Sometimes a rumour sounds so ridiculous that it can’t possibly be true, and this is one of those times. According to leaked information from a GPU vendor who talked to Eteknix, the upcoming GeForce GTX 1070 Ti will not only be the nail in the coffin for GTX 1070 sales, but it could also be the first graphics card from NVIDIA that does not allow overclocking.
According to an insider who spoke to Eteknix, the GTX 1070 Ti will be priced somewhere around $420, putting it a little above the GTX 1070 ($400) in terms of pricing. The pricing isn’t the problem, however. The insider also told Eteknix that NVIDIA’s plans for the card were that their board partners wouldn’t be able to sell GPUs with different overclocks out of the box. Everyone would instead be competing on price and aesthetics, and maybe who can come up with the craziest RGB lighting schemes.
If there’s anything that might stifle innovation in the GPU industry, this would be it. NVIDIA blocking their partners from making hardware changes wouldn’t be a new practice – it’s something that AMD does for their GPU lineup out of necessity – but NVIDIA going the same route would be a different situation because of their mass market share.
If the rumours are true that user overclocks are also blocked, that muddies things even further. You’d be getting a much faster card for $20 more, but you wouldn’t be able to overclock it to outperform a stock GTX 1080.
Chinese site Expreview has similar information from their sources, but they claim that manual overclocking will remain, with factory overclocks for NVIDIA’s partners set to a locked base and boost clock to even the playing field. According to past leaks, the GTX 1070 Ti is rumoured to have 2,432 CUDA cores, 152 texture units, 8GB GDDR5 RAM, and 64 ROPs.
If what I’ve heard about the card is true, this is basically a GTX 1080 die that has been slightly scaled back because NVIDIA is seeing too many successful yields of the full design. The card is coming sometime this month, so we don’t have long to wait.