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The GTX 980 and GTX 970 have been released by Nvidia yesterday and several reviews can be found online including ours. Which you should definitely check out if you haven’t already. The new cards not only push performance up but also do it with better efficiency and much more attractive pricing. But that’s not all, Maxwell overclocks much better than Nvidia’s previous architecture Kepler featured in the GTX 600 and 700 series (except the 750 and 750 Ti, those are baby Maxwells).NVIDIA Maxwell GM204

GTX 980 Pushed To The Extreme !

Reviewer’s managed to push aftermarket GTX 980 and GTX 970 cards from Gigabyte and Asus to 1500mhz+ and 1400mhz+ respectively on air. That’s 150-250mhz higher than what was possible on previous generation kepler cards which is quite an achievement.

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Today, NVIDIA finally unleashes their high-performance GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 graphics card. NVIDIA’s latest graphics cards feature the second generation Maxwell architecture which is the most advanced GPU ever built by NVIDIA featuring great performance and delivering higher efficiency in terms of power input. The Maxwell architecture revolutionizes the graphics industry setting new standards for NVIDIA gamers and fans.NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Graphics Card

NVIDIA Unleashes Maxwell GM204 Based GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 Graphics Cards

We have waited for several years for Maxwell to hit the market. While NVIDIA initially released the first core as the GM107 which was based on the first generation architecture design, the GM204 is based on the latest and improved, second generation Maxwell core architecture which adopts some new technologies. So before we go talk about the cards, let’s take a recap of the architectural details we have come to know about GM204.

NVIDIA GM204 GPU Architecture

The GM204 is the heart of the next generation GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 graphics cards. The chip makes use of the second generation Maxwell core architecture that has faster per core performance than first generation Maxwell based chips (GM107) which were released with the GeForce GTX 750 and GeForce GTX 750 Ti graphics cards and has several new features which deliver better performance and great power efficiency making GeForce GTX 980 one of the most efficient flagship offering in history. NVIDIA has changed since their Kepler generation of cards. Before Kepler, NVIDIA was known to release cards which ran hot and consumed a ton of power and the failure rates of the previous generation cards were pretty high. Though, NVIDIA did manage to release some great cards over the period, the G80 based GeForce 8000 GTX and the price/performance king, GTX 460 are still considered one of the greatest NVIDIA cards that came to market.

Kepler changed certain things, NVIDIA moved away from their branding scheme where users were able to buy HPC chips rebranded for the GeForce audience. The first Kepler GPU, the GK104 was branded as the GeForce card and while it was fast, it wasn’t the fastest compared to another chip which NVIDIA had in their hands for over a year. I am talking about the GK110 which was geared towards the professional market such as the Tesla super computer. The GK110 did launch a year later but it since then, NVIDIA has configured their core lineup to span two generations, one with the gaming minded chip and the follow up would be the full fledged HPC chip. There’s a reason for NVIDIA to advertise the GeForce GTX Titan Z as a professional and gaming card even though it clearly has a GeForce name in its branding. The Titan Z makes use of two GK110 chips which are the compute crunching beasts compared to the GK104 which focused on gaming features by excluding all the non essential features such as compute. So while the GM104 based GTX 980 will obviously replace GK110 based GTX 780 Ti in branding, the real comparison in branding should be GM104 versus the GK104. Regardless of this, the GTX 980 is a superb card which beats GK110 on an existing process node.

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[Update]: Even more performance numbers along with official slides from the press deck have been posted by PCPOP (Via Videocardz). You can see them at the bottom of this post with some nifty details. We will cover the features in full details in a bit to see how Maxwell actually works out.

This first performance review of NVIDIA’s Maxwell based GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 graphics cards have been leaked. The review was leaked over at Expreview however it has since been removed but we were able to grab most of the performance slides to show you the performance comparisons between NVIDIA’s new and improved Maxwell core architecture versus GK110 and Hawaii.NVIDIA Maxwell GM204

NVIDIA Maxwell GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 Performance Numbers Leaked

The performance numbers leaked were for the reference GeForce GTX 980 and a slightly overclocked ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 model. Before we take a look at the performance results, let’s take a quick recap at the specs of NVIDIA’s upcoming cards listed below:

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In case you’ve missed it Videocardz.com put out a story yesterday claiming that AMD may have cancelled the R9 285X. The claim is based off a tweet sent out by AMD’s Robert Hallock (@Thracks) . AMD made it quite clear in the tweet that there’s only going to be the R9 285. This basically confirms what Videocardz.com has said doesn’t it ? the 285X was obviously cancelled… Well actually no, it doesn’t and here’s why.

