Leaked Email Suggests Nvidia's 11-Series Arrives Late August

Nvidia could be lining up back-to-back monthly launches for the upcoming 11-series GeForce cards, according to an alleged leaked email. Gamer Meld on YouTube shared an email from an add-in board (AIB) partner that indicates that GTX 1180 cards will be available in late August, with subsequent launches of the GTX 1170 in September and the GTX 1160 in October.

Gamer Meld did not reveal its source, but the YouTube channel said that it received a redacted copy of an email from an undisclosed AIB that was allegedly sent to retailers that would be selling the upcoming cards. We have no way of verifying the veracity of the email, but if it’s real, it includes previously unknown information about Nvidia’s 11-series launch plans.

The cadence of the email suggests that retailers were probably expecting an earlier launch date. The message explains that Nvidia delayed the launch of the 11-series cards because the company’s partners and their manufacturers “had an abundance of unfinished or unsold 10xx GPUs” in inventory. The AIB that sent the message stated that it had already shifted its manufacturing efforts to 11-series cards before Nvidia pushed the launch back; however, the company switched back to 10-series production to clear out its remaining inventory, per Nvidia’s suggestion.

More Inventory, Lower Prices

The final batch of 10-series cards should be hitting store shelves soon, and there should be some good deals to be had. The reported email indicated that the AIB would lower the costof the final batchof 10-series cards to help rapidly move units to make way for the next-generation 11-series cards.

No July Reveal?

Rumors about Nvidia’s next-generations graphics cards have been circulating for several months now. In May, we reported that Nvidia would be attending Hot Chips in August, and Stuart Oberman, the company’s Vice President of ASIC engineering, would discuss the company’s next “mainstream GPU.” Hot Chips isn’t a great setting to launch a consumer product, so we took that as a hint that the 11-series GPUs would already be on the market before the August 20 event. Two weeks later, SemiAccurate reported that Nvidia’s presentation was no longer on the Hot Chips schedule, which was an early sign of the 11-series delay. However, our sources led us to believe that Nvidia would take the lid off the GeForce GTX 1180 at the end of July.

The email that Gamer Meld got hold of indicates that the launch is now scheduled for the end of August. However, it could also reinforce the rumor of the July 30 reveal. In mid-June, industry sources suggested that Nvidia’s partners would have cards on the market in September. A one-month lead for a Founder’s Edition card from Nvidia is within the realm of possibility.

Trickle-Down Releases

According to the leaked email, the third-party GeForce GTX 1180 cards should hit the market on August 30, followed by the GTX 1170 in September. Nvidia usually releases the xx80 and xx70 cards within a few weeks of each other, but we normally must wait several months for the new technology to trickle down to budget-friendly price points. If the leaked email is true, the more affordable GTX 1160 should be available by the end of October.

GTX 1180+?

The leaked email also alludes to a fourth graphics card, the GTX 1180+, which would launch alongside the GTX 1170 in September. We don’t know what the plus symbol denotes, but we suspect it indicates memory capacity. In April, Wccftech reported that the upcoming GTX 1180 would be available in 8GB and 16GB variants.

A Grain of Salt

The above information should be taken with a grain of salt. Gamer Meld didn’t give any clue as to which OEM the information came from, so we can’t begin to verify the details within.

 Kevin Carbotte is a contributing writer for Tom's Hardware who primarily covers VR and AR hardware. He has been writing for us for more than four years. 

  • profoundnoah
    Looks interesting, but I'm going to take it Cum Grano Salis. Gamer Meld has said so many things now that have been disproven. Would be nice to see by the end of August though.
  • Rexer
    Good deals on 10. Nvidia? Heh. Since when has there been a good deal since 970?
  • rantoc
    The "+" version is likely custom design with OC
  • Lucky_SLS
    The 11 series will be the most hyped launch series till date.

    With those rumors of 1180 being faster than 1080ti and that it can give a 4k 144hz experience are spiking our expectations.

    Isn't 4k 144hz the end game display for gamers? If the 1180 is rumored to accomplish that(at a rumored 800 bucks), how powerful will the 1180ti be? Will there also be a titan card for the new architecture?

    This is going to be an interesting lineup of cards.
  • mwryder55
    Rexer: I consider $220 for a 1060 6GB to be a much better launch price than the $330 for the 970 at launch, especially since the 1060 is as good or better than the 970.
  • bmockeg
    If so it will be a paper launch.
  • TJ Hooker
    21169179 said:
    With those rumors of 1180 being faster than 1080ti and that it can give a 4k 144hz experience are spiking our expectations.
    I doubt it. The only place I've seen it said that the 1180 might be capable of 4k 144 Hz is a terrible Tweaktown article where they literally made that performance number up.

    I haven't read anything that makes me think the 11 series will be an especially big performance jump.
  • Zaporro
    This is so pathetic when "reputable" websites are basing their articles either directly on indirectly on fake mail screenshots forged by know youtube shitposter full of clickbaiting content and fake "rumors" just to milk views and cash from ads.
    Frikking really pathetic.
  • hannibal
    Yep, most predictions says that 1180 is slower than 1080ti... the point is that eventually it will end up being cheaper than 1180ti because it has smaller gpu core and so cheaper to produce. Hopefullu 1180 is faster in dx12 but that remains to be seing...
  • cryoburner
    21169179 said:
    With those rumors of 1180 being faster than 1080ti and that it can give a 4k 144hz experience are spiking our expectations.
    Considering that the 1080 Ti can't even maintain 60fps at 4K with max settings in many newer games, it seems pretty unlikely that the 1180 would be over twice as fast. I suspect that it will most likely be a bit faster, and will probably be good for 4K gaming at 60fps in most current titles, but I wouldn't expect much more than that. Probably no more than around Titan V performance, which is only roughly 20% faster than a 1080 Ti.