announcing its next generation GPUs. The NVIDIA Turing-based GPUs have been the subject of much speculation lately. Although NVIDIA and its AIB partners are understandably tight-lipped about the release, a few hints have made their way to the web. Let's take a look at some of rumors and leaks that we've come across recently. 

Colorful reveals next-gen cooling solution

This somehow skipped under the radar but NVIDIA AIB Colorful showed off a next generation cooling solution while showcasing its 'iGame NEXT GENERATION' cards at Computex 2018. The cards themselves were current generation Pascal cards but the cooling systems will be used in the next generation cards as well. What's interesting is that the card in the lower-right image sports an AIO cooler. Word on the street is that this could be GTX 2080 iGame Poseidon.

Colorful's iGame NEXT GENERATION cards on display. (Source: Videocardz)
Colorful's iGame NEXT GENERATION cards on display. (Source: Videocardz)

GTX 2080 Founders Edition could sport a dual-fan setup

This one comes from Benchlife, which should lend some credence. According to the source, the design of the Founders Edition cooling has been changed to a dual-fan setup. It is not known to what model exactly this refers to but given that NVIDIA would be competing with their AIBs who design custom cooling solutions, this information is better taken with a pinch of salt. That said, it is possible that the higher end Founders Edition variants that support ray tracing might actually benefit from a dual-fan open-air cooling design. More on that below.

NVIDIA Founders Edition GPUs might sport dual-fan coolers. (Source: Benchlife / Videocardz)
NVIDIA Founders Edition GPUs might sport dual-fan coolers. (Source: Benchlife / Videocardz)

GALAX rep claims 'breakthrough' performance and support for ray tracing

At GDC 2018, NVIDIA first showed off its RTX ray tracing tech that works with its Volta architecture. Thus, it was expected that consumer Volta offerings such as Turing would feature some sort of ray tracing support. Looks like that might just be the case. AdoredTV recently cited unfamiliar sources who claimed that the top-tier cards would be labeled RTX instead of GTX to signify their ray tracing capabilities. The RTX 2080 and RTX 2070 are also expected to offer significant performance bumps over their last gen Pascal counterparts. 

Now, a representative from NVIDIA's AIB partner GALAX has reportedly spilled more beans during the recently held ChinaJoy expo. The GALAX rep said that GALAX Hall of Game and GALAX GAMER series cards sporting the GeForce 20xx series will be available from September. The rep also claimed 'breakthrough' performance and support for ray tracing. This might mean that AdoredTV's sources were right to a large extent. Here's what the rep stated (translated from Chinese),

The release time of the next-generation NVIDIA graphics card will not be far away. Players will be able to see the information about the new graphics card in September. The performance will certainly have a breakthrough growth, and will support the most advanced NVIDIA ray tracing technology. Game player is a good news!Of course, GALAXY’s non-public version of the design is also in the process of planning, the next generation of new graphics will still follow the Hall of Fame, GAMER, the many advantages of the series, and innovate in the shape and heat, giving players a better game Experience and visual enjoyment, in order to enrich the needs of players, we plan to create a new series in the graphics card, specifically what shape and positioning, first give everyone a suspense, but I can guarantee that will not disappoint everyone!"

Of note here is the phrase, "innovate in the shape and heat" implying new designs in coolers and possibly a liquid AIO cooler in the top-tier cards.

NVIDIA registers Turing, Quadro RTX and GeForce RTX trademarks

In a new development, NVIDIA has registered three new trademarks with the US Patent and Trademark Office. This is probably the first official indication that we might see 'Turing', 'Quadro RTX', and 'GeForce RTX' names very soon. The official RTX trademark lends further credence to the speculation about possible ray tracing capabilities in the top-tier RTX 2080 and RTX 2070 models.

NVIDIA's CEO Jensen Huang is expected to talk about Turing during SIGGRAPH 2018 and the cards are expected to be officially unveiled on August 20. We'll be posting all Turing developments as they unfold so stay tuned.


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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2018-08-12 (Update: 2018-08-13)