R9 285

R9 285X Was Never Cancelled Because it Never Existed in the First Place

The AMD Radeon R9 285X is a card that was solely conjured by media speculation, it was never announced by AMD. When the R9 285 was released in early September the media was told that the Tonga GPU actually has 32 compute units in total. Which amounts to 2048 GCN cores, 256 GCN cores more than what the R9 285 has.
Extremetech.com said the following in their R9 285 review.

AMD has confirmed to us that the new chip has 32 CUs total (with 28 functional), implying that AMD has the option to bring a new version of the core out if it chooses to do so

This obviously meant that there was going to be another card later on which makes use of the fully unlocked Tonga chip. The media assumed that this chip would be the R9 285X. It’s a fair assumption, logically there’s really nothing wrong with it except that it remains an assumption. We’ve reached out to AMD and according to them an R9 285X graphics product officially doesn’t exist.

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The launch date for the upcoming Nvidia GTX 980 and GTX 970 is finally here and EVATech and Videocardz have released the pictures of the Maxwell Flagships in all their glory. The pictures are the official press deck shots and close-ups of the Maxwell cards along with review pictures. The card looks quite similar to the Titan aesthetics we have come to rely on. Needless to say, the leak scene won this one.NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980_13

Nvidia Geforce GTX 980 and GTX 970 Picture Closeups – DirectX 12 Finally Arrives

This is one huge leak, although it is to be expected considering the launch is now practically on our proverbial doorstep. Something very interesting going to happen tomorrow on the 18th of September 2014 and no prizes for guessing what. The evening is a pretty important part of the day, and no doubt you will want to stick close to an Internet capable device during the same. I absolutely loathe spoilers of my favorite books and series, but where tech is concerned, the more the merrier. Without any further ado, the GTX 980 and 970:

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Listings for  GTX 980 and GTX 970 cards have been spotted at a German retailer. Both listings confirm our previous exclusive that we’ve recently published. Pricing for both the GTX 980 and GTX 970 cards has been confirmed.

GTX 980

GTX 980 And 970 Official MSRP Will Be $549 And $299-349 US Respectively

As we’ve previously disclosed in our exclusive. The GTX 980 will retail for $549 and custom GTX 970s will retail for about $329 to $349. Reference GTX 970 cards will be sold to OEMs at a more attractive $299.

GTX 980 and GTX 970 listed at BORA Computer for 539€ (click on image to view in full size)
GTX 980 listing

GTX 970 listing

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The Nvidia Shield Tablet is a niche product that has yet to fully demonstrate its potential, however Sweclockers reveals that the controller that you get with the tablet is getting windows compliant drivers this fall. For the tech averse, yes, this means you can use the Tablet Shield Controller to play games on your PC. Shield_controller_0003_Layer+3+0001

Windows PC Capability for Nvidia Shield Tablet Controller Landing this Fall

To be honest, I am not quite sure why you would use the shield controller to play games on your PC, since there are literally tons of controllers out there, but it certainly unlocks a nice functionality for existing Shield users. The PlayStation Vita has found its ‘niche’ as a streaming device for the PlayStation 4 and it appears that the Shield Tablet is angling for a somewhat similar place in your lounge.

The ability of Steam and Nvidia Control Panel to stream in-house, or via your local WiFi/LAN network, is proving to be a game changer for the usual living room scenario. While cloud based gaming is still unfeasible due to high latency and transmission quality, there is nothing stopping you from playing a game with negligible latency over your local network. This is where the shield tablet comes in. You can have a ultra  high end PC doing the grunt work and broadcasting the game to your tablet; basically a division of the back and front end. Connect the Shield Tablet to a Television and get the Shield Controller and you have yourself the slimmest pseudo-console with the capability to output games in 4k (from your PC).

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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.GeForce GTX 970

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.

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EVGA has teased their next generation GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 graphics card which will make use of their latest ACX 2.0 cooler with ball bearing design. The GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 will be the first true high-performance Maxwell graphics card which will feature one of the most efficient GPU in the history of the graphics industry.EVGA GeForce GTX 980 ACX

EVGA GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 To Feature ACX 2.0 Cooler

One year ago, EVGA who are one of the major and most recognized board partner of NVIDIA released their ACX cooler for the GeForce GTX 780 and GeForce GTX 770 graphics cards. Those were the first NVIDIA GeForce 700 series cards to hit the market at that point of time and now that Maxwell GeForce 900 series is arriving, EVGA is yet again preparing a new variant of their ACX cooler known as the ACX 2.0. EVGA hasn’t gone with any fancy name for the card and just kept things simple by calling it ACX2 (Active Cooling Xtreme 2.0). EVGA has uploaded a teaser video of the ACX 2.0 cooler on their YouTube page which can be seen below:

