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NVIDIA to Launch Mid-range GP106 Based Graphics Cards in Autumn 2016

NVIDIA is expected to launch the first consumer graphics cards based on the GP106 silicon some time in Autumn 2016 (late Q3-early Q4). Based on the company's next-generation "Pascal" architecture, the GP106 will drive several key mid-range and performance-segment (price/performance sweetspot) SKUs, including the cards that succeed the current GeForce GTX 960 and GTX 950. Based on the way NVIDIA's big GP100 silicon is structured, assuming the GP106 features two graphics processing clusters (GPCs), the way the current GM206 silicon does; one can expect a CUDA core count in the neighborhood of 1,280. NVIDIA could use this chip to capture several key sub-$250 price points.

NVIDIA Intros the Quadro M2000 Graphics Card

NVIDIA announced the Quadro M2000 professional graphics card. Based on the 28 nm GM206 "Maxwell" silicon, the M2000 is a mid-range professional graphics offering by the company, and is energy-efficient. The card has the same core-configuration as the GeForce GTX 950, with 768 CUDA cores, 48 TMUs, 16 ROPs, and a 128-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface. 4 GB is the standard memory amount for this card.

The GPU is clocked up to 1188 MHz, and the memory at 6.60 GHz (GDDR5-effective), yielding a memory bandwidth of 106 GB/s. The card relies on the PCI-Express slot for all its power, its typical board power-draw is rated at 75W. The reference-design board features a neat full-height PCB, and a single-slot cooling solution. Display outputs include four DisplayPort 1.2 connectors. The M2000 brings some Quadro-exclusive software features to the table, including nView MultiDisplay, and support for 5K and 8K displays (through multiple connectors). Expect this card to be priced around US $550.

Colorful Launches New GeForce GTX 950 Graphics Cards

Colorful Technology Company Limited, professional manufacturer of graphics cards, is proud to announce its GeForce GTX 950 lineup with the introduction of the Colorful 950-2GD5 and iGame 950-2GD5 Ymir-U graphics cards. Both cards feature the 2nd-generation Maxwell GPU from NVIDIA, featuring highly efficient performance per watt, this translates to excellent efficiency making the new Colorful GTX 950 consume less power but still deliver excellent performance. Perfect for those concerned about keeping their electric bills to a minimum.

The iGame 950-2GD5 Ymir-U is the latest member of the iGame family of gaming graphics card from Colorful featuring revolutionary technology to improve gamers' visual experience. The NVIDIA GTX 950 GPU delivers the perfect upgrade for users still using older-generation graphics cards looking to find a better visual experience with their games. The GTX 950 is the perfect graphics card for MOBA with optimization intended to bring the best response times for these games.

TechPowerUp GPU-Z v0.8.7 Released

TechPowerUp released the latest version of GPU-Z, the popular graphics subsystem information, monitoring, and diagnostic utility. Version 0.8.7 adds support for new GPUs, fixes a variety of bugs, and improves the interface. To begin with, support is added for AMD Radeon R9 380X, R7 350, and the "Mullins" APU; NVIDIA GTX 980 8GB (notebooks), GTX 965M, GTX 750 (GM206), GT 710 (GK208), Quadro K1200, M5000, M2000M, M1000M, K2200M, GRID K160Q, and Tesla K80; and Intel "Skylake" Gen9 Graphics 510, P530, 540.

Among the bug fixes include improved Radeon Software version number detection, correct DirectX hardware-support readout on Intel "Skylake" IGPs, accurate 1.55V voltage reading for AMD "Fiji" GPUs in ULPS modes, a BSOD on Intel "Cloverview" Atom Z2760, SKU naming for AMD "Beema" chips; improved detection of CUDA devices running on Bus ID greater than 9, and a better explanation for OpenCL detection errors. The Armenian language pack has been improved.
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NVIDIA Readies GeForce GTX 950 SE Graphics Card

NVIDIA is planning to shake up its sub-$150 graphics card lineup with a new SKU carved out of the current $140 GeForce GTX 950. The company is planning to retire the GTX 750 Ti, and is looking for a true replacement to the GTX 750 (non-Ti). The GTX 750 duo are based on the slightly older first-gen "Maxwell" architecture. The new GeForce GTX 950 SE, or GTX 950 LE, as it's being called; will be a further crippled GTX 950, rather than its better-endowed sibling (currently being served by the GTX 960).

The GeForce GTX 950 SE will feature one less streaming multiprocessor Maxwell (SMM) than even the current GTX 950, 5 out of 8 physically present on the GM206 silicon. This works out to a CUDA core count of 640. The TMU count is proportionately lower at 40, ROP count at 32, and memory bus width at 128-bit; holding 2 GB of GDDR5 memory. With a typical board power expected to be around 70W, cards by various AIC partners will either make do with single 6-pin PCIe power inputs, or completely lack them. The GPU and memory clock speeds are expected to be slightly lower than those of the GTX 950, too. NVIDIA could launch this SKU some time in March.

