Its specs might have been leaked a few months ago, but we've been given the latest Nvidia GeForce 1080 Ti news thanks to – of all places – a LinkedIn job advert. The role of senior marketing manager – GeForce, Gamer Loyalty and Advocacy (that's a beefy title to have on your business card) was advertised via the professional networking site and it gives us a few clues.
While it doesn't give a lot away, it does confirms that Nvidia is planning for the 1080 Ti's launch. The biggest revelation is that the company is considering what it calls a 'Step Up' offer. This promotion would give Nvidia GTX 980 Ti the "first spot in line for 1080 Ti pre-orders". The posting repeatedly refers to ideas about rewarding customer loyalty.
The advert also hints at changes for users of the GeForce Experience (GFE) companion software. These plans would mean that regular GFE users could get the following each year:
- Free full copy of exclusive Indie game (1x/year)
- Free custom skin or in-game item for AAA game (1x/qtr)
- Early beta access for Talos and NVIDIA 1st party content
- Exclusive hardware discounts for gaming gear
On top of that the competitions that Nvidia currently run will continue, as will early access for AAA games. In an effort to build on Nvidia's existing community spirit, the most active GeForce Forum users will be sent free game codes, as will bug finders and commenters inspiring strong forum sentiment.
Apparently, Nvidia is even considering a premium GFE subscription, what has been dubbed 'Club GeForce Elite'. Membership will priced at around $10 per month (and no doubt it would also be £10 per month for us in the UK) and users will bag:
- Rotating bundle of free games from our GFE app store (4x games per quarter)
- Free GeForce PC in the cloud subscription
- Exclusive skins, in-game items, and GeForce Gear
Sadly though the trail goes cold after that and the inititives along with the launch of the GTX 1080 Ti, don't have any schedules or dates attached to them.
From previoulsy leaked specs, the card will be a significant step up from the GTX 1080 and will be closer to the Titan X in performance with the same GP102 GPU as the Titan X, 52 streaming multiprocessor units (down from the Titan X’s 56), along with 3,328 CUDA cores (only slightly shy off the Titan X’s 3,584).