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The final specifications and the architectural details regarding the GM204 GPU fused inside NVIDIA’s next generation and flagship Maxwell graphics card, the GeForce GTX 980 have been revealed by Videocardz. NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 launch in just three days on Friday but we have already started looking at preliminary performance results, several non-reference graphics cards from AIB vendors along with tons of new information regarding these chips.NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Graphics Card and GM204 GPU Detailed

Starting with the GM204 GPU which makes use of the second generation Maxwell core architecture that has faster per core performance than first generation Maxwell based chips (GM107) before it and has several new features which deliver better performance and great power efficency making GeForce GTX 980 one of the most efficient flagship offering in history. This is all achieved with the 28nm process node so one can imagine about the numbers we can expect when NVIDIA hops to an even lower process in the future. However, people are still worried about the fact that not being on a 20nm process doesn’t make the GTX 980 as a worthy contender to the Kepler architecture but that’s not true since the card has achieved some great feats and we will be able to see that in the performance reviews which arrive this weekend.

Alright, so the GM204 has two variants, the GM204-400 which is fused on the GeForce GTX 980 and the GM204-200 which is fused on the GeForce GTX 970. We know a lot about the GeForce GTX 970 since a few weeks now but the real flagship part to be discussed is the GeForce GTX 980’s GM204-400 chip. The GM204 chip features 4 GPC (Graphics Processing Clusters) which feature four SMM blocks each. These blocks include four logic units each which consist of 32 cores so in total, a single SMM unit results in 128 Cores while the 16 blocks available on the GM204-400 chip equate to 2048 CUDA Cores. The GM204-200 has three less SMM units which result in a lower core count of 1664 thus making it around as fast as the GeForce GTX 780 while the GTX 980 will tackle the GeForce GTX 980 with a good 15-20% performance lead.

ASUS GeForce GTX 970 STRIX
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NVIDIA is going to launch their GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 graphics cards on 19th September however several non-reference and reference models have started appearing on the web. Today, we are looking at the GeForce GTX 970 and GeForce GTX 980 models from AIB partners ASUS and Gainward that feature the latest GM204 GPU.Gainward GeForce GTX 970

ASUS GeForce GTX 970 STRIX and Gainward GeForce GTX 970 Phantom Pictured

The leaks come from Videocardz and Computerbase and the cards shown are the final variants which will be available to purchase on Friday, this week. Before looking at the cards, let me list down the specifications for the GM204-200 GPU which is being featured across the GeForce GTX 970 graphics card while the GTX 980 will adopt the GM204-400 GPU which is the fully enabled GM204 chip.

NVIDIA’s GeForce GX 970 features 13 SMM units placed in 4 GPC (Graphics Processing Clusters). Since each SMM unit has 128 CUDA cores, 32 in each logic unit (32 x 4), the total number of CUDA cores equates to 1664 on the die. From the first generation Maxwell core architecture, we learned that a Maxwell SMM (Streaming Multiprocessor Maxwell) unit has 128 cores compared to 192 on the current generation Kepler SMX units. The cores fused on the GeForce Maxwell generation of graphics cards were shows at 35% faster than Kepler cores but the percentage is increased with the second generation Maxwell architecture due to a mature process and architecture design that enables amazing power efficiency.

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Looks like Videocardz has finally spilled the beans on the specs of the Maxwell Flagship, Geforce GTX 980. And its shaping up to validate the Chiphell leak we published a week ago. We can’t release the die shot of the GPU for certain reasons this time, but if VCZ has posted this, you can be rest assured its true.Maxwell-GTX-980-

Maxwell Flagship Geforce GTX 980 Rocks 2048 CUDA Cores with 16 SMMs

As you already know both cards were launching on the 19th of September, 12:01 AM PDT to be exact but the date has now been moved one day earlier to 18th September at 7:30 PM PST. While the GTX 970 is completely ready, Nvidia was having some trouble with custom GTX 980 cards so there is a slight possibility that Custom GTX 980s will be delayed. The Geforce GTX 980 has 16 Streaming Maxwell Multiprocessors (SMM) which in turn have 128 CUDA cores each, bringing the total to 2048.

Since the wattage of the GTX 970 is 148W, the 980 should have a maximum of 180W TDP, although the actual number should be less. With 2048 Maxwell cores we are looking at more or less GTX 780 Ti performance at decent clocks and more at high clocks. Which once again validates the Chiphell leak I mentioned above. Sadly for performance minded enthusiasts (myself included) this means that Nvidia is chasing power efficiency. This, in my personal opinion, should not factor much in a high end product. On the GTX 970 die, you can notice the nomenclature GM204-200-A1, and as VCZ reveals, the nomenclature for the GTX 980 die will be GM204-400-A1. Both the 970 and the 980 feature two 6 Pin connectors, 256Bit Bus and 224GB/s of bandwidth. The leak scene for this generation of Nvidia products appear to be drawing to a close, but there is still the big launch to look forward to. And ofcourse the curious case of the GM200 GPU.

