Nvidia Reportedly Stopped Maxwell GM204 and GM200 Production

Winding down production of a soon to be discontinued product is industry standard practice. When you see production of current models cease, that’s when you know the next generation is just around to corner. Two weeks ago, we brought you news that Nvidia may have stopped GTX 980Ti production. Now it seems that Nvidia has also ceased production of 2 other Maxwell-based GPUs in preparation of Pascal.

According to HWBattle, both of the GM204 based GPUs are no longer being supplied to AiB partners. This means the GTX 970 and 980 will disappear off store shelves sometime between the next 2 months given a normal logistics situation. At the same time, this means the replacements for GM200 and GM204 are well on their way and may arrive within 2 months as well. This is perfect for the late May launch at Computex.

As we’ve reported before, the replacements will be the 3 GP104 chips that will be called GTX 1080, 1070 and 1060Ti. These are the GP104-400, GP104-200 and GP104-150 respectively. Furthermore, the usual practice of launching reference cards first followed by custom ones will not be followed by the GTX 1070. Instead, the custom cards will launch at the same time as the reference models. With Computex just around the corner, we’ll all find out soon what GeForce Pascal truly is like.

Nvidia Prepping Dual-GPU Graphics Card

Dual GPU graphics card have been common over the [ast few generations and it looks like Nvidia is about to launch another one. Set to use the Maxwell architecture, the new dual-GPU card will feature 2 GM200 class GPUs, the same ones that power the GTX 980Ti and Titan X.

Back in the Fermi generation, Nvidia had the GTX 590 which was followed up by the GTX 690 with Kepler. Both cards were relatively well received. Looking to make use of their Titan brand, Nvidia then pushed for the Titan Z, essentially 2 Titan Blacks. That card, unfortunately (or, fortunately, depending on where you stand) flopped heavily due to an exorbitant $3000 price tag. This time around, we will likely see a return to more sane pricing, with two GTX 980Ti equivalents priced about $1500.

Given the tight time frames, a Maxwell based dual-GPU flagship likely means Pascal won’t be dropping for a while. After all, Nvidia won’t want those who shelled ou top dollar for the new card to feel burned with Pascal drops with a new architecture, memory interface, and better performance. This does cement the fact that Nvidia will probably launch most of Pascal with HBM2, with maybe a few select cards using HBM1, similar to what AMD has done.

It’s interesting to hear of this Nvidia now so close to AMD’s dual Fury GPU. The R9 Fury X2 is set to feature two of AMD’s top line Fiji chips and would have likely dominated the market for single board graphics cards. With this new card, Nvidia will be able to offer some stiff competition given Maxwell’s strength. It is important to note that Crossfire does scale a bit better than SLI, leading to AMD’s 7990 and 295X2 doing quite well.

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MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 980Ti ‘OC’ 6GB Graphics Card Review

Introduction and Packaging


MSI is one of those names you think of when compiling a list of computer components. You know that the amount of testing and quality control that goes into each product released will shine through in performance and longevity. MSI produces some of the best looking, cooling, sounding and performing graphics cards on the market thanks to the military grade components that go into every card.

Today on the test bench is the MSI Gaming GTX 980Ti OC edition. MSI has given this card the magic touch with a custom PCB and the epic Twin Frozr V cooling solution. The new design features a brand new fan design called TORX fan, this includes a fan blade that forces air down into the heatsink and out faster than conventional fan blades.

Since the launch of the GTX 980Ti, it has been adored the world over by enthusiasts of both AMD and NVIDIA. Based on a cut-down version of the GM200 GPU found in the Titan X, the GTX 980Ti seemed like it would lag behind the Titan X by around 10%, however, that never was the case. This graphics card pretty much dethroned the Titan X overnight thanks to the sub-vendors ability to customise the cooling designs and huge price difference.

The outer box resembles the rest of the GeForce range of graphics cards made by MSI. A small amount of information on the front with the MSI Gaming dragon dominating in terms of colour.

The back of the box is filled with key MSI features, mainly focusing on the Twin Frozr V cooling solution.

Inside the main box, you’ll find a slimmer box containing the accessories.

The accessories include a user guide, product series ‘catalogue’, driver disc, DVi to VGA adapter and a 6-pin PCIe power to 8-pin adapter.

NVIDIA Shows New DirectX 12 Graphics on GTX 980Ti

NVIDIA is really looking forward to bring consumers the best graphics solution in the latest Windows 10 and DirectX 12. According to 4Gamer, the latest Mech Ti video emphasises what the company has in store for its GM200 core in the GTX 980 Ti.

