The title says it all, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 will retail at an official MSRP of just $299 US. While we earlier speculated a price point of around $349 US, it seems like NVIDIA is going to surprise everyone by selling the GTX 970 for just $299 US which is quite the sweet spot for gamers aiming for 1080P and 1440P resolutions.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 Official MSRP Will Be $299 US
The news was broke by one of our most trusted sources who revealed that NVIDIA’s second best Maxwell offering in the GeForce 900 series will retail for just $299 US. The source didn’t reveal the exact MSRP for the GTX 980 but told that it could be anywhere around $449 up to $499 US. But the pricing for the GeForce GTX 970 is more or les confirmed and that’s really good news for the entire PC gaming community. I am pretty sure NVIDIA will have a deal or two on their upcoming cards which might add even more value such as a bundle for Borderlands: The Pre Sequel or Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt which will entice users even more to migrate towards the green team.
That’s all that was confirmed however it also makes me wonder, how will NVIDIA fill the massive gap between the GTX 980 and GTX. Suppose the GeForce GTX 980 does end up with a $499 US price which seems likely then there’s a good $200 difference between the two cards and NVIDIA needs something in between to fill the gap. Now here’s what I think (do note that every word posted after this line is speculation), the GeForce GTX 970 has three SMM units disabled so we see two chip variants of the GM204 SKU. The GM204-200 fused on the GeForce GTX 970 has 13 SMM units with 1664 cores while the GeForce GTX 980 has 16 SMM units with 2048 CUDA Cores. We haven’t seen such a large amount of units disabled in a generational switch. The GeForce GTX 680 and 670 had 1 SMX difference while the GeForce GTX 580 and 570 also had 1 SM difference. The GeForce 700 series did change a few things but even those cards had 2 SMX units difference between the GTX 780 and 1 SMX unit difference between the Titan and Titan Black / GTX 780 Ti.