Lenovo Legion Listing Confirms GeForce GTX 1160

Given the mixed (at best) reception of real-time ray tracing on GeForce Turing-powered graphics cards, Nvidia may be modifying its marketing plan to release  GTX 11-series graphics cards without the 20-series' RT cores. While this was a mere rumor a week ago, Lenovo's listing today seems to confirm the GTX 11-series' existence.

Like its RTX 20-series siblings, the future GTX 11-series will employ Nvidia's latest Turing graphics card architecture. However, they will not share the same silicon. The GeForce RTX 2060 will purportedly utilize the TU106 die, while the GeForce GTX 1160 will employ the TU116 die instead. Both chips are manufactured by TSMC under its 12nm FinFET node, of course.


GeForce RTX 2060
GeForce GTX 1160
Architecture (GPU)
Turing (TU106)*Turing (TU116)*
CUDA Cores
1920*?
Tensor Cores240*N/A
RT Cores30*N/A
Texture Units
120*
?
Base Clock Rate
1365 MHz*?
GPU Boost Rate
1680 MHz*?
Memory Capacity
6GB GDDR6*3GB or 6GB*
Memory Clock14 Gbps*
?
Memory Bus
192-bit*?
Memory Bandwidth
336 GB/s*
?
ROPs
48*?
L2 Cache
?
?
TDP
160W*
?
Transistor Count
10.8 billion*
?
Die Size
445 mm²*
?

*=unconfirmed

At this moment in time, there is no concrete evidence on the level of differences between the two graphics cards. Early speculation is that the GeForce GTX 11-series will lack the Tensor and RT cores. The GeForce RTX 2060 should feature up to 1920 CUDA cores and 6GB of GDDR6 memory clocked at 14 Gbps. It could sport 240 Tensor cores for AI and 30 RT cores for ray tracing. It also reportedly comes with a 1,365MHz base clock and 1,680MHz boost clock.

Thanks to Lenovo's recent leak, we can be fairly certain that the GeForce GTX 1160 will be offered in 3GB and 6GB memory configurations. This shouldn't really come as a surprise as Nvidia released the previous GeForce GTX 1060 with 3GB and 6GB as well, and then later launched a region-specific variant with 5GB.

The GeForce RTX 2060 is expected to be in stores on January 15, 2019.

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  • nadhir.brighet
    It'd great if nVidia launches the same Turing GPUs without the tensor cores for cheaper, so we get a GTX1180 the same performance as the 2080 just without RT capabilities.
  • kinggremlin
    2786355 said:
    It'd great if nVidia launches the same Turing GPUs without the tensor cores for cheaper, so we get a GTX1180 the same performance as the 2080 just without RT capabilities.


    Don't hold your breath on that one. Nvidia has obvious aspirations to maximize RTX market penetration. Releasing highend GTX cards would completely kill that goal. For this generation RTX will be the enthusiast stack, while GTX will be the mainstream, with the xx60 being the crossover. With future generations, RTX is going to drift down the stack until there is no more GTX.
  • s1mon7
    Both of the above comments are true.

    If Nvidia released a 1170/1180 Turing without RT cores on 7nm (which they could totally do early 2019), they'd have winners and highly successful successors to the Pascal cards that people would actually love and buy in large amounts. They would be the perfect GPUs we all wanted.

    It would kill RT though, which Nvidia went all-in on, and might be willing to take all the hate and criticism for. Basically a failed generation in the name of pushing the tech forward. It's not like there's competition now, so they feel like the time is right.
    If they release 1170/1180 as mentioned above, they wouldn't be moving forward in what they believe will give them their killer feature once the competition hits them again. That's especially relevant if Intel comes out with competitive cards that might even do Freesync.

    If Intel manages to match Nvidia's performance while offering the promised superior CPU+GPU driver integration and Freesync, Nvidia would have nothing and their price gouging for proprietary tech would be over. Now they're working towards the goal of making people invest into their RT ecosystem so they have some selling points going on for them once the competition is back. They will probably want to be known as the Real-time Ray Tracing card maker, as opposed to "regular" GPUs that don't service the feature that by then they'd want to be the high-end standard in newest games.