We have been quiet about NVIDIA’s new generation Maxwell graphics cards but we just came across come important bits of information. ExPreview has spotted NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 980 specifications at an Austrain e-retailer’s website. Before we go ahead, please take the following information with pinch of salt since its not officially confirmed. NVIDIA’s upcoming GTX 780 successor will feature the new GM204 GPU equipped with 2560 cores, 160 TMUs and 64 ROPs.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Specifications; 2560 coress, 160 TMUs & 64 ROPs
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 specifications include the new Maxwell based GM204 chip which is rumored to be very power efficient. According to the Austrian retailer, GTX 980 will only need two PCIe 6-pin connectors for power resulting in less than 200 w TDP. This is a huge improvement over GTX 780 which had a max TDP of 250 W.
Other specifications include a 4 GB GDDR5 memory spread across a 256-bit memory interface. There are a total of 20 SMM units each equipped with 128 CUDA cores resulting in 2560 CUDA cores which are slightly less than 2880 cores found in GTX 780 Ti but more than GTX 780. There is an increase in both TMUs and ROPs as well. Overall, leaked GTX 980 specifications point towards a potential GTX 780 successor but it might outperform GTX 780 Ti as well.
Unfortunately, NVIDIA is not moving towards the 20 nm manufacturing this year so GTX 980 will still use the 28 nm process. Other specifications include, Shader model 5.0 support and a dual-slot cooling solution. This sums up the information provided on the retailer’s website. We cannot confirm whether the leaked specifications are true or not but they do give some weight to earlier leaks.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 3DMark 11 Scores
In another news, Chiphell Forums which has become the main attraction of leaks has revealed 3DMark 11 scores of GeForce GTX 980. The GPU scores 15,000 points in 3DMark 11 performance benchmark outperforming GTX 780 which scores roughly 11,800 points. GeForce GTX 980 scored 5,500 points in 3DMark 11 Extreme benchmark roughly 20% higher than GTX 780.
The overall 3DMark 11 score varies from system to system so the GPU score is what interests us here. Early benchmarks do reveal that GTX 980 is faster than its predecessor but we cannot confirm anything till official specifications and more detailed reviews are published. The screenshots of 3DMark 11 in this post are from an earlier leak by Coolaler which revealed the scores of GTX 870 (now GTX 970). If you compared the scores than GTX 980 is considerably faster than GTX 970 while the latter is on par with GTX 780.
NVIDIA is planning a 24 hour gaming event for the launch of GeForce GTX 980 graphics card. Game24 event will be held on September 18th, 2014 so less than two weeks to go for the launch of new Maxwell flagship GPU.