GTX 1180? Nvidia promises 'spectacular surprises' at Gamescom 2018

Nvidia's long-awaited GeForce GTX 1180 graphics card might be less than a month away.

Sean Hollister Senior Editor / Reviews
When his parents denied him a Super NES, he got mad. When they traded a prize Sega Genesis for a 2400 baud modem, he got even. Years of Internet shareware, eBay'd possessions and video game testing jobs after that, he joined Engadget. He helped found The Verge, and later served as Gizmodo's reviews editor. When he's not madly testing laptops, apps, virtual reality experiences, and whatever new gadget will supposedly change the world, he likes to kick back with some games, a good Nerf blaster, and a bottle of Tejava.
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The GTX 1080 Ti, now well over a year old.


In June, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said his latest PC graphics cards were a long ways away -- but it seems all but certain we'll see them next month at Gamescom 2018 in Germany. You know, now that Nvidia has officially confirmed it will throw a "GeForce Gaming Celebration" there on Monday, Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. PT.

It's an event where Nvidia is promising "spectacular surprises." 

CNET will be there in person, and you'll also be able to livestream the announcements as they occur.

It's exciting, because it's already been an unusually long time since Nvidia released a new line of graphics cards -- the GeForce 10-series came out in 2016 -- and because Nvidia's last couple batches of graphics cards have been relatively significant leaps forward for gaming, VR, and GPU compute jobs like mining cryptocurrency. 

In fact, a lot of gamers were (at least temporarily) shut out of the 10-series graphics cards because of the cryptocurrency surge, which saw miners snapping up the GPUs at exhorbitant prices and both Nvidia and AMD selling out. 

Most of that has cooled off and prices have come down, but a lot of gamers (including me!) are eagerly saving our money for the next generation.