Nvidia’s current generation of graphics cards were launched a little over two years ago, and in the time since, they’ve managed to keep gamers pretty happy with their performance. The Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti remains the current king of the crop from the 10-series, capable of chewing through even the most demanding games without breaking a sweat. However, this hasn’t stopped gamers from looking forward to the next generation of gaming cards from Nvidia and while many expected the Nvidia GTX 1180 to be announced at Computex 2018, that was not the case. The rumour was that the card was going to be announced later in the year at Gamescom, and now, Nvidia has supposedly sent out invites for a PC-related event to be held on August 21.
The invites come following a comment by a Lenovo representative who candidly spoke about Nvidia’s 11-series card in a video during E3. The representative was referring to a Lenovo Gaming PC and was heard saying “but time to market with NVIDIA 11 Series up to 1180 down the road” indicating the inevitable arrival of the 1180 cards.
The expectation from Nvidia’s GTX 1180 is that it would be able to play games at 4K resolution at 144Hz refresh rates, along with support for HDR gaming. It is also rumoured that the card would support outputting up to 120Hz refresh rate for VR headsets. The card will allegedly have up to 16GB Of GDDR6 RAM, produced by Micron. Micron has already started mass-producing the GDDR6 chips and as per a leaked image of a GTX 1180 engineering sample, the new memory chips will be a part of the new graphics card. There card is also rumoured to feature 3584 CUDA cores and a clock speed between 1.6 and 1.8GHz.
Earlier this year, the cryptocurrency mining trend had picked up with ferocity, sending the prices of GPUs skyrocketing. Despite the high price, most high-end graphics cards had become unavailable as Nvidia had a hard time maintaining inventory. Now that the crypto-trend has more or less stabilised, here’s hoping that Nvidia will be able to not only maintain stock but also be able to sell the cards at a reasonable price.