The demo brings new insights on NVIDIA’s Ray Traced Shadows, Sparse Smoke and Screen Space Refections technology, which looks to be very promising. The Ray Traced Shadows looks to deliver extremely sharp shadows, which compensate in performance by blurring the shadow edges a bit, depending on the ray distance. This looks to be heading to a more realistic shadow representation.

The Sparse Smoke technique adds some long anticipated fluid physics calculations as we can clearly see in the demo. This means that the smoke can now easily interact with objects passing through it and also do some lighting calculations to render its density properly. When it comes to processing power, the Volume Tiled Resources now helps take some load off the CPU by skipping a couple of frames and rendering everything based on importance rather than have everything calculated at once.

Lastly, the Screen Space Reflections might not be anything new to DirectX 12. Still, the technique brings a way for reflective surfaces to capture objects from their surroundings through rays and display them in a 2D manner on the actual surface. This reminds us of how Crytek came up with the Realtime Local Reflections way of displaying reflections, which took a similar approach to what NVIDIA wants to show us here.

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GeForce GTX 980 Ti Is Ready, but We’ll Have to Wait a Little

AMD is getting ready to launch their new 300 series very soon and Nvidia isn’t just standing by on the sidelines to watch, they want to be prepared. According to the latest leaks coming through Sweclockers, who have an impressive track record of being right on the spot with Nvidia rumours, Nvidia already has their new GeForce GTX 980 Ti ready, they just don’t want to release it yet.

The timeframe for the GTX 980 Ti is still set to the end of Q2 or Q3 2015, but with the option to switch it up and release it earlier in case AMD’s new flagship GPUs will kick their butts. I know that many people are waiting for the card, based on comments on our previous articles, but this is also good news. It will give Nvidia time to optimise and tweak the card, give board-partners more time to create better custom PCB and cooler solutions, but also to improve on it in case AMD’s 300 series cards will surpass the leaked performance figures.

The sad side of the news is however that it looks pretty much like the Titan X with half the memory. The GTX 980 Ti will feature the full version of the GM200 core with 3072 CUDA cores, 192 texture units and a 384-bit memory interface for the 6GB VRAM. Where the Titan X is running in at the $999 price tag, the GTX 980 Ti will most likely cost around $699.

Thank you Sweclockers for providing us with this information

Nvidia GTX 980 Ti Coming This Summer?

The rumour mill is spinning with full force this morning, as the guys at SweClockers report that Nvidia will be launching a more affordable GM200 based GPU this summer.

The new card, expected to be the GeForce GTX 980 Ti, will feature the GM200 hardware with 2072 CUDA cores, the same as the current Titan X. However, the card is expected to feature less memory and perhaps a few other refinements to help bring the cost down to something more affordable.

What’s crazy is that the Titan X is already proving a big hit, Nvidia is actually selling their $1000 cards like crazy, despite the concerns most of us have when we check our bank balances or try explaining such a fanciful purchase to our SO. If Nvidia can get much of the performance of the Titan X into a price point that won’t be such a bitter pill to swallow, then that can only be a good thing for consumers, because I think we can all agree that flagship GPU prices are getting out of hand.

The 980 Ti seems like a sure thing, especially given it will no doubt launch at the GAME24 event and be around the same time as the AMD 3xx series launches; Nvidia would be mad not to have something to compete with at that time.

Image courtesy of Videocardz.

Official Titan X Specifications Leaked, Launch Set in 24 Hours

VideoCards has just leaked the official specifications of NVIDIA’s GTX Titan X, having them match everything that has been leaked before.

As we all know, the Titan X houses the GM200 core, which is the successor of the GM204. One of the problems found in the GM204 was the lack of FP64 performance and if the GM200 is able to address that, we are looking at a worthy successor to the GK110-based original Titan chip.

There are two inconsistencies however, one linked to the other. The memory clock was thought to be 2000 MHz (8000 in total), however the table shows the memory is 1753 MHz. This in turn affects the memory bandwidth due to the fact that a 2000 MHz memory clock would have given the card a 384 GB/s output, but instead only 336 GB/s are outputted if the memory frequency turns out to be the one displayed in the table.

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GTX 980 Ti or GTX Titan Incoming?

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 and 970 have barely arrived and the dust hasn’t even settled yet. That doesn’t hold anyone back though and we’re getting new leaks on the next generation of cards, or rather just the GPU so far.

A Czech IT publication got their hands on images and information on the new GM200 chips. If the normal schedule holds up, we can expect cards with this GPU in about 2 months time. These are rumours and unconfirmed information, but the site has been accurate in their predictions and leaks about the GTX 980 and 970, as well as many other products.

