It's almost Time. That's what Nvidia is telling us in preparation for its keynote at GDC 2017, and it doesn't take a genius to work out that it's going to take the opportunity to introduce a new, top-of-the-line consumer graphics card to replace the powerful GTX 1080 — unsurprisingly called the GTX 1080 Ti.
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The card's existence is basically a sure thing. In fact, Videocardz spotted the fact that the teaser video on the front page of Geforce.com had the file name GTX1080Ti_Countdown__Hero_1920x1080_h264_2mbps.mp4, which is... kinda giving the game away without even trying, if you ask us.
From everything we've heard, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti will use the same top-spec, full-power GP102 professing core as the Titan X Pascal, but come in at a significantly lower price point — although it'll still be a premium product for gamers with a lot of cash to splash.
Expect a card with Nvidia's latest 16nm FinFET microarchitecture, up to 12GB (but maybe only 8GB or 10GB) of superfast GDDR5X RAM, and base and boost clocks very similar to the current Titan X. It'll be a single-card solution for playing modern games at 4K resolution and at a stable 60fps — this is what Nvidia talked about with Titan X, so we'd be hoping for the same from the nearly-identical-on-paper 1080 Ti.
If you're still willing to suspend your disbelief and to wait for Nvidia's keynote, it'll kick off at 2PM AEDT on Tuesday February 28 in Australia.