GIGABYTE Announces its GeForce GTX 950 Graphics Card Series

GIGABYTE, the world's leading premium gaming hardware manufacturer, is pleased to announce two GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 950 Overclock Edition Graphics Cards today, namely the GV-N950WF2OC-2GD and GV-N950OC-2GD. Designed to deliver brilliant gaming performance at 1080p with the GM206 GPU, the GV-N950WF2OC-2GD guarantees efficient, silent cooling thanks to the well-acclaimed WINDFORCE 2X cooling system; suited for the mini-ITX form factor, the single-90mm-fan variant GV-N950OC-2GD also offers great thermal performance at a remarkably low noise level within small confined cases.

Both graphics cards represent a smart choice for gamers ready to step up for sharper and smoother gameplay, especially on popular Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game titles. Gamers could expect up to 2X performance improvement with the GV-N950WF2OC-2GD at 4K ultra settings on MOBA games compared to its predecessor[1], making the graphics cards a perfect upgrade option with an attractive value proposition for online gaming.

MSI Announces the GeForce GTX 950 Series

MSI is pleased to announce the latest additions to its next generation GAMING graphics cards lineup. The new MSI GTX 950 graphics cards are powered by NVIDIA's latest GM206 Maxwell GPU, which fully supports the new DirectX 12 that comes with Windows 10. The MSI GTX 950 GAMING 2G features the acclaimed Twin Frozr V cooler, delivering a supremely silent gaming experience with Zero Frozr technology and Torx Fan design. The MSI GTX 950 GAMING 2G is the perfect card for 1080p and MOBA games such as DOTA2 and League of Legends.

Besides the revered GAMING series, MSI also provides factory overclocked Armor2X models featuring the striking Black & White cooler to match the design of MSI's Krait series motherboards. MSI also ads in system integrator OC Edition models with higher clock speeds and reference exhaust fans, catering to the needs of a wide audience.

NVIDIA Announces the GeForce GTX 950 Graphics Card

NVIDIA announced the GeForce GTX 950, its latest entry-mainstream graphics card targeted at sub-$500 gaming PC builds that compete with game-consoles. The card is designed to offer sufficient pixel-crunching muscle for resolutions such as 1600 x 900 and 1920 x 1080 (moderate-high details). The GTX 950 succeeds the GTX 750 Ti, and is priced at US $159.99.

Based on the same 28 nm GM206 silicon as the GeForce GTX 960, the GTX 950 offers 768 CUDA cores based on the 2nd generation "Maxwell" architecture, 48 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, across a 128-bit wide memory interface. Its core is clocked at 1024 MHz, with 1188 MHz GPU Boost, and 6.60 GHz (GDDR5-effective) memory. At its given specs, the card has a typical board power rating of just 90W, and makes do with a single 6-pin PCIe power connector.

PNY GeForce GTX 950 Graphics Card Pictured

Here's the first picture of a PNY-branded GeForce GTX 950 graphics card. The compact, dual-slot card will draw power from a single 6-pin or 8-pin power connector, and will feature simple fan-heatsink cooling. Based on the GM206 silicon, the GTX 950 is expected to feature 768 CUDA cores, and 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, across the chip's 128-bit wide memory interface. NVIDIA is designing this SKU to compete with the Radeon R7 370 from AMD, and so one should expect a sub-$150 price. The GeForce GTX 950 will launch a little later this month.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 Specifications Surface

Here are possible specifications of NVIDIA's upcoming entry-mainstream graphics card, the GeForce GTX 950. It was earlier rumored to be named the "GTX 950 Ti." NVIDIA is designing this to succeed the GTX 750 Ti, and to compete with the Radeon R7 370. It will be based on the GM206 silicon, the same one that drives the GTX 960, but with a quarter of its CUDA cores disabled. This puts the CUDA core count of the GTX 950 at 768, and its TMU count at 48. Its ROP count will remain at 32, memory bus width at 128-bit, and it will ship with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory.

The GeForce GTX 950 will likely ship with clock speeds ranging between 1150 to 1250 MHz core, 1350 to 1450 MHz GPU Boost, and around 6.60 to 6.75 GHz memory, with its memory bandwidth set around 107.68 GB/s. The reference card will draw power from a single 8-pin PCIe power connector, and its typical board power is rated at just 90W. The card will likely feature 2-way SLI support, and its display outputs will include a combination of dual-link DVI, HDMI 2.0, and DisplayPort 1.2 connectors. NVIDIA is expected to launch the GeForce GTX 950 on 17th August, 2015.

