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Are these the first pictures of an Nvidia GeForce GTX 880?

by Mark Tyson on 3 July 2014, 12:00

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Images of what appears to be an upcoming Nvidia graphics card based around a GM204 Maxwell GPU have been published on Chinese tech forum GamerSky (via VideoCardz). What we see is said to be a GeForce GTX 880 engineering sample. Whilst various features of the PCB have been pixel-censored for some reason we can still see quite a few interesting details of what is to come from the green team.

First of all looking at the memory chips, we see that sixteen SK Hynix H5GQ4H24MFR 512MB double-sided modules will provide this sample graphics card with an 8GB frame buffer. Of course this doesn't indicate a minimum RAM configuration but one of what will probably be several SKUs. VideoCardz believes that a 4GB version of the GTX 880 will be the first one launched. Also the memory chips are R2C speed rated suggesting a stock speed of up to 7000MHz.

On the second page of photos at GamerSky there is a detailed close up of the power input section of the card. What you see is an 8+6+6 configuration. That holds the possibility of a total power delivery of 375W, which is a lot for a Maxwell architecture chip but could be just for the engineering testing sample to allow testing of different combinations of power supply sockets.

Finally there was some uncertainty, when these pictures were first published, about whether the GPU on the board was a GM210 or GM204. This has been cleared up by the appearance of a shipping manifest today at ComputerBase.de, which lists an electronic device being shipped from Taiwan to India with a part # GM204-A01 installed.



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It's going to have to be really good to tempt me into buying anything else pre-NVLink.
Considering the vast majority of the desktop and lapop market is still going to use PCI-E slots for years,I doubt NVLink is going to be massively adopted anytime soon in the consumer space,as it will break backward compatability. Plus it would need Intel to get onboard to have any hope of penetrating the consumer market,and this the same Intel which denied Nvidia an X86 license,screwed them out of the chipset market for Intel CPUs(which lead to litigation) and is attempting to take marketshare in the HPC market from them using MIC based cards. IBM has got onboard,but since their Power based CPU sales are decreasing each year,it makes sense they try and attack Intel in the HPC market from another angle,especially since they lack such compute cards themselves AFAIK.
If the rumours are anything to go on this could be the card that allows UHD gaming on a single reasonably priced card. I will patiently wait for release because the R9 295X2's price tag makes my wallet bleed.
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If the rumours are anything to go on this could be the card that allows UHD gaming on a single reasonably priced card. I will patiently wait for release because the R9 295X2's price tag makes my wallet bleed.

The price-tag of the Titan Z will probably drain all blood from you!!:p

PS:INB4 is not a gaming card,it is:

http://www.nvidia.com/gtx-700-graphics-cards/gtx-titan-z/
Ah, good. I needed to see this! I've been very close to buying a high-end 700 for a while, but I've been resisting the urge until the proper 800s appear.

Does this “leak” mean we should expect a couple of good 800s around October then, to capitalise on the autumn games release schedule?