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Nvidia GeForce GTX 980, 970 rumoured for September

Nvidia GeForce GTX 980, 970 rumoured for September

Nvidia's next graphics card launches are rumoured to be the GeFore GTX 980 and 970 in mid-September, with the company skipping over the 800 Series altogether.

Nvidia is rumoured to be launching its next-generation high-end Maxwell-based graphics boards in mid-September, skipping the GeForce 800-Series branding in favour of GTX 900 model numbering.

That Nvidia is working on new graphics boards based around its Maxwell microarchitecture is no secret, but this far the company has been playing its cards close to its chest with regard to launch dates and nomenclature. According to anonymous yet 'credible' sources speaking to VideoCardz, its plans are now laid bare: a Maxwell-related GPU announcement on the 9th or 10th of September, followed by a formal launch of two high-end Maxwell-based reference designs on the 19th of September.

While little is known about the specification of the boards, beyond both featuring 4GB of memory as standard, their naming may raise eyebrows: Nvidia is skipping the GTX 800 family altogether in favour of naming the two new boards the GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980. These two designs will be joined by lower-end Maxwell hardware in October with a GTX 960 model, along with GeForce 900M Series mobile graphics.

Maxwell's first outing was on the budget-friendly GeForce GTX 750 Ti, which concentrated more on reducing the power draw and price than offering market-leading performance. At the time, Nvidia described it as 'first-generation Maxwell,' promising that high-performance second-generation parts would be due 'at a later date' - that date being, it would appear, September.

Nvidia has, as is to be expected, not commented on the launch date claims nor on its plans for high-end Maxwell parts and their names.

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GuilleAcoustic 29th August 2014, 10:25 Quote
That would explain why my favorite french etailer has close to zero reference for GTX770 and GTX780 snice a month. Prolly selling the few remaining to prepare the next gen arrival.
Panos 29th August 2014, 11:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by GuilleAcoustic
That would explain why my favorite french etailer has close to zero reference for GTX770 and GTX780 snice a month. Prolly selling the few remaining to prepare the next gen arrival.

Overclockers UK slashed their GTX780 prices since yesterday.
Bokonist 29th August 2014, 14:33 Quote
Wow, looking forward to seeing what these can do, I guess the 4gb means they're aimed at the 4k crowd. Hope they're priced competitively. Does anyone have a reasonable explaination for them switching to the 9xx nomenclature?
jrs77 29th August 2014, 14:38 Quote
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Wow, looking forward to seeing what these can do, I guess the 4gb means they're aimed at the 4k crowd. Hope they're priced competitively. Does anyone have a reasonable explaination for them switching to the 9xx nomenclature?

Possibly they swapped the 8xx because OEMs used this nomenclature allready and they didn't want to confuse the consumers.
LennyRhys 29th August 2014, 15:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by Panos
Overclockers UK slashed their GTX780 prices since yesterday.

Cheapest they have is £329.99 - if that truly is "slashed" then I'm even more happy I paid £100 less than that for a 770!
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Does anyone have a reasonable explaination for them switching to the 9xx nomenclature?

Probably the same reason they skipped 3xx series. I can't imagine there being a "real" reason to miss out a digit in sequence... perhaps they think it's cool.
damien c 29th August 2014, 17:53 Quote
Just had a email telling me to upgrade my Catzilla or die, and one of the parts for the upgrade that they have done is add in support for the GTX870 and GTX880.

Will be interesting to see if they do go with the 800 series or 900 series naming.
RichCreedy 30th August 2014, 10:07 Quote
they are probably doing an 'AMD' and making the 800 series laptop parts rebadged 700 series. purely conjecture of course
mi1ez 31st August 2014, 22:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by jrs77
...and they didn't want to confuse the consumers.

BAH-HAHAHAHAHA!
SpAceman 1st September 2014, 01:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by RichCreedy
they are probably doing an 'AMD' and making the 800 series laptop parts rebadged 700 series. purely conjecture of course

Nvidia did the same thing with the 100 and 300 series. OEM parts only.
DbD 1st September 2014, 10:17 Quote
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they are probably doing an 'AMD' and making the 800 series laptop parts rebadged 700 series. purely conjecture of course

There is already a number of 8x0M laptop chips.
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