One of the technology's worst-kept secrets is that NVIDIA is launching its next-generation Turing GPU series for gamers. The company will be talking about these GPUs at the hot-chip conference next month, and it's conceivable that Turing might be launched earlier. Until then, we'll have to go through the rumors and leaks, even the sketchy ones, such as a supposed screenshot of a Next-Gen GeForce GTX 1170, which dwarfs a current GeForce GTX 1080 Ti in 3DMark.  We recommend taking this with a huge pile of salt, and then some, because there are several signs that it is fake. We'll get right to it. Now let's talk about the expired benchmark. According to the screenshots, it is an EVGA GeForce GTX 1
170, which flopped into a test bed with an Intel Core i5-8600K processor
The card has 16 GB of GDDR6 memory on a 256-bit Memory interface, both of which appear reasonable. But it is also specified a clock frequency of 2.5 GHz.
For comparison: A Founders Edition GeForce GTX 1080 Ti has a 1.481 MHz basic clock and a 1.82 MHz boost clock. The more aggressively overclocked variants of NVIDIA's third party partners typically have faster clock speeds around 100MHz – still far below the assumed 2.5GHz that we see in this leak.
The screenshot shows the GeForce GTX 1170 in the graphics area of the 3DMark FireStrike benchmark with 29,752 points. That's about 5 percent faster than your typical GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, the NVIDIA's fastest consumer card outside the Titan series. It's about 65 percent faster than a GeForce GTX 1070.
There are some interesting things to digest with this leak. Suppose that it is absolutely legitimate (not likely). If the GeForce GTX 1170 is to replace the GeForce GTX 1070, Turing will bring a massive performance boost. However, we do not know how NVIDIA will label its next-gen cards. If you look at AMD, the second generation Ryzen 7 2700X is their top mainstream CPU, and performs better than a first generation Ryzen 7 1800X. AMD has no Ryzen 7 2800X SKU.
NVIDIA could do the same with Turing, with the GeForce GTX 1170 at least initially the top card. The leaked 3DMark benchmark seems to confirm this. But here is the thing – the benchmark is probably wrong.
First, let's look at an image of a screenshot, not an actual screenshot. That would be pretty easy to parody. So an actual screen would grab, but there are other warning signs. The clock of 2.5 GHz is much higher than what we would expect from Turing, which is probably Volta without the tensor cores. Finally, it is likely that 3DMark would label the GeForce GTX 1170 correctly instead of listing it as a "generic VGA" card, as we have seen more often in such pre-leak.
We Should Find It Soon – As NVIDIA will be debating its next-generation GPUs next month, an official start must be around the corner.