While it was expected that Nvidia Corp. plans to launch two high-end graphics cards this October, the company apparently intends to release three new products aiming different market segments that month. The launch of three new products will help Nvidia to maximize its sales later this year.
Hermitage Akihabara web-site reports that Nvidia plans to introduce high-end GeForce GTX 870 and GeForce GTX 880 graphics cards based on the GM204 graphics processor in early October. In late October the company intends to release GeForce GTX 860 graphics adapter aiming mid-range market segment. It is likely that the solution will also be based on the GM204 graphics processing unit.
Keeping in mind that the GeForce GTX 860 will unlikely cost substantially more than $300/£200, it is logical to assume that the GM204 chip is not too expensive to manufacture.
What is unclear is what performance levels will be offered by the new GPUs. Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 880 should be faster than the GeForce GTX 780, however, that graphics card is based on the GK110 GPU, which is the world’s most complex graphics processor ever designed and which is probably more expensive to make than the GM204.
Nvidia’s GM204 graphics processing unit is based on the second-generation Maxwell architecture and is made using 28nm process technology.
Nvidia did not comment on the news-story.
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KitGuru Says: It will be interesting to see how performance of the GM204-based graphics cards will compare against GK110-powered graphics adapters. The GeForce GTX 880 should be more powerful than the GeForce GTX 780, but its positioning will be substantially different. It will be an interesting situation if the GTX 880 ends up being slower than the GTX 780…