NVIDIA GTX 800 series rumours are getting stronger day by day. Recently, we reported that the flagship GM 200 and GM 204 GPUs were spotted in a shipping consignment during transit in India. Today, SweClockers the most authentic source for NVIDIA’s leaks reported that GeForce GTX 880 and GTX 870 will launch in Q4 2014. This serves as both good and bad news, good being that the launch is only four months away and the bad news is that the green team still didn’t shift to the 20 nm silicon.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880 & GTX 870
The report suggests that both GPUs will feature the GM 204 chip equipped with 3200 CUDA cores, 200 TMUs and 32 ROPs. Its obvious that the GTX 870 will feature less cores, presumably 2880. On the other hand, GTX 880 will have 320 more cores compared to GTX 780 Ti and GTX TITAN. The flagship GPU is also expected to feature 8 GB GDDR5 memory with a 256-bit memory interface which should be a concern for gamers since a 512-bit sounds more feasible.
Secondly, the reason for implementing Maxwell on the same 28 nm fabrication process is due to the delays by the TSMC to implement the 20 nm process. This indicates that NVIDIA might shift from 28 nm to 20 nm with GeForce GTX 880 Ti in the future as it did with the G92 chip (65 to 55 nm). Maxwell has already showed good potential with GeForce GTX 750 Ti so we can only expect good things from it. The company has also decided to decrease the prices on its consumer graphics cards which is a plus point and might be triggered by the massive drop in GPU sales in the last quarter.