NVIDIA Readies GeForce GTX 950 Ti Mid-range Graphics Card

NVIDIA is preparing to cement its sub-$150 product offering, and compete with AMD's Radeon R7 370, with a new SKU called the GeForce GTX 950 Ti. This chip will succeed the GTX 750 Ti and is expected to be based on the 28 nm "GM206" silicon. The SKU reportedly features an ASIC variant code "GM206-250" (the GTX 960 features "GM206-300.") NVIDIA could create the SKU by either cutting down the CUDA core count (which is 1,024 on the silicon), lowering clock-speeds, or a combination of the two. The chip already features a narrow 128-bit GDDR5 memory interface, compared to the 256-bit memory bus on its competing R7 370.

ZOTAC Unveils a Pair of 4 GB GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Cards

ZOTAC joined the 4 GB GeForce GTX 960 party with two factory-overclocked models. The ZT-90308-10M features a minor overclock of 1177 MHz core, with 1240 MHz GPU Boost (vs. reference clocks of 1126/1178 MHz); while the AMP! variant (ZT-90309-10M) offers higher 1266 MHz core with 1329 MHz GPU Boost. The memory clock is untouched on both cards, at 7.00 GHz (GDDR5-effective).

The ZT-90308-10M features a more cost-effective dual-fan cooling solution, while the AMP! offers a meatier dual-fan one. Both cards draw power from single 8-pin PCIe power connectors, and come with back-plates. Display outputs on both include three DisplayPort 1.2, one HDMI 2.0, and one DVI. Based on the 28 nm GM206 silicon, the GTX 960 features 1,024 CUDA cores, 64 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 128-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface. ZOTAC didn't announce pricing or availability information.
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Inno3D Announces First 4 GB GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card

Inno3D announced the first GeForce GTX 960 graphics card to feature 4 GB of video memory, double that of the standard 2 GB. The card features 4 GB of memory across the chip's 128-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, running at reference clock speeds of 7.00 GHz. The GPU runs at 1126 MHz, with 1178 MHz GPU Boost. The card features Inno3D's in-house dual-fan cooling solution, featuring 0 dBA idle operation, and a detachable cooler shroud on which the card's two fans are suspended, letting you clean the heatsink underneath. Based on the 28 nm GM206 silicon, the GTX 960 offers 1024 CUDA cores, and a 128-bit wide memory bus. Inno3D didn't disclose pricing.

NVIDIA GM206-300 Silicon Pictured

Here's the first picture of NVIDIA next chip based on its "Maxwell" architecture, GM206-300. Powering the upcoming GeForce GTX 960 graphics card, the silicon appears to have half the die-size of the company's current flagship GM204, which powers the GTX 980 and GTX 970. The package itself is smaller, with its much lower pin-count, owing to half the memory bus width to the GM204, at 128-bit, and fewer power pins. No other specs are leaked, but we won't be surprised if its CUDA core count is about half that of the GTX 980. NVIDIA plans to launch the GeForce GTX 960 on the 22nd of January, 2015.

MSI GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Cards Leaked

Here are some of the first pictures of MSI's upcoming GeForce GTX 960 graphics cards. Both variations of essentially the same card, the GTX 960 Gaming OC and GTX 960 100ME (100 million edition) cards are based on NVIDIA's new GM206 silicon. The only specs we have at hand are 2 GB of memory across a 128-bit wide memory interface, and a very low power footprint. These two cards feature a 4+1 phase VRM, which draws power from just a single 8-pin PCIe power connector. Reference cards may feature just a single 6-pin. Both cards feature a compacted variant of MSI's TwinFrozr V cooling solution, which debuted with the GeForce GTX 980/GTX 970 Gaming series. The two are expected to launch on the 22nd of January, 2015.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 Launch Date Revealed

Originally expected to launch its mid-range GeForce GTX 960 graphics card on the sidelines of the 2015 International CES, in early January, NVIDIA is now expected to launch the card on the 22nd of the month. The card will be based on NVIDIA's new GM206 silicon, that's based on its "Maxwell" architecture. Among its known features are a 128-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, 2 GB of memory, and significantly lower power draw compared to its predecessor. The card will draw power from a single 6-pin PCIe power connector. It's expected to be priced around the $200 mark.

