Nvidia Geforce GTX 980 Ti Spotted – Listed at Zauba with 384-bit Bus and 6GB GDDR5 Memory


A very interesting entry has surfaced on the insanely reliable shipping records of Zauba.com. The entry, which shows a GM200 card with 6GB worth of VRAM and 384-bit bus shows us that the GTX 980 Ti is completely ready to roll. The graphic card will feature the Maxwell GM200-310 core, which should logically be the cut down form and should be priced to compete with the upcoming Red launches.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti GM200A stock render of the GM200 and PCB. @Nvidia Public Domain

GTX 980 Ti gets Zauba listing - 6GB GDDR5 and 384 Bit Bus

The nomenclature "699-1G600" gives away the fact that this is a GM200 GPU. The code can be browsed for more Maxwell samples. The VRAM and bus listed are all self explanatory and perhaps one of the most interesting things is the price listed. 60, 709 INR equate to roughly 954 USD - but this price is most probably way off. Since we are talking about prototypes here - pricing is usually very high, same can be seen with AMD counterparts. The actual pricing would be around the ~$700 mark if the past trend is anything to go by. The fact that the chips have the FOC tag indicates that the product is completely ready and is awaiting the green light to hit the shelves.

I have already talked in detail about why the GTX 980 Ti should logically have a crippled GM200 GPU. Yield and nomenclature (GM200-310)  point to this way completely. However, I have to admit such a high price tag could possibly indicate a full blown GM200, although that is merely speculation at this point. If the GTX 980 Ti also has the GM200 uncut die, then I am not really sure what Nvidia plans to do with all the salvaged dies (Dual GPUs don't have a high enough sale rate to account for the excess). In any case, so far, all the evidence points to a crippled GM200 in the guise of GM200-310.

Nvidia GTX 980 Ti 6GB GDDR5 Listing at ZaubaThe Zauba listing shows a ready-to-roll, GM200 based, 6GB Card. The entry can be found here.

We are going to be looking at 6GB of GDDR5 Memory and probably a much decent price tag as compared to the TITAN-X. Initial rumors put the launch date by May 26th but if this new report is true than it could extend to the early weeks of June at the Computex 2015 Trade Show. It  might also decide to postpone the GPU further and push it forwards to a July launch since the primary incentive is to counter the AMD launch (so basically you have got from this para is that you cannot rely on the release date and that Green will do it whenever it's ready). Here is the usual comparison table:

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
GPU Architecture Maxwell Maxwell Maxwell Maxwell Maxwell
GPU Name GM200-400 GM200-310 GM204-400 GM204-200 GM206-300
Die Size 601mm2 601mm2 398mm2 398mm2 228mm2
Process 28nm 28nm 28nm 28nm 28nm
CUDA Cores 3072 TBD 2048 1664 1024
Texture Units 192 TBD 128 104 64
Raster Devices 96 96 64 64 32
Clock Speed 1002 MHz TBD 1126 MHz 1051 MHz 1126 MHz
Boost Clock 1089 MHz TBD 1216 MHz 1178 MHz 1178 MHz
Memory Bus 384-bit 384-bit 256-bit 256-bit 128-bit
Memory Clock 7.0 GHz TBD 7.0 GHz 7.0 GHz 7.0 GHz
Memory Bandwidth 336.0 GB/s TBD 224.0 GB/s 224.0 GB/s 112.0 GB/s
TDP 250W TBD 165W 145W 120W
Power Connectors 8+6 Pin 8+6 Pin Two 6-Pin Two 6-Pin One 6-Pin
Price $999 US ~$750 (Estimated) $549 US $329 US $199 US