February 28th. Make a note of that date, put a reminder on your phone, or just open your web browser. Either way, the 28th is shaping up to be a great day for PC gamers and hardware enthusiasts with both AMD and Nvidia set to release the next iteration of their respective GPU powerhouses. The GDC “Game Development Conference” is set to take place from February 27th till March 3rd, with AMD stating that this will be where they are detailing their new Vega graphics cards. In a bit to steal some of their thunder, Nvidia has released a countdown time on their website which happens to end on the same day as the Vega GDC announcement, with Nvidia sneakily bolding out the “TI” in the word time, which points out to one thing – the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.
While not much is known about the Vega in terms of technical specifications, the GTX 1080 Ti is going to be built on the GP102 GPU, with rumours circulating that the Ti could be featuring 10GB of GDDR5X memory. With the Ryzen and Vega announcements drumming up a lot positive figures in both performance and pricing, this could be where we start to see a significant shift from the usual Intel/Nvidia combination that so many have stuck to over the years. For those interested, AMD will be live streaming their GDC event on their Radeon homepage, which can be viewed here.