It has been two days since NVIDIA launched their GeForce Maxwell based GeForce 900 series graphics cards and reports are already emerging that more powerful variants might hit the market within a few month’s time frame. The report is from Nordichardware who confirmed through an MSI representative on Friday during an press conference who confirmed that they will skip their Lightning cooler variant of the Maxwell graphics card in favor of higher performance chips.
MSI Skips Lightning Cooler For Current GeForce Maxwell Chip
Now this is really interesting news considering GM204 is here to stay for a while and is the current flagship card in the GeForce 900 series family. However, we know that GM204 is a chip derivative of the Kepler GK104 and Fermi GF104 family which are considered mid-tier chips however since Kepler generation, NVIDIA has managed the tune the performance of these chips to match their counterparts flagship offerings and even their own and we have seen the GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 coming out not only faster than the GeForce GTX 780 and 780 Ti but also more power efficient. So there’s that but NVIDIA has a few more Maxwell chips in hand that we haven’t seen yet. They have a budget-tier chip called the GM206 which might be introduced later on with the GeForce GTX 960 or budget level offerings while the true flagship chip aka the GM200 (we can’t confirm whether it will be called the GM200 or GM210 but let’s stick with the former for now since it did leak in the shipping manifestos a while ago) will arrive a while later.
MSI themselves are saying that their Gaming Twin Frozr V cooling is enough for the current GM204 based graphics card however the bigger and more badder Lightning GPU cooler will only be adopted for the high performance chip variants. Do note that the GM204 chip featured on the GeForce GTX 980 is a full chip, so there’s no extra cores, no extra SM (Maxwell) units and no room for internal specifications changes. They can boost the clock speeds but seriously, there are custom variants which already do that and do it much better than NVIDIA’s reference designs.