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New NVIDIA GeForce GTX 900 series graphics cards launched!

By Wong Chung Wee - on 19 Sep 2014, 10:01am

New NVIDIA GeForce GTX 900 series graphics cards launched!

NVIDIA has officially launched the GeForce GTX 900 series. Based on the second generation Maxwell architecture, the GTX 980 and GTX 970 are the first two members from the new family.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980. (Image source: NVIDIA)

The GeForce GTX 980 features the new GM204 GPU with 2048 CUDA cores. Its graphics core boasts of a base clock speed of 1126MHz, and a 1216MHz boost clock. Its 4GB of GDDR5 video memory is rated to operate at 7000MHz, over a 256-bit wide bus. This translates to a memory bandwidth of 244GB/s. The card has a thermal envelope of 165W TDP, and draws power from a pair of 6-pin power connectors. Its launch price is US$529.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970. (Image source: NVIDIA)

Second in line, we have the GeForce GTX 970 that also sports the GM204 GPU; however, it features less Maxwell Streaming Multiprocessors (SMMs) than the GTX 980, resulting in a lower CUDA core count of 1164. The card operates at a base clock of 1050MHz, with a boost clock speed of 1178MHz. Its video memory buffer system is the same as the GTX 980. IT draws power from a pair of 6-pin power connectors; however, its TDP should be lower than the GTX 980. Its launch price is an attractive US$329. In terms of video connectivity, the current GTX 900 series cards sport three DisplayPort 1.2 ports, one HDMI 2.0 Port, and one dual-link DVI port.

(Source: NVIDIA)

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