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NVIDIA Readies Three Pascal GP104 GPUs To Replace GeForce GTX 980 Ti, GTX 980 and GTX 970 in June – GP104 SKUs Leaked


The rumors regarding NVIDIA's next generation Pascal GPUs are getting hotter by the minute as launch closes in. The latest reports from HWBattle on the Pascal gaming cards suggest that NVIDIA will not only have two but three new SKUs based on their Pascal GP104 chip which was leaked last week. Each SKU will be significantly faster than their Maxwell based predecessors and offer gamers faster FPS and better features in the upcoming AAA titles.

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NVIDIA Pascal GP104 GPU Will Have Three Desktop SKUs - Will Replace GeForce GTX 980 Ti, GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970

We have reported on several occasions that NVIDIA's GP104 GPU is being mass produced and would be ready to hit GeForce cards in June. NVIDIA and their AIB partners will be showcasing their latest graphics cards and a lot of custom solutions based on the GP104 GPUs. The Pascal GP104 GPU will be the replacement for NVIDIA's current Maxwell based flagship GPUs. This is  based on the fact that the top-end GP104 SKU will be replacing a flagship Maxwell SKU featured on the GeForce GTX 980 Ti.

The source reports that as of right now, NVIDIA has discontinued the supply of Maxwell GM200 and GM204 chips for the GeForce GTX 970, GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics cards. We have heard the same report a week ago and it looks like that would be the case. That doesn't mean that the cards reached EOL since AIBs still have a good supply of Maxwell chips which can be used on graphics cards but it does show that NVIDIA will have  a new chip ready to ship to their partners soon.

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From the looks of it, NVIDIA seems to have prepared three SKUs based on the Pascal GP104 GPU which was leaked a few days ago. They are listed below (Details in the table are courtesy of HWBattle):

NVIDIA Pascal GP104 SKUs:

Maxwell Graphics CardMaxwell GPU SKUPascal GPU SKUBoardsAvailability
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 TiGM200-310-A1GP104-400-A1Reference and AIBEarly June
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980GM204-400-A1GP104-200-A1Reference and AIBEarly June
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970GM204-200-A1GP104-150-A1AIB OnlyMid June

Does NVIDIA Has A Third GP104 Based Graphics Card Ready For Launch in June?

According to this rumor, NVIDIA has three GP104 SKUs, all of which are launching in June. The Pascal GP104 seems to be replacing the entire bulk of current GeForce cards such as the 980 Ti, 980 and the 970. It means that NVIDIA might have a third Pascal GeForce graphics card that will be launching in mid-June. The first two cards which will launch in early June will replace the high-end stuff such as the GTX 980 Ti and GTX 980. Now this is really interesting since it shows that NVIDIA will have two cut down variants in their GP104 based family.

If we go back to the launch of GM204 cards, we would know that NVIDIA had just two graphics cards. The GTX 980 and the GTX 970. The GTX 980 retailed at $549 US while the GTX 970 retailed at $329 US. The GTX 970 was three SMM's cut off the full GM204 die but still packed a lot of performance for users which led it to become one of the most successful cards from NVIDIA.

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The $329 to $549 range meant a huge price gap had to exist in between both cards so the third SKU might be something to cover this market or a less a 970 replacement that could be labeled as a GTX *60 product. Like I said, the addition of the third SKU by the rumors make this very interesting.

While GP104-400 and GP104-200 will be launching in early June and feature reference designs first, followed by custom solutions by AIB around two weeks later, the GP104-150 SKU based graphics card will only be offered as a custom solution and available in mid-June. This is the same approach that NVIDIA made with the GeForce GTX 970, making it a fully custom solution since its launch. Only some retailers on massive demand from customers offered the reference design 970 that used the NVTTM cooler (that is expected to see an update in the new GTX lineup).

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One other thing to note is that while the GP104-400-A1 replaces the GTX 980 Ti in terms of performance, it won't necessarily have to be priced in the same way. The GeForce GTX 980 replaced the GeForce GTX 780 Ti ($699 US price) at a lower cost of $549 US.

The NVIDIA GP104 GPU is Packing Around 8 Billion Transistors Under Its Hood on a 16nm FinFET Node

Looking at the leaked picture, we can note that the GP104 GPU measure around 300mm2. This puts the GP104 around 100mm2 smaller than the GM204 GPU which was featured on the GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 cards. The GM204 GPU measured 398mm2 and featured 5.20 Billion transistors. The GP104 GPU is expected to house over 7 Billion transistors which will be really close to the current flagship GPU, the GM200 which has 8.00 billion transistors under its hood.

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The GP104 ES (Engineering Sample) board was shown to be running faster GDDR5 memory modules. he board uses the latest Samsung K4G80325FB-HC25 chips which use the 8 Gb DRAM and run at 8 Gbps speeds. This will allow a decent boost over the current 7 Gbps memory which GPU makers are currently using. The higher density chips will allow NVIDIA to offer beefier VRAM solution so the 8 GB VRAM rumors might be true.

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One of the key features of the 16nm FinFET node is that not only it increases the transistor density of next-gen chips, but it also achieves lower power consumption than 28nm process. The Tesla P100 graphics card using the GP100 chip is already boosting up to 1480 MHz. This indicates that the consumer versions based on the GP104 graphics card will be able to maintain higher clock speeds and provide even more room for overclockers to use. The NVIDIA Pascal GP104 will be NVIDIA's gaming grade processor for 2016, offering better performance than their GM200 and GM204 counterparts.

NVIDIA Pascal GP102 GTX Titan X Specifications:

Graphics Card NameNVIDIA GeForce GTX 980NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 TiNVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan XNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan (Pascal)
Graphics CoreGM204GM200GM200GP104GP104GP102
Process Node28nm28nm28nm16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET
Transistors5.2 Billion8 Billion8 Billion7.2 Billion7.2 Billion12.0 Billion
CUDA Cores2048 CUDA Cores2816 CUDA Cores3072 CUDA Cores1920 CUDA Cores2560 CUDA Cores3584 CUDA Cores
Base Clock1126 MHz1000 MHz1000 MHz1506 MHz1607 MHz1417 MHz
Boost Clock1216 MHz1075 MHz1075 MHz1683 MHz1733 MHz1531 MHz
FP32 Compute5.6 TFLOPs6.5 TFLOPs7.0 TFLOPs6.5 TFLOPs9.0 TFLOPs10.1 TFLOPs
Bus Interface256-bit bus384-bit bus384-bit bus256-bit bus256-bit bus384-bit bus
Power Connector6+6 Pin Power8+6 Pin Power8+6 Pin PowerSingle 8-Pin PowerSingle 8-Pin Power8+6 Pin Power
Display Outputs3x Display Port
1x HDMI 2.0
1x DVI
3x Display Port
1x HDMI 2.0
1x DVI
3x Display Port
1x HDMI 2.0
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
Launch DateSeptember 2014May 2015March 201510th June 201627th May 2016August 2016
Launch Price$549 US$649 US$999 US$379 US$599 US$1200 US

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