Saturday, May 23rd 2015

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Smiles for the Camera

Here are some of the first pictures of an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics card, in the flesh. As predicted, the reference design board reuses the PCB of the GeForce GTX TITAN-X, and its cooler is a silver version of its older sibling. According to an older report, the GTX 980 Ti will be carved out of the 28 nm GM200 silicon, by disabling 2 of its 24 SMM units, resulting in a CUDA core count of 2,816. The card retains its 384-bit GDDR5 memory bus width, but holds 6 GB of memory, half that of the GTX TITAN-X. The card is expected to launch in early June, 2015. NVIDIA's add-in card (AIC) partners will be free to launch custom-design boards with this SKU, so you could hold out for the MSI Lightnings, the EVGA Classifieds, the ASUS Strixes, the Gigabyte G1s, and the likes.
Source: VideoCardz
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118 Comments on NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Smiles for the Camera

#1
pidgin
Looks as boring as ever. I'd choose 390X just for HBM already not to mention the superior looks and probably better value.
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#2
xkm1948
if it is within $600 I am getting one. The Fiji card will probably go for the price of Titan.
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#3
newtekie1
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pidgin, post: 3285959, member: 135409"
Looks as boring as ever. I'd choose 390X just for HBM already not to mention the superior looks and probably better value.
Reference cards always look boring.

And we really don't know how much HBM will help the 390X, AMD has had double the memory bandwidth of nVidia in the last generation and couldn't manage to outperform nVidia. So obviously just piling on more memory bandwidth isn't the solution to their problems.

I'm also not quite sure why people expect it to offer a better value. If it really does outperform nVidia you can bet it won't offer a better value in any way, AMD will price it just as high as the Titans(they've done it in the past). If it doesn't outperform nVidia, then AMD will price the 390X right in line with what it matches from nVidia, just like they currently do.
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#4
pidgin
Well memory bandwidth is one thing. Its a new shiny piece of tech that is more intriguing to PC lovers than just numbers.

If 390X is neck to neck in price/performance with 980 Ti I think 390X will sell a looot easier.
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#5
NC37
Brace yourselves fellas...more sexy PCB pictures with no useful benchmarks or info coming!
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#6
MxPhenom 216
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pidgin, post: 3285959, member: 135409"
Looks as boring as ever. I'd choose 390X just for HBM already not to mention the superior looks and probably better value.
Ever since the original Titan,NVIDIA cards have been the sexiest reference cards I have ever seen.
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#7
newtekie1
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Well memory bandwidth is one thing. Its a new shiny piece of tech that is more intriguing to PC lovers than just numbers.

If 390X is neck to neck in price/performance with 980 Ti I think 390X will sell a looot easier.
I doubt it, AMD is still having heat and power issues, we already basically know the 980 Ti's power and heat and it is pretty damn good.

Just having a buzz word isn't going to help them sell cards if their card still runs hotter, uses more power, and doesn't actually outperform the competition.
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#8
ZoneDymo
The original maybe, now its just the same damn cooler every time.
Very generic and repetative
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MxPhenom 216
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newtekie1, post: 3285978, member: 20670"
I doubt it, AMD is still having heat and power issues, we already basically know the 980 Ti's power and heat and it is pretty damn good.

