Originally Posted by Somasonic
Does anyone think there will be a Ti this time around? What would they base it on and what would the likely specs be?
I'd love one of these Titans (it's the 1080 Ti I was waiting on/expecting) but at this point I can't afford it. Time to start saving I guess and see where the market goes because as I see it there's no realistic upgrade for my 980 Ti in sight.
There will definitely be a 1080ti, or whatever they call it, meaning a GTX branded card using GP102. Every time nvidia has launched a Titan, Kepler and Maxwell based versions, end users have made the same mistaken prediction that there will not be a cheaper GTX based card. That Titan will be some sort of exclusive, and every time they've been wrong. I've bought all the Titan cards and made the same mistaken thought. I'll be buying one of these new ones, but won't kid myself there won't be a cheaper and just as fast GP102 GTX card in AIB form before the holidays of this year.
This Titan isn't even the full GP102. Some of the shaders are disabled. We know nvidia has fully working dies, but right now they are reserving them for their Tesla card that they've already announced. Just like there are dies that came off the assembly line not completely functional that will have to go in the new Titan X, there are going to be dies that are not even functional enough for the Titan X, that will go in a GTX GP102 card. This is exactly what happened with Kepler Titan to 780. Then later fully functional 780ti and Titan Black. It's going to happen again. Nvidia has been competing against themselves for a while now and the market for a $1200 gaming card is extremely small, but the market for the GP102 1080ti for hundreds of dollars less will be much, much larger.
Buying one of these new Titans under the assumption this is the only entry to GP102 is setting yourself up for disappointment, history says this is not how Nvidia will be handling their product stack. By the holidays of this year a GP102 GTX card will be on the market. I doubt it will even be that long. I expect it will release in October, probably for $800 MSRP and once again be just as fast with overclocking as the Titan X because you can get it in AIB non reference form.