Nvidia has revealed its new flagship graphics card, the GeForce GTX 980 Ti. The GPU features 6GB of memory, 2816 CUDA cores along with DirectX12 support to drive games at 4k resolution.
The card is currently being shown off at Taiwan’s annual Computex convention. It is expected to deliver power within similar range of the very expensive Titan X. The focus of this card is very clear with Nvidia’s internal benchmarks show the Maxwell-based GPU running games like Battlefield 4 and Shadow of Mordor in 4K resolution at max settings while keeping framerates well over 30fps. GTA V at Very High settings came in at 31.6fps. The massive 6GB of GDDR5 memory makes 4K playable.
Since most mid-range cards can already run games at 1080p easily, Nvidia seems to have focused the new cards in promoting 4k gaming which is likely to attract the high end gamer hence it is no surprise that Nvidia has announced a new set of 4K Asus and Acer monitors equipped with the graphics company’s G-Sync technology.
Nvidia also says that the GPU is designed to take advantage of the upcoming DirectX 12 graphics APIs for developers. DirectX 12 will allow the the new GPU to use its memory more efficiently when rendering complex volumetric elements, like fluids, smoke, fire, and advanced lighting effects.
A release from the company said: “Nvidia has supercharged the GTX 900-series Maxwell GPUs with DX12 features that unlock the full promise of the new API. All Maxwell GPUs support DX12, including support for conservative raster and volume tiled resources. This means developers can do more with their games on Maxwell than on any other GPU,”
Zotac has already announced its graphic card models with the based on the reference design making them the first in the country. The standard model will be available at INR 55,249 while the factory-overclocked model with a hybrid cooler featuring a copper water block will cost INR 69,999.
The GeForce GTX 980 Ti is a Maxwell architecture (GM200) 28nm based graphics cards. Maxwell is NVIDIA’s new architecture that is designed to work on a considerably lower power draw than the Kepler architecture. Maxwell’s low power footprint did wonders to the 750 Ti, which is a “proper” mid-range beast that has a TDP of 60W and works without a discrete power connector. Maxwell achieves this kind of power efficiency through a new design for the Streaming Multiprocessor(SM) which allows for more SMs per die with only a 25% increase in die area with the same 28nm manufacturing process as the previous Kepler parts. The performance per watt given out by Maxwell is twice that of its predecessor.
The GeForce GTX 980 Ti has a rated TDP of 250W, and Nvidia recommends a minimum 650W power supply unit to run the card. The company expects that gamers upgrading from cards one or two generations old will be looking to play the latest games at 4K with high quality settings, and says the GTX 980 Ti can provide up to 3x the power and 2.3x the relative performance per Watt of a GTX 680.
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 TI||NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X||NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Black||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960|
|Clock Speed||1000 MHz||1000 MHz||889 MHz||1126 MHz||1051 MHz||1127 MHz|
|Boost Clock||1076 MHz||1089 MHz||980 MHz||1216 MHz||1178 MHz||1178 MHz|
|VRAM||6 GB GDDR5||12 GB GDDR5||6 GB GDDR5||4 GB GDDR5||4 GB GDDR5||2 GB GDDR5|
|Memory Clock||7.0 Gbps||7.0 Gbps||7.0 Gbps||7.0 Gbps||7.0 Gbps||7.0 Gbps|
|Memory Bandwidth||336 GB/s||336.0 GB/s||336.0 GB/s||224.0 GB/s||224.0 GB/s||112.0 GB/s|
|Power Connectors||1x 6pin; 1x 8pin||8+6 Pin||8+6 Pin||Two 6-Pin||Two 6-Pin||One 6-Pin|