Nvidia GeForce GTX 1170/1180 could arrive in July with 8/16 GB GDDR6 VRAM
Previously rumored to be launched in April or May this year, the next generation of gaming GPUs from Nvidia is now most likely to be announced in July, based on what memory supplier SK Hynix recently revealed regarding its GDDR6 production schedule. Analysts concluded that the next gen GPUs from Nvidia cannot possibly be released this spring because of the shortages and inflated prices, so a midsummer announcement is more in line with this prediction. GTC 2018 wrapped things up yesterday, but there was no announcement, not even a hint or teaser for the upcoming GeForce cards, which are rumored to get the GTX 11xx nomenclature.
SK Hynix claims that the first batch of GDDR6 VRAM is scheduled to enter production in around 3 months, and there is a good chance the GTX 11xx GPUs will also be launched around that period. The high-end next-gen GTX cards were rumored to integrate GDDR6 memory chips as early as Q4 2017, but Hynix revealed that most of the GTX 11xx cards will come with the fast GDDR6 chips, which means that even the entry-level and mid-range cards will benefit from the speed boost apparently. Moreover, the GTX 1180 is expected to integrate no less than 16 GB of VRAM, while the GTX 1170 will probably come with only 8 GB, and the entry-level cards could be getting 4 GB.
It is still unclear which of the two Volta-based families will be integrated in the GTX 11xx series. Apparently the Ampere chips are meant for the gaming sector, while the Turing GPUs could end up in cards designed for AI/compute workloads and maybe even in custom cryptomining cards.