Nvidia Corp. has finished development of the rumoured GeForce GTX 980 Ti reference design, media reports claim. Moreover, the company may advance its launch in a bid to steal media attention from AMD’s forthcoming Radeon R9 390-series graphics adapters.
General specifications of Nvidia’s upcoming graphics card currently known as the GeForce GTX 980 Ti have been finalized, according to reports from SweClockers and Chiphell. The graphics board will get the fully-fledged GM200 graphics processing unit with 3072 stream processors, but “only” 6GB of GDDR5 memory. By contrast, Nvidia’s current flagship graphics card – GeForce GTX Titan X – carries 12GB of memory.
Since the GM200-based GeForce GTX 980 Ti will likely get printed-circuit board that is very similar to that of the GeForce GTX Titan X, development of the PCB hardly took a lot of time from Nvidia’s engineers.
Nvidia’s partners among graphics cards makers will be able to design their own PCBs for the GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics card, one media report claims. Therefore, it is logical to expect companies like Asustek Computer, EVGA and other to design advanced GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics adapters with sophisticated 14-phase voltage regulating modules, enhanced PLL circuitry, improved GPU power plane and other innovations. Such graphics cards will likely be factory overclocked to provide incredible performance.
Earlier it was reported that Nvidia intended to release its second GM200-based graphics adapters in summer or fall, but the fresh rumours indicate that the company may release its new graphics board around the time when competing AMD Radeon R9 390-series solutions (allegedly based on the code-named “Fiji” silicon) hit the market in June. In the past Nvidia used to release new products right after its arch-rival launched its latest offerings. For example, the company launched its GeForce 8800 Ultra graphics card two days after AMD released the ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT.
The price of the graphics adapter currently known as the GeForce GTX 980 Ti will be around $699 – $799. Performance of the graphics solution will be comparable to that of the GeForce GTX Titan X and at present it is unclear how exactly Nvidia will position two similar graphics solutions on the market.
Nvidia did not comment on the news-story.
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KitGuru Says: Keeping in mind that the information about the GeForce GTX 980 Ti is unofficial and mostly comes from one or two sources, take it with a huge grain of salt. In fact, unless Nvidia deliberately wants to steal media attention from the Radeon R9 390-series graphics adapters, it does not need to release another GM200-powered graphics solution any time soon. Even the name of the adapter is in question since it leaves Nvidia no options regarding the name for a graphics board powered by a cut-down GM200.