Friday, May 22nd 2015

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Launch Imminent

NVIDIA is ready with a new high-end graphics card that will be slotted between the GeForce GTX 980 and the GeForce GTX TITAN-X, in its product stack. The GeForce GTX 980 Ti, as it's being called, will launch within the next couple of weeks, and will be based on the company's GM200 silicon. The core-configuration of this chip remains unknown, but it is rumored to feature 6 GB of GDDR5 memory, half that of the GTX TITAN-X, across its 384-bit wide memory bus.

Back in March, it was reported that NVIDIA will launch this SKU only after Summer. An early June launch suggests that either NVIDIA is spooked about AMD's Radeon R9 390X and its fancy-named sibling, which are expected to launch in the third week of June, and wants to siphon off high-end GPU sales as gamers and enthusiasts wrap up their Summer builds/upgrades, to settle down for the season's big game launches; or the company is confident of its performance, and really wants the GTX 980 Ti to appear on performance graphs, in reviews of AMD's new products.
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23 Comments on NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Launch Imminent

#1
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
So, does TPU have a sample in for testing under NDA then? ;)

This looks like the card to have.
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#2
64K
The end of this month or during the first week of June at Computex is my guess.

qubit said:
So, does TPU have a sample in for testing under NDA? ;)

This looks like the card to have.
According to Videocardz.com the review samples have been sent out. I'm eagerly awaiting W1zzard's review as this will almost certainly be my next card.
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#3
GhostRyder
Cool, cannot wait as I want to see the full feature stack of this card. I am mostly curious if this is a full chip or a slightly cut down chip from the Titan-X.
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#4
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
@64K I'd love to get it, but I've spent rather too many hundreds of pounds on graphics cards lately. :laugh: I'll get it in a few months; there's no rush for me.
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#5
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
qubit said:
This looks like the card to have.
I would hold off until R9 390X before making that judgment...the next article will tell you why.
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#6
Luka KLLP
This is great news! I am going to upgrade early July and I was afraid this card would come out after, but now it seems both AMDs 300 series and the 980Ti will come out before then, so I can make an informed decision :)
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#7
bogami
At the end of the month would be the last time for 28 nm since the 20 nm AMD also at the door, or it will be enough for a more normal price in nvidia is difficult to say. $ 550 would be through rates.
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#8
2big2fail
When a company rushes a product to market at least 4-5 months earlier than planned, you know they're scared. It really looks like amd has managed to blitzkrieg nvidia this time around.
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#9
Cybrnook2002
btarunr said:
I would hold off until R9 390X before making that judgment...the next article will tell you why.
This +
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#10
64K
I think I will take btarunr's advice in post #6.
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#11
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
2big2fail said:
When a company rushes a product to market at least 4-5 months earlier than planned, you know they're scared. It really looks like amd has managed to blitzkrieg nvidia this time around.
Either scared or supremely confident. I'm going to wait until both are out to form an opinion.
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#12
dyonoctis
It's nice to have another gpu war after 1 year of flat water. I'm just sad that the R9 390x won't really be another HD 4870...sigh...that was a good time. Ahead of the competition with the use of the GDDR5, and crazy cheap. That thing was nearly as fast as the gtx 280 and half the price. Will we ever see another flagship gpu at 250 bucks ?
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#13
ZoneDymo
Between the GTX980 and TitanX.....so....useless you mean?
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#14
LogicPrevails
so anything stronger than a gtx 980 but slightly weaker than a titan x is useless? meaning everything else that is below the titan x and a gtx 980 should be labeled as trash? nice assessment there.
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#15
64K
A Titan X is about 23% faster overall than a 980 according to the benchmarks here. If the 980 Ti comes in at around 20% faster than a 980 for $100 more than a 980 and $400 less than a Titan X then I would say there is definitely room for it in the stack.
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#16
NC37
And of course nVidia forgets how many are still going to wait because they want to see what AMD does. Appearing spooked like this only shows weakness that AMD does have NV's number and that they won't be able to compete come mid june.
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#17
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
I'm thinking you might be right. NVIDIA may have become complacent and caught from behind on this. I know I will be awaiting both results.
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#18
Fluffmeister
I doubt Nvidia have been busy sitting around counting all their money, besides they have basically had to the market to themselves since September, with the culling of AMD's prices doing little to stop the slide towards Nv.
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#19
nunyabuisness
I know everyone is waiting for AM's response. but lets be honest here. you have a new AMD card that is going to do 4K at 40 FPS. yet it doesnt have the memory! 4GB is only 4gb it doesnt matter how fast it is lol

if they do put 8GB on the card it will half the speed of the link, and make it 300gb/sec anyway meaning its a futile choice and is just a waste of cash for bragging rights.
Nvidia's 980, TI and Titan are the correct choices here . NO ONE SHOULD BE BUYING A 970. they royally screwed up here, and we as consumers should make them pay. id love to see $100 970's because no one is buying them and thats all they are worth frankly

I digress.

THe 980 is the correct choice for 2015!
until HBM v2 comes out which can handle 600gb/sec quad stack HBM so 4-8-12-16 gb RAM
and we have comparable choice.
even if AMD comes with HBM we have no yardstick and no benchmark. so the Pascal vs AMD offering in late 2016 (amd will be late again) will be a better implementation of HBM and a safer one.
Think Xbox 360 warranty issues! 1billion in write downs!!
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#20
nunyabuisness
oh wow the 980 vanilla from AIB partners most of them just got $200 price cuts from $930 to $700 AU

that means the TI will be about $899 And Ill have that much in end of June...... ready to spend.... YEY
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#21
Ninsendo
Gratz... so the 6GB DDR 5 will become 5.5GB and another 512MB stacked.... with 352Bit+32Bit so = 384 Bit ? :D:D:D:D:D:D
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#23
nunyabuisness
Ninsendo said:
Gratz... so the 6GB DDR 5 will become 5.5GB and another 512MB stacked.... with 352Bit+32Bit so = 384 Bit ? :D:D:D:D:D:D
nope. there is no L2 or memory controller disabled. just the raster engine itself. so there is unbiased access to all the L2 and SM's. So no.
Please read and understand something before commenting on it. otherwise you look like a 14 year old fan boy
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