Tuesday, August 5th 2014

GeForce GTX 880 September Launch Confirmed by Gigabyte Exec

A Gigabyte executive, in an interview with Expreview on the sidelines of ChinaJoy Game Developers Conference, confirmed that NVIDIA will launch its next-generation GeForce GTX 880 high-end graphics card in September, 2014. He said that in context of disclosing that his company is working on a custom-design card based on the new chip, named GTX 880 G1.Gamer. The new card will be designed with a massive cooler capable of handling thermal loads as high as 650W. What this means is, with its fans spooled down, the cooler will be able to passively cool the GPU over a wider temperature band, regardless of the GPU load. The fans will begin to kick in only at a higher temperature. Based on the "Maxwell" architecture, the GTX 880 could step up performance-per-Watt metrics for NVIDIA.

Source: Expreview
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12 Comments on GeForce GTX 880 September Launch Confirmed by Gigabyte Exec

#1
Chaitanya
Sweet, now I will have to ask my sources within nVidia for some details.
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#2
HumanSmoke
Kind of interested to see if Nvidia's new/revised blower makes it into the reference design, and if this "turbofan" (really?) is all that different from the standard squirrel cage.
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#3
Naito
This explains the recent $50+ price drop of GTX 780s at local stores.
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#4
Steevo
So a liquid cooler? Or is this die so massive that the power per square mm is low enough to transport through common materials, or have they found a new exotic material to transfer the heat and its just going to cost a lot.
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HumanSmoke
by: Steevo
So a liquid cooler?
The original posting says that the new cooler is actually just a revised WindForce3 - the one proclaiming 450W dissipation (seems to work fine on my GHz Ed card), and the TDP of the GTX 880 is touted as 225W (at stock clocks presumably), so I'm guessing a liquid cooler won't be mandatory.
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Naito
by: Steevo
So a liquid cooler? Or is this die so massive that the power per square mm is low enough to transport through common materials, or have they found a new exotic material to transfer the heat and its just going to cost a lot.
The entire heat sink is going to be made of silver :laugh:
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BiggieShady
by: btarunr
The fans will begin to kick in only at a higher temperature.
Somehow I'd like them more to spin always slowly and never reach those high temperatures.
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btarunr
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The cooler will be big, and I'm expecting GM104/GM204 to have lower TDP than GK104, although they're both based on 28 nm. So the cooler is probably designed to work fan-less upto a set temperature threshold (much like ASUS Strix). I don't think beyond that threshold the fans will blast up at high-speeds, but only gradually climb (20% at threshold, with linear increase).
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#9
El_Mayo
Any leaks regarding price? Looking to move to GTX 780 if it gets a price cut soon before this comes out, or an 880 if it's a decent price
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Steevo
So I gather by the lower TDP and higher specs my first assumption is correct, a larger chip with more shaders running a lower frequency, more work on power consumption tech to shut down more parts of the core, and possibly remove some redundant hardware. I would expect 20-30% higher performance with the increased shader count and better process yields.
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GhostRyder
by: Steevo
So I gather by the lower TDP and higher specs my first assumption is correct, a larger chip with more shaders running a lower frequency, more work on power consumption tech to shut down more parts of the core, and possibly remove some redundant hardware. I would expect 20-30% higher performance with the increased shader count and better process yields.
Most likely, the point of this is to improve core to core while improving power consumption all at once. We can expect this to beat out the 780ti by quite a margin depending on the clock speeds and if its true that it will contain 3k+ cuda cores.

I think either way, these are going to be some cool cards and will perform as such. We can only now wait to see the actual card in action (Soon enough we shall get full details since its slated for release next month).

by: El_Mayo
Any leaks regarding price? Looking to move to GTX 780 if it gets a price cut soon before this comes out, or an 880 if it's a decent price
Don't hold your breath, its going to depend if they actually drop the price of the 780ti. If it performs at least on par with the 780ti and at lower power consumption (I'm assuming worst case) then its going to be priced at least pretty close to it. But based off some of the price drops seen recently we can guess 600 would not be a stretch. On that same note though some expect the price (Rumors mostly) to be around $450 so if thats the case that would be a huge deal!
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#12
9700 Pro
Capable of 650W? Yeah right! :D

Gigabyte is my favourite manufacturer but BS like that.. :D
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