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The latest update regarding NVIDIA’s Maxwell generation of graphics cards is upon us with Videocardz bringing in first pictures of the reference based GeForce GTX 980. The GeForce GTX 980 will be NVIDIA’s flagship graphics of the GeForce 900 series lineup followed by the GeForce GTX 970 and GeForce GTX 960. NVIDIA’s GeForce 900 series Maxwell will be tuned for gaming performance delivering performance on par with the GK110 core under 180W for the GeForce GTX 980 and under 150W for the GeForce GTX 970.NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 “Maxwell” Pictured – Features NVTTM Cooler

Let’s start with the design which is the focus of this leak. NVIDIA is reintroducing their NVTTM cooler on their GeForce 900 series cards. While the GeForce GTX 970 uses a reference design carried over from the GeForce GTX 660/760, the GeForce GTX 980 will make use of an update and denser NVTTM cooler which we have seen on the GeForce GTX Titan Z, GeForce GTX Titan Black, GeForce GTX Titan, GeForce GTX 780 Ti, GeForce GTX 780, GeForce GTX 770 and the GeForce GTX 690. Now the dual chip models have made use of a redesigned version of this cooler, their implementation remains the same and both coolers are the longest running in the graphics industry spanning a good 2 years. The GeForce GTX Titan was the first to introduce the single chip design of this cooler back in February 2013.

The GeForce GTX 980 is making use of an update revision of the cooler introduced on the GeForce GTX Titan Black with a all black naming logo etched on the shroud near the I/O plate and a all black heatsink which can be spotted from the mirror cut out in the center of the shroud. The card obviously makes of vapor chamber which is cooler off by a blower fan. We were unable to find the Dual Axial fan design which NVIDIA had patented back a few months and was rumored to be a part of the new graphics card series but I expect the card even as it is will do a great job cooling the card considering it can dissipate heat of up to 275W while GeForce GTX 980 will have a maximum thermal dissipation power of just under 180W. So that’s a ton of cooling being supplied to the core and we can expect massive overclocking headroom for a card which is already clocked past the 1050 MHz barrier.

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[Rumor] You know the drill, there’s this cute little tag at the start, make sure you notice it. Anyways, the highly reliable Hermitage Akihabara have revealed that the GTX 960 is indeed coming but will not be accompanying its big brothers at the launch date. The most probable date for the Launch of the 960 is sometime in Mid October. HA is one of the more authentic sources out there, so this is most likely authentic. Maxwell-GTX-960-

Geforce GTX 960 Launching in Mid October – Alleges Japanese Leak

The specs of the GTX 970 leaked out a while back and we know that both the flagship Maxwells are utilizing the GM204 die. So what will go into The Geforce GTX 960? Well, in all probability you are looking at a further cut down variant of the GM204 or in a worst case scenario, a Kepler re-brand (which is highly unlikely in my opinion). Not much is known about the GTX 970, leaked or otherwise, except for the fact that it is included in the lineup launching soon.

NVIDIA GM204According to the leaked specs of its successor, the GTX 960 should have 11 – 12 SMM (Streaming Multiprocessor Maxwell) which equates to a core count of 1408 – 1536 with the latter being more likely than the former. The card will probably come with 2GB worth of GDDR5 memory if Nvidia’s previous patterns are any indication. Custom variants might ofcourse, increase the memory size later. The Bus width will most likely be 256 Bit if they are going with a GM204.

Now while the GM204-A1 die is based on the 28nm process, sources inside the industry tell me Nvidia is thinking about porting the circuit to 20nm in 2015. If such a move happens the new die will be called GM204-B1. The more refined stepping of the A1, will be called A2 and should enter trial production in one or two months. So you are getting a progression of GM204-A1 (28nm) -> GM204-A2 (28nm) -> GM204-B1 (20nm). So there you go folks, the mid tier GTX 960 appears to be coming after all, and stay tuned for Game24 because Green is about to go big.

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The Maxwell GTX 980 and GTX 970 leaks keep on rolling in as we move closer to the inevitable reveal on September 18th.
We’ve just covered MSI’s GTX 980 which they’ve teased with their brand new Twin Frozr V cooling. This new leak however comes from an Overclock.net user who spotted a Zotac GTX 970 on an e-tailer’s facebook page.

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GTX 970 From Zotac Leaked – Features Dual Fans And Metallic Shroud

The card features a dual fan design with a sleek looking silver metallic shroud that covers the heatsink assembly. The card appears to be quite compact but featuring a fairly thick heatsink. Perhaps showing more evidence of the efficiency of Nvidia’s upcoming GM204 GPU.
The box confirms the previously leaked 4GB frame buffer and also previous reports of Nvidia skipping the 800 series naming scheme and going straight to the 900 series.



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