Nvidia’s Maxwell Flagships: Geforce GTX 980 and Geforce GTX 970 Pictured In All Their Glory

Usman Pirzada
Posted Sep 18, 2014
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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

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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:GTX-980-Gigabyte-Box-750x455

These pictures depict the Geforce GTX 980 and Geforce GTX 970 in various angles. You can notice the new and improved backplate along with the 3 Display Ports which will allow a G-Sync Surround setup. The cards will retail for $549 and $329/$349 (different variants) respectively as we have already told you. This also means that the GTX 970 will be priced competitively and/or one price tier up  against the Tonga GPU (Radeon R9 285) which costs $249. Here are the complete specs of the GTX 970 and the GTX 980 and their approximate clock speeds. The GTX 960 should be joining its older siblings soon enough too.

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Geforce 900 Series Maxwell
WCCFTechGeForce GTX 970GeForce GTX 980
CodenameGM204GM204
Process28nm28nm
GPU CoreMaxwellMaxwell
SM Units13 x 12816 x 128
CUDA Cores16642048
ROPSTBC64
TMUsTBC128
Core Clock1051 MHz1126 MHz
Boost Clock1178 MHz1216 MHz
Memory4 GB GDDR54 GB GDDR5
Memory Bus256-bit256-bit
Memory Clock7.0 GHz7.0 GHz
Memory Bandwidth224.5 GB/s224.5 GB/s
TDP148W175W
Power Connectors6+6 Pin6+6 Pin
DirectX 12 SupportYesYes
Launch18th September 201418th September 2014
Price$329 and $349 (Consumer Variants)$549

The specs of both the GM204 Maxwell flagships have also been leaked and confirmed, so there remains very little (if at all) that Nvidia can surprise us with. Once again, I would remind everyone of the one loose end we were sadly not able to tie: you guessed it, the GM200 GPU. I would be seriously interested in finding out about what Nvidia has plans for those since we already know the GM200 die is ready-to-ship. Anyways, all the cards feature the full DirectX 12 specification, which means we are looking at the first mainstream dedicated GPUs to feature full DX12 support. Ofcourse, since this is a very very preliminary form of DX12, I will expect the transition to be slightly bumpy at the start. Oh and, looks like the leak scene won this one, Green.

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