You read the title right and that’s not a typo error. According to Videocardz.com, NVIDIA is planning to release the company’s next generation graphics card next month – the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 (900 series) graphics cards. They skip the GTX 800 series and decided to use the “GTX 900” naming instead. Basically the GTX 980 and the GTX 970 are the GTX 880 and GTX 870 graphics cards that we are waiting for. So how does skipping the “800 series naming” affects the consumers? And is the performance really that great that’s why they decided to skip the 800 series branding? Check out below.
UPDATE: GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 are now officially unleashed and available. See the following GTX 900 series:
- MSI GeForce GTX 980 Gaming 4G and GTX 970 Gaming 4G
- Galax GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970
- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 G1 Gaming
- Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 980 HerculeZ X4
UPDATE: There’s a new and updated story regarding the GTX 980 and GTX 970. See it here: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 Specifications, Pricing and Photos Revealed
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 Coming and No GTX 800 Series
This is not the first time that NVIDIA skip a number series for their graphics card naming scheme. If you can still remember they did this before and skipped the GTX 300 series naming, from GTX 200 series to GTX 400 series, and now they did it again.
NVIDIA decided to use the GTX 900 naming for desktop graphics processors since they are going to release the GeForce 900M series for mobile graphics processor. Synchronizing the naming scheme is essential to avoid confusion and to keep things simple. The decision was just made recently, that’s why previously it was reported (here and here) that they are going to release GTX 800 series this coming September.
What does this mean for us consumers? For one, this might convince people to upgrade ASAP specially those who are still using GTX 600 series and below. Remember, if the report is correct, these GTX 980 and GTX 970 are supposed to be the GTX 880 and GTX 870 we are expecting. And regarding performance, we have seen several leaks already here.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 is expected to be faster than the GTX 780 Ti, and the GTX 970 is expected to be faster than the GTX 780. Meanwhile, the soon to be released GTX 960 is expected to be faster than the GTX 770. The performance difference is not that really huge, so just relax for now and control that upgrade-itch. Let’s wait for real benchmarks to be revealed first.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 Release Date
Both the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 will be based on the new GM204 chip which is derived from its new Maxwell GPU architecture. NVIDIA will be announcing the second generation Maxwell this coming September 9 and 10, and the GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 will officially be released by September 19. Meanwhile the GeForce GTX 960 will be released sometime by October.
Just a thought, hopefully we will be seeing a much faster GTX 950 Ti soon, perhaps as fast as the current GTX 760 or more, and still doesn’t require an external 6 pin power connector.