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MSI Teases New GTX 970 Graphics Card

While we're not sure about any specific launch dates, we are expecting the GTX 980 and GTX 970 to launch very soon. The latest clue is that MSI is teasing the design of its GTX 970 on Facebook. Teases of this caliber usually only happen close to the launch.

The card is definitely recognizable as an MSI card, as it follows all the design cues of previous cards. Note, though, that this card is carrying the new TwinFrozr V cooler, which has a number of small improvements over the older design. We can't be sure about all the changes yet, but the cooler does have a large fin array, heat pipes, and two 100 mm fans.

The GTX 970 is expected to carry 1664 CUDA cores, along with 4 GB of memory accessible over a 256-bit memory interface. (We're speculating a bit here though, so take these specs with a grain of salt.) What is almost certain is that the GTX 970 will be based on the new Maxwell architecture, which will allow it to provide more performance per watt. If you look carefully at this card, you can also see two six-pin PCI-Express power connectors, which is a little less than the 6-pin + 8-pin design on the GTX 770.

Stay tuned for the actual launch.

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  • Blaise170
    From the specs I've seen of the Maxwell cards so far, color me unimpressed. The prospective efficiency is neat, but otherwise seems like Nvidia is holding back.
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  • TechyInAZ
    Huh? What happened to the 800 series? Did Nvidia just jump a generation like intel did from X79 to X99?
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  • Blaise170
    14154221 said:
    Huh? What happened to the 800 series? Did Nvidia just jump a generation like intel did from X79 to X99?

    They didn't want people to get confused since they released the 800M series for laptops along with the 700 series of desktop cards. So to keep consistency, they decided to skip 800 and go straight to 900 and 900M.
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  • dovah-chan
    The reason I assume why they are using the 900 series nomenclature is so as to not get people confused with the 800M series (which is kepler based).
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  • TechyInAZ
    Still weird to me since all the mobile GPUs have a M at the end. But thx for the info.
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  • dgingeri
    I know I must have missed something. What happened to the 800 series?
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  • hardcore_player
    we're not going to see a huge performance leap till Pascal architecture hit the shelve in 2016 .
    Pascal is NVIDIA’s latest GPU architecture and is being introduced in between Maxwell and Volta . In the process it has absorbed old Maxwell’s unified virtual memory support and old Volta’s on-package DRAM.
    Pascal will have a 3D memory and NV-link which will greatly improve performance and consume less power .
    i wounder what would they call the Pascal GPU's .....definitely not GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 ......
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  • Jeffrey Barone
    Ah shucks I was going to buy one for my laptop good thing for the model numbers lol like seriously if the model numbers confuse people they are just stupid
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  • Jeffrey Barone
    Ah shucks I was going to buy one for my laptop good thing for the model numbers lol like seriously if the model numbers confuse people they are just stupid
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  • B4vB5
    Niels, would like to know whether or not the 970/980s will have HDMi 2.0 ports?

    Kinda hoping but not holding my breath, sadly...
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