The recently introduced code-named GM200 graphics processing unit will not power only the GeForce GTX Titan X as well as the Quadro M6000 graphics cards. According to a media report, Nvidia Corp. is working on the GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics adapter, which is expected to rival not only the GeForce GTX 980, but even the GeForce GTX Titan X.
Nvidia plans to use fully-fledged GM200 graphics processing unit for the rumoured GeForce GTX 980 Ti, according to SweClockers. The graphics solution will feature 3072 stream processors, 192 texture mapping units, 96 raster operations pipelines as well as 384-bit memory interface. Moreover, clock-rate of the GPU is projected to be increased to around 1.1GHz. The only difference between the GTX 980 Ti and the GTX Titan X will be the amount of onboard memory: 6GB vs. 12GB, if the report is to be believed.
The new graphics solution is expected to hit the market this summer at the price of around $699. If the timing is correct, then the GeForce GTX 980 Ti will be positioned directly against AMD’s rumoured Radeon R9 390-series graphics cards.
Nvidia needs a graphics aadapter that will be positioned below the GeForce GTX Titan X in order to sell GM200 graphics processing units that have non-functional execution units. Since GM200 graphics chip is incredibly complex and large, it is inevitable that there are GPUs with damaged compute or fixed-function units. Traditionally, companies disable broken parts of the chip and use such ASICs on less expensive graphics adapters. If both GeForce GTX Titan X and GeForce GTX Titan X use fully-fledged GM200 GPUs, it is unclear how Nvidia plans to sell cut-down GM200 graphics processors.
Nvidia did not comment on the news-story.
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KitGuru Says: Existence of the GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics in Nvidia’s roadmap was predicted along with the emergence of the GeForce GTX Titan X months ago. While Nvidia’s plan to introduce the GTX 980 Ti is not surprising, specifications of the product are rather hard to believe in. The company needs to sell partly non-functional GM200 GPUs, but the GTX 980 Ti uses fully-fledged GPUs Nvidia also needs to refresh its graphics cards lineup this fall without introducing any new chips. To do the latter, it is logical for Nvidia to introduce GeForce GTX 985, 975 and 965 based on the GM204. However, offering GeForce GTX 980 Ti and GeForce GTX 985 at the same time is hardly a good thing since this will confuse buyers. In short, neither the name – GeForce GTX 980 Ti – of the product, nor its specifications look trustworthy right now. KitGuru will investigate the matter.