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Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 to use GM206 graphics processing unit

Nvidia Corp.’s next-generation graphics card for performance-mainstream market segment may not feature GM204 graphics chip, but will be powered by the code-named GM206 processing unit, according to a media report.

Previously it was expected that Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 960 graphics card will be based on the code-named GM204 graphics processing unit that is used for the company’s GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 graphics cards. However, the company will use its all-new GM206 graphics processor on GeForce GTX 960 graphics adapter, reports SweClockers.

It is noteworthy that GeForce GTX 965M will be based on the GM204 chip with 1024 or 1152 stream processors. If performance of the GeForce GTX 960 and the GeForce GTX 965M is similar, then the amount of stream processors inside both graphics solutions should be similar.


Nvidia reportedly plans to introduce its GM206 graphics processor and the GeForce GTX 960 graphics card at the Consumer Electronics Show in early January, but actual sales will start only later next month.

Exact configuration of the GM206 is unknown, but its price is expected to be around $200. Given that Nvidia’s GM204 graphics processor has 400mm² die size, it is logical for the company to introduce a smaller chip for $200 graphics cards.

Nvidia did not comment on the news-story.

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KitGuru Says: Given the fact that Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 graphics card sports GK104 graphics chip with 1152 stream processor, the GeForce GTX 960 should sport higher amount of stream processors to deliver higher performance.

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