Nvidia GeForce GTX 980, 970 rumoured for September

August 29, 2014 // 10:21 a.m.

Tags: #geforce #geforce-gtx-900-series #geforce-gtx-960 #geforce-gtx-970 #geforce-gtx-980 #gpu #graphics-card #maxwell #nvidia

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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