NVIDIA is expected to debut their next generation Maxwell graphics cards at Game24 gaming event in a few days. The GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 will be the first cards to be unveiled. We’ve been hearing rumors about the new cards for a while however now we’ve got some solid details along with real life pictures and PCB shots of the GTX 980 thanks for VideoCardz. Both the new cards will feature the GM204 GPU which is a direct successor to GK104 Kepler chip.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 specifications & details:
As mentioned earlier, the GeForce GTX 980 is based on the new GM204 chip and it’ll come with 2048 CUDA cores. Previously, it was believed that it’ll have 2560 CUDA cores but that number turned out to be wrong. It has 4GB of GDDR5 memory spread across a 256-bit wide interface. This results in memory bandwidth of 224 GB/s. It’ll reportedly replace GTX 780 but it’s almost as fast as GTX 780 Ti.
The best thing about the GeForce GTX 980 is its power consumption. It has only 175W TDP as compared to 250W TDP of GTX 780 Ti. It has two 6-pin power connectors. On the PCB, there is pins for one 8-pin and one 6-pin connector but this card obviously does not need that.
Another new thing about the GTX 980 is its display connectivity options. It comes with no less than five display output options. There are three DisplayPorts, one HDMI and one D-DVI port. NVIDIA has also revamped the I/O plate layout. It now has triangular cutouts as air vents.
Some performance numbers of the GTX 980 also leaked some days ago and they put it even above GTX 780 Ti.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 PCB shots & pictures:
NVIDIA has adopted the same metallic heatsink design for the GTX 980 as the GTX Titan and GTX 780 series. It has a blower fan with a translucent window over the heatsink. It same in size as the one used on GTX 780 Ti however since it’s a 180W TDP card (as compared to 250W GTX 780 Ti), the cooler should provide better performance. The GTX 980 also comes with a black backplate as the GTX Titan Z.
Clear PCB shots of the GeForce GTX 980 have also leaked showing its VRM and memory chips. It has 5-phase VRM design as compared to 6-phases on GTX 780 Ti.