Just having a buzz word isn't going to help them sell cards if their card still runs hotter, uses more power, and doesn't actually outperform the competition.
Not to mention HBM is limited to 4GB right now. If they release a 8GB card it will be GDDR5.
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MxPhenom 216
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ZoneDymo, post: 3285981, member: 66089"
The original maybe, now its just the same damn cooler every time.
Very generic and repetative
They are damn good reference coolers too. Before I took mine off my 780 to put a waterblock on it, it was definitely the quietest blower style reference cooler I've ever experienced.
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#11
Debat0r
MxPhenom 216, post: 3285982, member: 87790"
Not to mention HBM is limited to 4GB right now. If they release a 8GB card it will be GDDR5.
Still, I'd rather have 4GB of RAM with a max of 128GB/s throughput than 8GB with less than a quarter of that...
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#12
btarunr
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Still, I'd rather have 4GB of RAM with a max of 128GB/s throughput than 8GB with less than a quarter of that...
512 GB/s, not 128 GB/s. Funny how 4 GB wasn't a problem during "high-end" GTX 980 launch, just a few months ago.
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#13
ZoneDymo
You can keep the ermm lets call it "Tech", underneath the same, meaning same performance and still change the look.
This is about looks, all the cards since the Titan looking the same, its unimaginative and boring.
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#14
bogami
Unfortunately, people are so poorly educated that they think if it says on the Dimitrovgrad titanium supposed to be the best model. They do not know that we here offer the best gejming model incompletely cut-out processor which should be in the junkyard for a large sum of money.
This never written anywhere . So incompletely excised defective cut processor that would have operate by turning off the SSM unit is sold here! Thus is in all inferior units on offer regardless of the manufacturer. I have no problem with this, but this should lower the price because it is the waste (reject, skart)!
We can expect the same problems as with GTX970!
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#15
the54thvoid
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Here are some of the first pictures of an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics card, in the flesh. As predicted, the reference design board reuses the PCB of the GeForce GTX TITAN-X, and its cooler is a silver version of its older sibling. According to an older report, the GTX 980 Ti will be carved out of the 28 nm GM200 silicon, by disabling 2 of its 24 SMM units, resulting in a CUDA core count of 2,816. The card retains its 384-bit GDDR5 memory bus width, but holds 6 GB of memory, half that of the GTX TITAN-X. The card is expected to launch in early June, 2015. NVIDIA's add-in card (AIC) partners will be free to launch custom-design boards with this SKU, so you could hold out for the MSI Lightnings, the EVGA Classifieds, the ASUS Strixes, the Gigabyte G1s, and the likes.



Source: VideoCardz
This suggests only 1 SMM disabled

http://www.overclock3d.net/articles/gpu_displays/nvidia_gtx_980ti_specs_and_performance_leaked/1

and this backs it up:

http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showpost.php?p=28074792&postcount=542

Within 7% of Titan with half memory, makes it a more worth card. That 7% will evaporate on a modified dual BIOS card with water and a good PCB (Lightning, Classified etc)
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#16
HumanSmoke
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Within 7% of Titan with half memory, makes it a more worth card. That 7% will evaporate on a modified dual BIOS card with water and a good PCB (Lightning, Classified etc)
7% might evaporate with (non-reference) air cooling depending upon what clocks AIB's settle on. With an extra 30-40W of power budget to play with from halving the vRAM, I'd think the boost clocks should be quite reasonable considering the actual in-app clocks the Titan X posts are close to 1200M, and this seems more a heat/throttling limitation of the reference cooler than anything else considering the board generally seems to pull somewhat less than 300W.
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#18
radrok
This card will basically be what the OG Titan was compared to the Titan Black, negligible performance difference, if any.

What's good is that this will probably have AIB custom PCBs (higher voltage) and with 6GB being more than enough for any humanly conceivable resolution it will be a good chunk better than the Titan X.
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#19
rtwjunkie
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pidgin, post: 3285959, member: 135409"
Looks as boring as ever. I'd choose 390X just for HBM already not to mention the superior looks and probably better value.
To each his own, I guess. That metal high-end reference cooler which was first used with Titan and 780 is exceptionally good looking IMO, and I know from hard use of my 780 that it cools it phenomenally well and is extremely quiet. It's how to do a blower cooler properly.
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#20
nunyabuisness
then yo uare really silly.
Lets look at this technically
its obviously got a better core than a 290X yes? so that means 4K gaming right? WRONG 4GB Vram is maxed out at 1080P and 1440P ultra settings .

THe HBM in this first release is limited to 4GB not enough for 4K. so that means. that the chip is essentially being wasted! V2 will be a worthwile choice at 8-12-16gb being possible.
but until then its a bragging rights card, as its going to be fast at 1080P and 1440P... lol the 290X with 8gb does that. meaning you will be paying $899 for what a 290X will do at 1/4 the price!
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#21
newtekie1
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WRONG 4GB Vram is maxed out at 1080P and 1440P ultra settings .
Have you actually tried any 4K gaming? I have yet to find a title where 4GB wasn't enough to handle 4K.
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#22
radrok
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Have you actually tried any 4K gaming? I have yet to find a title where 4GB wasn't enough to handle 4K.
But man 4K is viewed best with 64X MSAA, you need 24GB of VRAM minimum.









:roll:
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#24
newtekie1
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No dual BIOS switch?
That's an AMD gimmick.
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#25
Caring1
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That's an AMD gimmick.
And a very handy one too judging by the amount of people that stuff up flashing a BIOS.
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