An unknown person has benchmarked an unknown graphics card using SiSoftware’s Sandra benchmark, according to online database of the program. Based on the specification of the hardware, the person benchmarked a graphics card powered by Nvidia Corp.’s code-named GM200 graphics processing unit. If the specs are correct, then expect graphics cards featuring the new flagship GPU to offer 50 per cent higher compute performance when compared to GeForce GTX Titan Black.
Based on an entry in the SiSoftware’s database, Nvidia’s GM200 graphics processing unit features 3072 stream processors, 24 streaming multiprocessors (SMM), 3MB L2 cache and 384-bit memory bus. If the architecture of SMMs and graphics processing clusters (GPCs) of the GM200 is similar to that of SMMs and GPCs of the GM204, then the chip sports 192 texture units and 96 raster operations pipelines. The graphics card based on the GM200 GPU features 1.1GHz/1.39GHz GPU frequencies as well as 6GHz memory clock-rate; the board is equipped with 12GB of GDDR5 memory.
If the information in SiSoftware’s database is accurate, then graphics cards based on the GM200 will offer a dramatic performance advantage over existing GeForce GTX Titan Black graphics adapters thanks to increased efficiency of the Maxwell architecture (by up to 35 per cent per stream processor on shader-limited workloads), increased number of SPs (by 6 per cent) and amplified frequency (by 23.7 per cent).
It is expected that the first graphics cards powered by the GM200 graphics processors will emerge in the first quarter of 2015. It is interesting to note that the new graphics boards will compete against AMD’s Radeon R9 390X graphics adapters that are also projected to arrive in the Q1 2015.
Nvidia did not comment on the news-story.
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KitGuru Says: If next-generation flagship graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia – the Radeon R9 390X and the GeForce GTX Titan 2015 – emerge around the same time in early 2015, this will be the first time in many years when comparable graphics solutions from the two companies hit the market at once and have to compete head-to-head. This should be quite interesting, as both companies will have to adjust price and performance in order to position their products in the best possible way.