An online store from the U.S. has started to take pre-orders on Nvidia Corp.’s upcoming GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics adapters, which are expected to be introduced next week. If Nvidia does not change the price of the upcoming graphics card at the last minute, then the GeForce GTX 980 Ti boards will cost around $800 per unit.
Bottom Line Telecommunications, a U.S.-based online store that is known for listing unreleased hardware, recently started to take orders on EVGA’s lineup of GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics cards. The add-in boards are equipped with 6GB of memory and similar outputs (one DVI, one HDMI, three DisplayPorts), which may indicate that they are all based on the reference design, but feature different clock-rates and cooling systems.
EVGA’s GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics cards cost from $799 to $827, depending on frequencies and coolers. An independent source with knowledge of Nvidia plans confirmed to KitGuru that Nvidia’s suggested retail price of the reference GeForce GTX 980 Ti is $799. The official SRPs for the U.K. and mainland Europe are unknown, but expect something like £550 and €750 – €799.
While everything about the GeForce GTX 980 Ti seems to be finalized and set, there could be major last minute changes incoming. According to South Korea-based HWBattle web-site, Nvidia may set the price of the GeForce GTX 980 Ti to $649 and cut the price of the GeForce GTX 980, which currently retails for $549. This information has not been confirmed by any source so far, but if it is true, this could be a serious deal breaker, especially considering the fact that the adapter is set to be bundled with Witcher 3 and Batman Arkham Knight, notes WccfTech.
Nvidia’s upcoming GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics card is based on the GM200-310 graphics processing unit with 2816 stream processors, 176 texture mapping units, 96 raster operations pipelines and 384-bit memory bus, according to various unofficial sources. Graphics cards makers will be allowed to pre-overclock GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics adapters and even design their own printed circuit boards for them.
Nvidia did not comment on the news-story.
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KitGuru Says: Given the fact that performance of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 980 Ti will be very close to that of the flagship GeForce GTX Titan X graphics card, it is very unlikely that Nvidia will sell this card for $649. Perhaps, Nvidia has a plan in place to cut the price of its GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 980 Ti graphics adapters if they are challenged by AMD’s forthcoming “Fiji XT” solution. However, the latter is not expected to hit the market next week, hence, at least initially Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 980 Ti boards will cost $799/£550/€799.