The alleged first benchmark of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880 has appeared online recently. The benchmark in question is 3DMark and the score is quite high. We cannot verify the authenticity of the below screenshot, but it does not appear to be doctored.
Putting all of the rumors to rest NVIDIA today has launched the SHIELD Tablet along with the SHIELD wireless controller. The SHIELD tablet is first and foremost a high-performance tablet that is packed with exceptional features. Powered by the world’s most advanced mobile processor — the NVIDIA Tegra K1, with 192 GPU cores — SHIELD tablet is supplemented by regular, over-the-air software upgrades that bring new capabilities and levels of performance.
With rumors of NVIDIA working on a second Shield console, Shield tablet and even a Steam Machine competitor it seems one of those might be coming soon. A leaked image of what is said to be the Shield tablet has surface on the internet this week.
Valve has been working on their official Steam Machine, but the project has been delayed. We should expect to see the Steam Machine sometime in 2015. In the meantime it looks like NVIDIA is working on a direct competitor to the Steam Machine.
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.
NVIDIA’s GM204 Maxwell graphics cards are expected to launch very soon. From what we know we will see the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 800 Series cards by the end of the year for sure. The cards coming out this year will be based on the 28 nm process.
NVIDIA has been working on their flagship graphics card for the GeForce 800 series, this will effectively replace the 700 series cards. These new cards will feature NVIDIA’s Maxwell graphics processing unit. There have been rumors that NVIDIA will launch this card in Q4 of this year. Chinese website GamerSky has leaked photos of the first engineering sample of the card.
KFA2 has just launched an updated version of their factory overclocked GeForce GTX 780 HOF (hall of fame) graphics card. This new card is the GeForce GTX 780 HOF OC+ and is based on the same board design as the original.
According to a report by SweClockers NVIDIA is planning to release its next high performance single-GPU graphics cards no later than Q4 of 2014. These cards will incloude the GeForce GTX 880 and the GeForce GTX 870 and they are said to be launching in the October / November time frame.
According to a report by DigiTimes graphics card vendors are bracing for a brutal second quarter. They expect graphics card sales to drop by 30 to 40 percent! Vendors reasoning for this forecast is overwhelming unsold inventories of cards lower down the supply chain.
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