NVIDIA GeForce GTX 11 Series Branding Confirmed By Lenovo Rep, Gamescom Launch Rumored

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Gamers have been anxiously awaiting a replacement for the long-running GeForce GTX 10 (Pascal) Series of graphics cards, which have been around for two years now. We've been hearing a number of rumors surrounding the upcoming replacement, and there have been conflicting reports on whether the Turing-based cards will feature GTX 11 or GTX 20 branding. Now, thanks to a slipup by a Lenovo rep, we finally know the real answer.

In an on-camera interview with gaming publication Brainbean, a Lenovo representative was talking about the company's Legion 730 Series line of desktop gaming PCs and casually mentioned, "Along with up to a GTX 1060, at this time. But time to market with NVIDIA 11 Series up to an 1180 down the road." Later, when referencing the Legion 530 Cube Series, it's revealed that the systems are available with "1060 at this time, of course, with the NVIDIA 11 Series time to market later this Fall would get those GPUs as well.”

While the naming convention may be confirmed, there was no discussion of specifications (for obvious reasons). We're actually surprised that the Lenovo rep would even talk about an unreleased product, but we're not going to complain.

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Alleged GeForce GTX 11 Series (Turing) prototype

Micron recently confirmed that it had begun production of it GDDR6 memory chips which will no doubt land in NVIDIA GeForce GTX 11 Series of graphics cards. "Micron is a pioneer in developing advanced high bandwidth memory solutions and continues that leadership with GDDR6. Micron demonstrated this leadership by recently achieving throughput up to 20GB/s on our GDDR6 solutions," the company said earlier this week. 

The GeForce GTX 1180 will be the range-topping offering initially and is expected to include 3,584 CUDA cores with a base GPU clock of 1.6GHz and a boost frequency of 1.8GHz. Reports indicate that up to 16GB of GDDR6 memory can be included onboard the card and it is expected to dial in at around 13 TFLOPs of FP32 compute performance.

NVIDIA has already confirmed that it will talk about its next generation graphics cards at the upcoming Hot Chips symposium that kicks off on August 20th. There are also reports that NVIDIA is already beginning to send out invites for Gamescom (which starts August 21st), where it will likely unveil the new GeForce GTX 11 Series to the tech press.