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Rumor: GTX 880 to Launch Mid-September

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Change of plans -- the GTX 880 will now be launching in September.

Recently, there was a rumor that Nvidia would be announcing its GTX 880 graphics card at Gamescom 2014. Now, it seems that might not be the case, and that instead we could be seeing a launch sometime mid-September. At least this is what VideoCardz.com has been told. The launch would be a paper launch, where the graphics card would officially be revealed. We won't necessarily get all the tech-specs of the card officially confirmed by Nvidia, but we certainly will get a fairly good idea of what Nvidia is gunning for with the GTX 880. VideoCardz.com's mockup of the GTX 880VideoCardz.com's mockup of the GTX 880

The rumored specifications are that the card will be based on a GM204-400 GPU. The model name for the reference board is PG401. Onboard we expect to find 4 GB of GDDR5 memory that will run over a 256-bit memory interface. This might sound like a rather narrow memory interface, but remember, the Maxwell architecture doesn't suffer as big a performance hit on narrower memory interfaces as Kepler does.

Pricing should sit between $400 and $450, with performance right between the GTX 780 and 780 Ti. Hopefully, there is truth to this expectation.

The cards are supposed to launch a few weeks after the mid-September paper launch. Note, this is still all a rumor, so sit tight.

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    jasonelmore , August 4, 2014 5:13 PM
    Also if it's not at least 20% faster than the Ti, most will not upgrade.
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    jasonelmore , August 4, 2014 5:12 PM
    To much stuff comes out in september, new iphone, new mac's, new iwatch, destiny, possibly new ipad, and probably x99. Can't have it all, gotta make choices i guess.
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    jasonelmore , August 4, 2014 5:13 PM
    Also if it's not at least 20% faster than the Ti, most will not upgrade.
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    John Wittenberg , August 4, 2014 5:29 PM
    I got some Half Life 3 to sell too!
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    zfreak280 , August 4, 2014 5:55 PM
    It isn't February, so I don't believe it.
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    Mac266 , August 4, 2014 5:57 PM
    Hmm, gunning for the R9 290 perhaps?
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    jay2tall , August 4, 2014 6:13 PM
    The 700 Series put a foul taste in my mouth. The 780 was $650 at launch and they could kiss my butt if I was going to pay $150 more for that tier card. So they dropped it $150 to the $500 it SHOULD have been and brought out the 780Ti. It was to far into the 700 series for me to feel right buying a card so I sat on my 680. Now the 880 is coming and not 20nm, but 28nm. The 780/780Ti and Titan all had 384 bit memory buses, but the 880 is said to be 256 bit. This all BEGS the question, will there be an 880Ti and will there be a Titan 2 and a non-Titan 2 card based off it's GPU with a reported 512 bit bus???? To many unknowns for me to get excited about this or pull the trigger on anything out of the gate like I have done the last several gen cards. Thanks Nvidia for shaking the boat.

    I'm sure the 860 and 870's will be lovely. But don't beat around the bush on the flagship card.
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    PandaButtonFTW , August 4, 2014 6:14 PM
    unless its 20% cooler, I don't want it.
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    redgarl , August 4, 2014 6:20 PM
    The concern is,is there an HDMI 2.0 onboard. 4k is good with displayport 1.2, but only the Panasonic 4k tv has it. So basically, if you want to do 4k, you can only do it with a monitor, or a 3000$ tv.
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    seithan , August 4, 2014 6:26 PM
    So according to this article, the 880 will sit between the 780 and 780ti? Lol@Nvidia!
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    wysiwygbill , August 4, 2014 7:44 PM
    Still not worth replacing my GTX 690. :-(
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    blppt , August 4, 2014 8:00 PM
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    Still not worth replacing my GTX 690. :-(


    It will when the new crop of games needs more than 2GB of texture memory (GTX690 is two 680s on one card, with 4GB total memory, 2GB effective). Watch Dogs maxed out needs 3GB, for example. Wolfenstein I think, too.
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    alz_solstice , August 4, 2014 8:59 PM
    I think this card will be around $400 - $500. Maybe an slight update of 780 and 780 Ti? We'll wait for the Announcement of NVIDIA why they made this card and on what purpose why specs are like that.
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    PandaButtonFTW , August 4, 2014 9:02 PM
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    I think this card will be around $400 - $500. Maybe an slight update of 780 and 780 Ti? We'll wait for the Announcement of NVIDIA why they made this card and on what purpose why specs are like that.



    no need to wait for an announcement, NVidia made this card because someone was drunk and thought... "Hey! I know! lets make a new card to take peoples money and replace the current crop of 780/ti's that are still more powerful than most people need! and heres the catch... it wont even have better performance! mwahahahaahahahahahahahahahha!"
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    alz_solstice , August 4, 2014 10:15 PM
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    Quote:
    I think this card will be around $400 - $500. Maybe an slight update of 780 and 780 Ti? We'll wait for the Announcement of NVIDIA why they made this card and on what purpose why specs are like that.



    no need to wait for an announcement, NVidia made this card because someone was drunk and thought... "Hey! I know! lets make a new card to take peoples money and replace the current crop of 780/ti's that are still more powerful than most people need! and heres the catch... it wont even have better performance! mwahahahaahahahahahahahahahha!"


    +1 to that Brother :D 
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    hypergon , August 4, 2014 10:40 PM
    I think greedy nvidia will release it at 650$ again...
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    The Indomitable , August 4, 2014 10:50 PM
    Nvidia: marks stuff up to increase profit margin
    AMD: marks up because of supply shortage
    No one's released a new architecture for a LONG time. That's what I'll be waiting for.
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    Memnarchon , August 4, 2014 11:18 PM
    It's no longer a rumor. It has been confirmed:
    GeForce GTX 880 September Launch Confirmed by Gigabyte Exec
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    vaughn2k , August 4, 2014 11:24 PM
    Maybe will still stick to my HD7870 XT... :D 
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    dragonsqrrl , August 4, 2014 11:30 PM
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    No one's released a new architecture for a LONG time. That's what I'll be waiting for.

    You mean like Maxwell?
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    Mike Friesen , August 4, 2014 11:46 PM
    People have been complaining that they haven't needed to upgrade. I think the problem is that developers (a) want to hit as wide a market as possible, which means playing nice with the gt 650m's or HD 4xxx's of the world, as well as (b) just that it takes a developer lot of time to make super high quality, detailed environments in need of heavy duty hardware. Or am I just out to lunch?
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