At long last, NVIDIA today lifted the embargo on its GeForce GTX 1660 graphics card and the reviews have been pouring in (including our own). In short, it performs in the neighborhood of a GeForce GTX 1070 and costs $279. For those who might have been hoping for a bit more oomph, there might be a GeForce GTX 1180 on the horizon.
The rumor mill never rests, it seems. Now that the GeForce GTX 1660 is official, talk of unreleased products has shifted to the GeForce GTX 1180, if only temporarily. What started the chatter is a document outlining the specs of HP's Omen Obelisk 875 series desktop PC, which references the GeForce GTX 1180 with 8GB of "dedicated" memory.
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According to the person who posted the reveal on Reddit, it is from a set of employee training documents at Staples. At a glance, it appears as though HP and Staples essentially confirmed the unannounced card, but not so fast.
There are a couple of alternate possibilities. One is that it is a fake, which is a possibility that pretty much always applies to leaks and rumors. The second alternate explanation is that the listing is simply a typo. There is some debate among the comments about whether that's the case.
It's also possible that the model number was a placeholder from before NVIDIA finalized its GeForce GTX 1660 nomenclature. However, one thing that stands out is the amount of memory. The listing indicates 8GB, whereas the GeForce GTX 1660 has 6GB. It is entirely possible that the GeForce GTX 1180 is real and that it is based on the GeForce RTX 2080, minus the RT and Tensor cores.
On the flip side, the model number is out of whack with the direction NVIDIA went with the GeForce GTX 1660. It would make more sense to call this unreleased part a GeForce GTX 1880 instead of an 1180, but then again, confusion seems to be the name of the game these days.
Now that NVIDIA has launched a Turing card that lacks real-time ray tracing and Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) support, it is only a matter of time before additional models emerge. Whether this particular one is real or not, we'll likely find out soon.