At GDC NVIDIA has announced that they are changing the way their AIB partners are able to outfit their GTX 1080 and GTX 1060 6GB models when it comes to video memory. Partners will now be able to purchase 11 Gbps GDDR5X (up from 10 Gbps) and 9Gbps (up from 8 Gbps) GDDR5 memory from them, to pair with the GTX 1080 and GTX 1060 6 GB, respectively.
These are to be sold as overclocked cards, not a never version of the cards. With this NVIDIA is giving partners more flexibility in choosing memory speeds and carving different models out of the same graphics card. This is a good thing as most 10 Gbps-equipped GTX 1080’s had very little memory overclocking headroom.