Nvidia Corp. has reportedly slightly changed launch schedule of its GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics card powered by the GM200 graphics processor. The latest market rumours suggest that the new adapter will hit the market in September and will be a part of the company’s product refresh this Fall.
Previously it was reported that Nvidia intends to release its GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics card this summer, possibly to compete against AMD’s Radeon R9 390-series add-in-boards. While in the past Nvidia did release new graphics cards in summer, the move is generally unusual: end-users tend to buy new graphics adapters in Fall, whereas OEMs acquire new hardware even when it is not released officially. The plan to launch something new in September looks more logical.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti is expected to be powered by the fully-fledged GM200 graphics processing unit with 3072 stream processors, 192 texture mapping units, 96 raster operations pipelines as well as 384-bit memory interface. The main difference between the GeForce GTX 980 Ti and the GeForce GTX Titan X is expected to be the size of frame-buffer: 6GB of GDDR5 on the GTX 980 Ti vs. 12GB on the GTX Titan X.
As the GM200 graphics processing unit is extremely complex and record large, it is inevitable that there are GPUs with damaged compute or fixed-function units. Therefore, Nvidia needs to create a graphics adapter that will use GPUs with disabled parts and will be positioned below the GeForce GTX Titan X, but above the GTX 980. Keeping that in mind, it is highly likely that Nvidia will release not one GeForce GTX 900-series graphics card featuring the GM200 chip, but two of them: one with fully-fledged GPU and another with a cut-down version.
Nvidia did not comment on the news-story.
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KitGuru Says: It makes a great sense for Nvidia to release a GM200-based GeForce GTX 900-series graphics card as a part of its autumn product refresh. Still, specs and the name GTX 980 Ti do not look trustworthy at the moment.