The rumor mill is working hard on the upcoming Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 graphics cards. Just yesterday we saw images of the new GTX 980, along with specifications, and today we finally have word on pricing information.
The rumored prices stem from a report on 3DCenter.org which states that the GeForce GTX 980 will carry an MSRP of $599, while the GTX 970 will cost $200 less at an MSRP of $399. Placing it on the product stack, if you consider that the GTX 780 Ti sells for upwards of $600 while a GTX 780 can be found for around $450, we would expect the GTX 980 to sit right between the two, while the GTX 970 will perform slightly slower than the GTX 780. This product stack placement is supported by the calculated benchmark scores.
Ultimately, the GTX 980 and GTX 970 will probably bring you performance levels very similar to their predecessors, for a similar price tag, with a lower TDP and larger frame buffer. The increased amount of graphics memory will help the cards drive higher-resolution monitors.
Do note that these are merely rumored prices. Hopefully, we'll know more when they launch later this week; we expect the announcement to come on September 19 during the Game24 event.
UPDATE: It has come to our attention that we misread the graphs, resulting in erroneous conclusions. Taking another crack at it, we can see that based on these numbers the GTX 980 appears to perform about 11 percent better than a stock GTX 780 Ti, with the GTX 970 sitting somewhere between the GTX 780 and the GTX 780 Ti. Note that the stock GTX 780 (clocked at up to 900 MHz) isn't even listed on the table. Ultimately, this means that the GTX 980 and GTX 970 appear to perform a lot better than a quick glance at the table would suggest. Commenters, we appreciate your sharp eye.