NVIDIA is set to release their new graphics cards later this year. We’ve been hearing rumors about them since a few months now. The green team will begin with next generation with GeForce GTX 880 which will be later followed by GeForce GTX 870. At the ChinaJoy Game Developers Conference in Taiwan, a GIGABYTE executive talked about their upcoming GeForce GTX 880 G1.Gamer graphics card which confirmed the existence of new GPUs and also revealed their launch time frame.
Prior to this, we’ve been hearing that NVIDIA will be launching the new series in October/November but the said GIGABYTE executive revealed that their GTX 880 G1.Gamer will come out in September, 2014 which means that the new cards will be officially launched around the same time.
GIGABYTE’s GTX 880 G1.Gamer will come with a massive cooler probably similar to the WindForce x3 cooler. This cooler will turn off the fans at lower loads and will cool the GPU passively. Whereas on high loads, the fans will start up and keep the chip heating up. According to GIGABYTE, this cooler will be able to handle heat output of up to 650W.
The GeForce GTX 880 will come with 28nm Maxwell archiecture. It was initially expected to launch with 20nm Maxwell but due to manufacturing delays, NVIDIA had to shift it back to 28nm. Anyway, the GTX 880 is expected to have 3200 CUDA cores, 200 TMUs and 32 ROPs. It’ll have a 4GB 256-bit wide memory interface.