We have been hearing a lot about Pascal lately. Just yesterday we reported that the first Pascal graphics cards will arrive at Computex. We originally thought we would be seeing two cards. One to replace the GTX 980 and a second to replace the GTX 970. Well there actually might be a third Pascal-based card launching in June that will replace the GTX 980 Ti and will be based off the same GP104 silicon as the other two new Pascal cards.
The Pascal GP104 will be the replacement for NVIDIA’s current Maxwell-based flagship GPUs. And it looks like the top-end GP104 SKU will effectively replace the flagship Maxwell SKU, which is the GeForce GTX 980 Ti. So again, that will make three new cards based on the GP104 silicon. Details on each are below.
So from the looks of it we will see GTX 980 Ti and GTX 980 replacements (GTX 1080 Ti / GTX 1080) be announced or possibly launch at Computex. Then later in the month NVIDIA will launch the lower SKU (GTX 1070) which will replace the GTX 970. It will be interesting to see how NVIDIA will cut down the GP104 to carve out these SKUs. When we have detailed information on this we will be sure to let you know.
While this is a rumor we do believe it is true as there have been reports that NVIDIA has discontinued the supply of Maxwell GM200 and GM204 chips. These of course power the GTX 980 Ti, GTX 980, and GTX 970. Typically we see a company discontinue a chip supply when they are going to introduce a new chip.
For more information on the GP104, check out the leak from yesterday.