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It looks like NVIDIA will unveil its GeForce GTX 880 sometime next month at a press event, but what to expect from NVIDIA for its next-gen GPU? We shouldn't expect too much in the performance department, but a decent price is something we can smile about.
VideoCardz.com is reporting that the GeForce GTX 880 will be announced mid next month, with retail availability of the GPU starting in late September. When it comes to the nuts and bolts of the GeForce GTX 880, we should expect NVIDIA to offer up 4GB and 8GB GDDR5 versions, both on a 256-bit bus. The best part about the GTX 880 will be its price, which is expected to fall somewhere around $400-$500 price range.
When it comes to performance, we should expect it to obviously beat the GK104-based GTX 780, and hopefully beat the GTX 780 Ti. By how much, we don't know. I think we can expect it to fall 10% either side of the GTX 780 Ti, and at $400-$450, this is going to push the prices of the GTX 780, and GTX 780 Ti down, too.
What better way to fund your PC upgrades than hitting Kickstarter, eh? Alex Schank is a YouTube video creator who has content on channels such as AStereotypicalGamer or BasementPresentation, but his video card just died and he has "no where else to turn".
Schank's NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 died recently, and he wants to raise $350 to buy himself a new GeForce GTX 780 Ti. Right now Schank has received absolutely no money toward his goal, with 14 days left to raise $350. He has promised that if he receives the $350, he will "be making regular videos again and streaming on Twitch.tv once more".
According to the latest rumors, NVIDIA could unveil its next-gen GeForce GTX 800 series sometime in the next couple of months. SweClockers is the site behind the tease, stating that NVIDIA will unveil its new GTX 870 and GTX 880 GPUs in October or November.
We already know that the upcoming GTX 800 series will be a powerhouse series of video cards, with the two GPUs being positioned for the high-end market. The GTX 870 and GTX 880 will replace the current GTX 780 and GTX 780 Ti video cards, with the new GM204-based hardware. The last time we heard about the GTX 880, we heard that it sported 8GB of RAM and a 375W TDP.
The GeForce GTX 800 series should arrive on the 28nm process, and not the 20nm process like some thought it would. The biggest tease is that NVIDIA is rumored to launch its GeForce GTX 990 early next year, something that would truly break some speed records as it will be based on the 16nm process, skipping the 20nm process entirely.
We know it's coming, but we don't know what exactly to expect. AMD is preparing its mammoth new GPU, which will be a huge 500sq.mm+ GPU, something that will arrive into our hands as the Radeon R9 390X.
AMD's new Radeon R9 390X is being designed by Synapse Design, a company that recently announced new GPU tapeouts - including two 28HPM silicons. The first is the massive 500sq.mm+, which will be as powerful as 20nm SoC technology, which should end up being the new R9 390X. The R9 390X should have a core clock of over 1GHz, but will unfortunately not feature High Bandwidth Memory, or HBM.
We should begin to hear more on the new GPUs as time goes by - but if these rumors are correct, the Radeon R9 390X is shaping up to be a beast.
It looks like NVIDIA isn't going to sit on its hands when it comes to the GTX TITAN, with the GPU maker reportedly working on a GM200-based GTX TITAN II. This new GPU will arrive as soon as early 2015.
According to German tech site 3DCenter.org, specifications of some new GPUs are also here with us, above. We can see the GM200 and GM204 GPUs will reportedly be built on the 28nm process. We heard a couple of days ago that NVIDIA would skip the 20nm process, moving onto the 16nm process, but nothing is in concrete right now.
The GM200 however, will feature over 4,000 CUDA cores, and should come with a much wider, and much anticipated 512-bit memory bus. If we expect it to be baked onto the 28nm process, this is going to be one gigantic, titan of a GPU. NVIDIA is going to have to leverage the energy efficiency of its Maxwell architecture in order to keep the thermals under control. We should expect the GM200-based GTX TITAN II to launch early next year.
Now that we've passed into the second half of 2014, we should expect some new GPUs in the coming months. But what is more exciting, is what is coming in the first half of 2015 according to a new report from SemiAccurate.
