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Rumours suggest Nvidia GTX 880 and 870 to arrive in Q4 this year

by Mark Tyson on 18 June 2014, 12:19

Tags: NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA), TSMC

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A new rumour suggests that Nvidia GeForce GTX 880 and GTX 870 graphics cards based upon the Maxwell architecture will arrive in Q4 2014. Sweden based SweClockers heard this information via some of its 'partner manufacturer' sources.

PC enthusiasts have been waiting for more Maxwell architecture graphics cards for desktops following the architecture's debut on the mainstream GTX 750 Ti in February. HEXUS found this first member of the Maxwell stable to offer excellent performance per watt while running cool and quiet, so represented a tantalising taste of what Maxwell could bring to higher end chips later this year.

SweClocker's industry sources say that the Nvidia GeForce GTX 880 and GTX 870 graphics cards, that are going to arrive later this year, will be made on TSMC's 28nm process. It appears that TSMC won't be making any 20nm GPUs until next year. Next year's process reduction will provide both Nvidia and AMD with better performance, thermals and so on. However it seems like Nvidia didn't want to wait that long to kick off production of the 800 series for desktops. Perhaps when 20nm chips can be made it will start an 800 Ultra range.

The new Nvidia GeForce GTX 880 and GTX 870 graphics cards are expected to be powered by the GM204 GPU, which is the successor to the GK104, however this isn't certain. In these higher end parts the second generation Maxwell architecture should bring more than simply higher performance features, says SweClockers.

What further improvements could the second generation Maxwell bring?

The high end 800 series desktop cards are expected to land in October or November, hopefully we'll be able to collect more details of the features and specifications of these graphics cards by then.



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I predict paper launch in Q4, actual products to customers Q2 2015.
okay I smell AMD is in trouble
lumireleon
okay I smell AMD is in trouble

There isn't a rumour so that means they have no answer?

AMD will have something.
Biscuit
I predict paper launch in Q4, actual products to customers Q2 2015.
Q2 next year suits me, might even have saved up enough pennies to be able to afford one by then!
lumireleon
okay I smell AMD is in trouble
Can't see why, NVidia do the 800 series, so AMD launch something new themselves (R10 anyone?). Article does say that smaller die = better thermals, so maybe even just faster R9's would be good enough. Remember that NVidia and AMD always seem to be in this tick-tock setup - first one is market leader then the other. Just wish it was this way with AMD and Intel… sigh
crossy
Q2 next year suits me, might even have saved up enough pennies to be able to afford one by then!

Can't see why, NVidia do the 800 series, so AMD launch something new themselves (R10 anyone?). Article does say that smaller die = better thermals, so maybe even just faster R9's would be good enough. Remember that NVidia and AMD always seem to be in this tick-tock setup - first one is market leader then the other. Just wish it was this way with AMD and Intel… sigh

I always see it as a game of cards, they are reluctant to be the first one to show theirs, so the opponent know what they are up against. :D

At the same time there is logic to say its better to be first to market as there is more time to make sales.