The future graphics card equipped with the Gm204 GM200 chip might be named GTX 980 Ti, or it could be a possible new GTX Titan. The GM200 has a die size of 551 mm² and is still built on the 28 nm technology. It is said to have 20-22 SMM’s and 2560-2816 CUDA cores. The memory bus runs on a 384-bit interface and the amount should be increased to 6 GB.

Allegedly the new GPU can perform 50% higher than the current GTX Titan Black and double that of the 780 Ti. All of this while consuming less power. The two mentioned cards use about 250 watts each, where the new cards are speculated to use just 200 watts, or possibly even less. That isn’t much for that kind of power.

According to the rumours, the core is done and test samples have been sent to customers. The source also revealed a dual-core flagship GTX 990 using GM204 cores, something that I’m sure will get consumers excited in many. The possible launch time is mentioned as December, which would fit well into the normal schedule from tape-out to finished product. Merry Gaming Christmas indeed. Or could this indeed be scheduled for CES 2015 in January?

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Nvidia Preparing “GTX Titan II” – Over 4000 CUDA Cores and 512-Bit Bus

An Nvidia product going by the description of a “GM200 A1 Graphics Processor” has been spotted in shipment from Taiwan to Bangalore where it will arrive at an Nvidia facility for further testing. The A1 stepping signifies the pre-production status of the chip and it will be upgraded to an A2 stepping before being pushed into mass production for the consumer market. According to the source the GM200/GK210 codename GPU will be built on the 28nm fabrication process using Maxwell architecture. GM200/GK210 is rumoured to feature over 4000 CUDA cores and a widened memory bus of 512 bits. Given the size of the 28nm process this new GPU will be very larger, over 600 mm². Nvidia will have to rely on the efficiency gains of the Maxwell architecture in order to keep such a large chip running cool. The GM200/GK210 GPU will form the next generation of Titan flagship, for now called the GTX Titan II. Expect the launch to be in the first half of 2015.

Source: 3DCenter.org

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Nvidia GTX 800 Flagship “GM200” GPU Spotted In Transit

Recently we brought you some news about the upcoming Nvidia GTX 800 series and now some more details have come to light. While these are rumours, and as such should be treated with all the relevant precautions, the information still seems interesting. Nvidia’s GM200 Maxwell-based flagship GPU has been spotted in transit in India. The GM200 GPU will be the top of the line Maxwell based GPU die that will probably form the top next-generation Nvidia GPUs. The GM200 is going to be replacing the current flagship GK110 GPU (which forms the GTX Titan Z, Titan Black, Titan, 780 Ti and 780). The value of the transit is so significantly large that it can be inferred that this is one of the first GM200, if not the first, units being shipped from TSMC since they begun 20nm production of next-gen GPUs. Another potential explanation is that it could be a Loadboard interface for testing GM200 based GPU samples, hence the high price because it is not just a GPU but machinery for testing them. Early GM204 samples shipped with a 10,000 to 30,000 INR value per unit for some perspective, meaning this is 200 times the value. The part in transit is rumoured to be a 20nm node sample produced by TSMC on Nvidia’s request. Given the early stages of development a final launch of the GTX 800 series based on the GM200 GPU is at least 8 months away if not longer. The expected release date for the GTX 800 series based on this new development is the second quarter of 2015.

Source: WCCFTech

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Nvidia GM107 GPU Detailed, Will Form GTX 750 and GTX 750 Ti

VideoCardz have managed to get a hold of the new Nvidia GM107 GPU die layout. The GM107 is based on the next-generation Maxwell GPU architecture and according to rumours it contains a very different layout to its predecessor “Kepler”. In the GM107 die, which is expected to form the GTX 750 and GTX 750Ti, there are five SMM (streaming multiprocessors) blocks which each contain 128 CUDA cores. This makes it different to Kepler where one SMX unit contained 192 CUDA cores. If these rumours and the above image is true it means that the GM107 features 640 CUDA cores. Apparently all five SMM units are enabled on the GTX 750 Ti meaning it gets all 640 CUDA cores while the GTX 750 is rumoured to have one of these disabled meaning 512 CUDA cores in total.

Apparently the GM107 and another smaller (read: slower performing) chip, the GM108, are both to be built on the 28nm process with the Maxwell architecture. In terms of the higher end the GM206, GM204 and GM200 are the three GPU dies that will succeed the GK106, GK104 and GK110 respectively. These GPUs are expected to be built from Maxwell with a 20nm, not 28nm, process.

Image courtesy of VideoCardz.com, Via TechPowerUp