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New GeForce GTX 880, GTX 870 Details Leak

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As always, there are going to be a plethora of rumors about the next GPUs coming from AMD and Nvidia, so it comes as no surprise that new details are leaking about Nvidia’s next generation of GPUs based on Maxwell. Nvidia has already launched the Maxwell architecture with the incredibly efficient and modular GTX 750 Ti. However, this is their one and only Maxwell part and there are lots of people wondering when we’ll see the mid and high-end parts.

So, today’s rumor, about the GeForce GTX 880 and GTX 870 are clearly feeding off of this desire for information and likely enlighten when and what we can expect to see from Nvidia. The first and foremost important detail is that their sources claim that the GeForce GTX 880 and GTX 870 will be launching in the fourth quarter of 2014, most likely in October or November. This would give Nvidia ample time to prepare for the fall/winter game release rush and to have a new and exciting product for the holiday season.

Also, as expected this part will still be based upon the 28nm process from TSMC as the countless rumors of TSMC’s 20nm delays seem to never end. While we all believe that both AMD and Nvidia would love to manufacture their latest generation of high-end GPUs on TSMC’s 20nm process, it simply does not appear to be ready for their multi-billion transistor chips. Let’s remember that Nvidia’s GK-110 is actually a 7.1 billion transistor chip and there is a very strong liklihood that a Maxwell part like what we would expect to be the GM-110 is very likely going to be a GTX 9 series part and not a GeForce GTX 880.

As we saw from Nvidia in the past, they generally launch a cut-down version of the architecture first like the GTX 680 (GK104) and then once their process is more mature and their thermals/yields are manageable, then you’ll see a GTX 780 Ti (GK110) that fully follows the ‘full-blown’ architecture design without any compromises. A lot of sites are referring to the Maxwell batch of GPUs as GM204 and GM-210 however there is no reason to believe that Nvidia would do this, especially since the GTX 750 Ti is a GM107 chip. If the process hasn’t changed and the architecture is the same, I don’t see any reason why the GeForce GTX 880 could not be a GM-104 with its full-blown successor being a GM110 or GM210 if they decide to go with the 20nm die shrink (very likely).

However, some of the rumors continually refer to the high-end GPUs as GM204, which leads some people to believe that we may see more than just higher performance out of a GeForce GTX 880 or GTX 870 part. Realistically, though, I don’t really see this being possible and those parts may be reserved for professional or HPC applications that will get released shortly after the GeForce GTX 880.



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  • renz

    so GF110 have 3 billion transistor. with GK110 they able to get 7 billion transistor on the chip. more than double. so big maxwell are going to have 14-16 billion transistor on it? assuming they were made on much smaller node.

    • Anshel Sag

      14-16 billion transistors would be mad, but not necessarily out of the question. Realistically, though, I would expect something more around the 10 billion number and it would likely still need to be 20nm. I just don’t see why there would be a need to double the transistor count again.

  • evolucion8

    So in other words, to be able to fit the additional CUDA cores on the old 28nm process without blowing the die size out of proportion, will means that they will remove stuff of the cores, making them leaner and slower per core compared to GK110 which also is twice slower per core than Fermi, means that for games and power usage, should be a dream as far as the driver compiler is able to feed those dumb cores, (AMD had dumb cores too on the HD 6000 and below era), but also means that their GPGPU and DP precision will leave a lot to be desired.

  • SeanJ76

    I can’t wait to order 2 of these bad boys in the fall!!! Im counting the days!