We have just received some really pleasant news on Nvidia’s Maxwell Architecture, the 20nm side of things to be exact. The new report basically mentions a few things; firstly, that the GTX 880 will be more powerful than the GTX 780, something common sense derives easily. And secondly that the GTX 880 will be cheaper than its 700 Series Counterpart. Now this, is the really interesting bit.
20nm Maxwell GTX 880 and GTX 880 Ti to be Cheaper and More Powerful than 700 Series Counterparts
Slowly but surely, news about 20nm GPUs is beginning to leak from different sources. We learned that TSMC has finally started 20nm Volume Production (for Nvidia and AMD) and that we cant really expect 20nm lineups before 2015 or late 2014 at the earliest. Now our source EXPReview.com is stating that the GTX 880 and GTX 880 Ti will be much more powerful but cheaper than the GTX 780 and GTX 780 Ti respectively. Now, take this with a pinch of salt. These guys have never failed us in the past so I owe it to them to not label it as a rumor. However, contra revenue isn’t really Nvidia’s de facto standard (point Titan Z) to put it bluntly and incurs slight disbelief on my part. Ofcourse it could simply be that production cost has been decreased, but that once again, makes no sense.
Now heres the funny thing. Reports in the past have indicated that there is a chance of a high end 20nm Maxwell Card in late 2014. This card could be the 20nm GTX 880 Maxwell. The chances are very slim, but the fact remains that unless Nvidia brings out intermediary Maxwell cards based on the 28nm node it could loose market share to AMD who is already working on intermediary GPUs. There is also the fact that TSMC has begun volume production for both parties, so a 20nm Flagship from Nvidia is not out of the question. I for one would be really happy to see Nvidia price the Maxwell Flagship GTX 880 lower than the GTX 780, because it would turn the heat on AMD. And that means much more fierce competition, and though that would suck for both companies (Game Theory), for us consumers, nothing could be better.
— Usman Pirzada (@usmanpirzada) June 12, 2014