NVIDIA to Launch GeForce GTX 960 in January

NVIDIA is reportedly preparing to launch its mid-range GeForce GTX 960 graphics card some time in January, 2015; according to a SweClockers report. The card could be launched in the sidelines of the 2015 International CES. The card will be based on the company's new GM206 silicon, and it won't be a cut-down GM204. Its only specifications doing rounds are the memory bus width of 128-bit, and standard memory amount of 2 GB. Out of the box, the card could offer performance comparable to a GeForce GTX 770, with much lower power draw, and a $200-ish price.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 to Retain Memory Bus from GTX 970

Among other things like CUDA core and TMU counts, NVIDIA was expected to give its next mid-range graphics card, the GeForce GTX 960, a narrower memory bus, with 3 GB of memory, if not less. A sample sniffed out by India's overly transparent customs department, en route testing facilities in the country, reveal that it's not the case.

The GeForce GTX 960, according to description given in the shipping manifest of the sample, features 4 GB of memory, with a full 256-bit wide memory interface. It also reveals clock speeds to be in the neighborhood of 993 MHz core, with 6.00 GHz memory (GDDR5-effective). It doesn't, however, confirm that the GTX 960 is based on a cut-down GM204 silicon. This could still be different chip, the so-called GM206, which succeeds the GK106.

No 20 nm GPUs from AMD This Year

It's not just NVIDIA, which will lack 20 nm GPUs in its portfolio this year. AMD senior vice-president Lisa Su, responding to a question by Wells Fargo, in its Q1 investors call, confirmed that her company will stay on 28 nm throughout 2014, and it's only later that it will move on to 20 nm, and FinFET after that. "I think what I said earlier sort of what we're doing in terms of technology strategy, we are 28 this year, we have 20-nanometer in design, and then FinFET thereafter. So that's the overall product portfolio," she said.

AMD and NVIDIA manufacture their GPUs on a common foundry, TSMC, which has faced delays in implementing its 20 nanometer silicon fab node transition, forcing both companies to come up with new GPUs on existing 28 nm nodes. A huge leap in performance could be a tough ask for those new GPUs. NVIDIA is expected to tape out its performance-segment GM204 and mid-range GM206 chips, both of which are 28 nm, later this month, and the first GeForce GTX products based on the two are expected to roll out by late-Q4 2014 and early-Q1 2015, respectively.

NVIDIA GM204 and GM206 to Tape-Out in April, Products to Launch in Q4?

It looks like things are going horribly wrong at TSMC, NVIDIA and AMD's principal foundry partner, with its 20 nm manufacturing process, which is throwing a wrench into the works at NVIDIA, forcing it to re-engineer an entire lineup of "Maxwell" GPUs based on existing 28 nm process. Either that, or NVIDIA is confident of delivering an efficiency leap using Maxwell on existing/mature 28 nm process, and saving costs in the process. NVIDIA is probably drawing comfort from the excellent energy-efficiency demonstrated by its Maxwell-based GeForce GTX 750 series. According to a report, NVIDIA's next mainline GPUs, the GM204 and GM206, which will be built on the 28 nm process, and "Maxwell" architecture, will tape out later this month. Products based on the two, however, can't be expected before Q4 2014, as late as December, or even as late as January 2015.

GM204 succeeds GK104 as the company's next workhorse performance-segment silicon, which could power graphics card SKUs ranging all the way from US $250 to $500. An older report suggests that it could feature as many as 3,200 CUDA cores. The GM204 could be taped out in April 2014, and the first GeForce products based on it could launch no sooner than December 2014. The GM206 is the company's next mid-range silicon, which succeeds GK106. It will tape out in April, alongside the GM204, but products based on it will launch only in January 2015. The GM200 is a different beast altogether. There's no mention of which process the chip will be based on, but it will succeed the GK110, and should offer performance increments worthy of being a successor. For that, it has to be based on the 20 nm process. It will tape-out in June 2014, and products based on it will launch only in or after Q2 2015.

GM107 Features 128 CUDA Cores Per Streaming Multiprocessor

NVIDIA's upcoming GM107 GPU, the first to be based on its next-generation "Maxwell" GPU architecture, reportedly features a different arrangement of CUDA cores and streaming multiprocessors to those typically associated with "Kepler," although the component hierarchy is similar. The chip reportedly features five streaming multiprocessors, highly integrated computation subunits of the GPU. NVIDIA is referring to these parts as "streaming multiprocessor (Maxwell)," or SMMs.

Further, each streaming multiprocessor features 128 CUDA cores, and not the 192 CUDA cores found in SMX units of "Kepler" GPUs. If true, GM107 features 640 CUDA cores, all of which will be enabled on the GeForce GTX 750 Ti. If NVIDIA is carving out the GTX 750 by disabling one of those streaming multiprocessors, its CUDA core count works out to be 512. NVIDIA will apparently build two GPUs on the existing 28 nm process, the GM107, and the smaller GM108; and three higher performing chips on the next-generation 20 nm process, the GM206, the GM204, and the GM200. The three, as you might have figured out, succeed the GK106, GK104, and GK110, respectively.
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