NVIDIA is expected to release or reveal its next generation graphics processor based on a new 20nm architecture, codenamed Maxwell. These next generation graphics processors are not only more powerful than the current GTX 700 series, but are also more power efficient. Recently, a rumored specification of the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880 has been revealed. Of course, these specs may not be 100% accurate and best treated with a grain of salt.
According to a Czech site called Tyden.cz, the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880 will be based on the next generation 20nm GM204 chip. Previous rumors claim that it might have a GM104 or GM110 chip. See how rumored information change from time to time? Anyway moving on, the GM204 chip, according to source, is not the fastest in its generation. But it is said to be powerful enough to outperform even the current GK110 chip.
The upcoming NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880 is said to have a total of 3,200 CUDA cores and 7.9 billion transistors. It will also have 200 TMUs, 32 ROPs and 5.7 TFLOPS/s single-precision floating-point throughput. Base clock speed is set to 900MHz with a boost clock speed of 950MHz and a memory clock speed of 7400MHz, which are definitely higher even compared to the GTX 780 Ti.
The GeForce GTX 880 is said to have 4GB of GDDR5 memory running on a 256-bit memory interface, and a memory bandwidth of 238GB/s. While these specs are definitely higher compared to the GTX 780 and GTX 780 Ti (except for the memory interface and bandwidth), the GTX 880 is said to have a thermal design power or TDP of only 230W; meaning it requires less power compared to the current GTX 780/780Ti graphics processors.
Again, these rumored specs are not final and might not reflect the true specifications of the GTX 880. Nevertheless, the specs are really interesting. A high performance graphics card that consumes lesser power is what most PC enthusiasts, system builders and PC gamers are looking for in such a long time. Hopefully this will be realized with the Maxwell based graphics cards.