After weeks of leaks NVIDIA has officially announced the GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics card! The card is positioned to sit below the GeForce GTX Titan X in NVIDIA’s graphics card stack. It has been made to handle 4K Ultra HD resolution. The card is based based off of NVIDIA’s 28nm GM200 silicon and features 2816 CUDA cores, 176 TMUs, 96 ROPs, and a 384-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 6 GB of memory.
AMD is getting closer to launching their Radeon R300 Series and NVIDIA is not going to sit on the sidelines. According to the latest report from Sweclockers NVIDIA already has their new GeForce GTX 980 Ti ready for launch, but they don’t want to release it yet. Sweclockers has a pretty impressive track record when it comes to NVIDIA rumors, so it is likely that this is true.
Well just before the weekend Canadian music producer Deadmau5 published a picture on his Instagram account showing off not one, but two NVIDIA Quadro M6000 graphics cards in a system which is used to run his tour visuals. While not the most reliable source for a graphics card leak, take it for what its worth. We are assuming NVIDIA provided Deadmau5 with these cards without any NDA agreement or restrictions for his tour.
The architecture block-diagram for NVIDIA’s GM200 silicon has been leaked to the web. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X will be making full use of the GM200 silicon which it is based off of. The GM200 will feature six Graphics Processing Clusters (GPCs) each will hold 4 SMMs. So that gives the full processor 24 SMMs with a total of 3072 CUDA cores based on the Maxwell architecture.
Well here are the first known shots of NVIDIA’s next-gen flagship graphics card, the GeForce GTX Titan X. This card is powered by the brand new 28 nm GM200 silicon, which we have heard may feature 3072 CUDA cores, is based on the Maxwell architecture, has a 384-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, NVIDIA’s latest memory bandwidth tech, 96 ROPs and 12 GB of memory.
A user on the Chiphell forums has posted some very interesting benchmarks. Now before we continue we would say to take this information with a grain of salt as we cannot verify it and we have seen fakes before in the past. The Chiphell user posted benchmarks of a supposed AMD Bermuda (R9 390X), AMD Fiji (R9 380X), a NVIDIA GM200 (Titan 2) and a NVIDIA GM200 cut-down version (GTX 980 Ti?). Of course these would all have to be engineering samples of the cards.
It looks like NVIDIA will not be waiting for the 20 nm fab process for its next big GPU. Riding on the success of the GM204 silicon, the next enthusiast-segment GM200 silicon will be based on the 28 nm silicon fab process. NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX Titan II could be based off this silicon.
We had mentioned that NVIDIA could be possibly be working on a higher-end graphics card in the 900 series after the GTX 980. Word that MSI was holding off on releasing the GTX 980 Lightning card backed up the rumors of a higher-end card. Well it looks like we do have some leaked details on NVIDIA’s GM200 GPU which these high-end cards will be based off of!
Given that this chip will be based on the existing 28 nm process this is going to be a big GPU, over 600 mm²! Since this GPU will be based on the Maxwell architecture thermal loads should not be that bad, but given its going to be a big chip we will just have to see. We could see the GM200-based GeForce GTX Titan II launch is the first half of 2015.