We should expect NVIDIA to skip the 20nm process completely, moving directly from 28nm into 16nm. This is just a rumor right now, but if it ends up happening, 2015 is going to be one of the most exciting years for GPUs in a very long time. This would see NVIDIA release the GeForce GTX 990 under the Maxwell architecture, from the GM204B core.
If NVIDIA does skip the 20nm process, we should see some seriously fast GPUs appearing, with much lower than expected power consumption. The core count should also be lower when compared to the GeForce GTX 700 series, as Maxwell is a much more efficient architecture compared to Kepler. So before we have the GTX 800 series, we're already foaming at the mouth about the GTX 900 series. It won't stop there, as we should see NVIDIA unveil the GeForce 1000 series sometime in the next 18-24 months, too.
Legendary overclocker Vince "K|NGP|N" Lucido, along with the help of Illya "Tin" Tsemenko, have smashed a GPU overclocking record. The overclocking duo used the EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified K|NGP|N Edition video card, cranking its core to a record-breaking 2GHz.
The GK110-powered GPU was clocked to exactly 2025MHz, which is the highest clock rate reached by a graphics processor, ever. The EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified K|NGP|N Edition video card was co-designed by K|NGP|N and Tin, featuring enhanced PLL circuitry, improved GPU power plane, 10CM fans, a special backplate, preinstalled dedicated PWM baseplate, voltage regulation enhancements and more.
Even at the default 1072MHz core clock speed on the GPU, it is faster than most of the GTX 780 Ti GPUs on the market, but at 2GHz, it really flies. K|NGP|N said: "In order to break world records these days you need some serious hardware. This card was engineered to serve one purpose... be the world's best overclocking video card. Expect GPU clockspeeds at over 1.85GHz with extreme cooling".
Chinese website GamerSky has posted up photos that they are calling a GeForce GTX 880 engineering sample, and boy do they paint quite the picture. The prototype that is in the photos below has some incredible specs behind it, with 8GB of RAM to start things off.
We should expect two variants to launch, with a GeForce GTX 880 with 4GB of RAM, and another with 8GB of RAM. From here, we have 3 PCIe power connectors, two 6-pin connectors and a single 8-pin connector for a total power draw of 375W. This is an insane number, but we are looking at a 28nm-based Maxwell GPU, and not the 20nm GPU that will pave the way for lower power draw and temperatures.
We should hopefully see the GeForce GTX 880 materialize before the end of the year, with a refreshed GTX 990 on the 20nm process expected for 2015 - this is me guessing here, but I think we'll see it happen.
According to a report, AMD is all set to use its mid-end 'Tonga' GPU cores on its existing cards, Radeon R9 280 and R9 280X GPUs. The upcoming core will be replacing the existing Tahiti Pro core that used on these cards coming August.
Once the existing two models use the newer core, they will no longer be re-branded versions of AMD Radeon HD 7950 and HD 7970 GPUs. The pricing of the newer cards is not known yet, however the R9 280 retails for $299.
It's still not confirmed if this new core will be based on 20nm fabrication process, though its assumed that it will more efficient than its predecessor. Its unclear if there would be a performance in comparison with the existing R9 280 and 280X cards. It is speculated that the newer cards will use have 2GB GDDR5, though it should be noted that the current variants are with 3GB GDDR5.
It looks like AMD is preparing itself a new GPU, the Hawaii XTX. Right now we have the Hawaii PRO, which is the Radeon R9 290, and the Hawaii XT, which arrives to us in the form of the high-end Radeon R9 290X.
The new Hawaii XTX will arrive in retail form as the Radeon R9 295X, and will feature the full 48 Compute Units - compared to the 40 on the R9 290 and 44 on the R9 290X. Better yet, there will be 3072 cores, this is an increase from the 2816 cores found on the already fast R9 290X. When it comes to TMUs, this will be increased from the 176 on the 290X to 192 on the 295X. The ROP count will stay at 64.
The question now sits with pricing - will AMD be competitive, because these specs will allow the company to compete directly with the GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK Edition, as well as the GTX 780 Ti. Because of the increased specs, we should expect the Radeon R9 295X to arrive with custom cooling from AMD's various partners in SAPPHIRE, MSI, and more.