GeForce GTX 970/980 with 8 GB of memory is still in the plans of NVIDIA

GeForce GTX 970/980 with 8 GB of memory is still in the plans of NVIDIA

The first rumors about the graphics cards GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 with 8 GB of memory on board any more in October 2014. However, none of these graphics cards did not appear in the last year on the market. Apparently, the video card GeForce GTX 970/980 with 8 GB of GDDR5 memory is still in the plans of NVIDIA, but the time of their release depends on the availability of high-performance 8-Gbit chips.

While partners Advanced Micro Devices last year began shipping 8GB versions of graphics cards AMD Radeon R9 290X, they used 16 chips GDDR5 memory capacity of 4 GB. For some reason, NVIDIA and its allies have decided not to follow the example of competitors and not to use these chips to create GDDR5 8GB adapters for desktop PCs, and decided to wait until Samsung Electronics will start the delivery capacity of the memory chips 8Gb.

Chinese version of VR-Zone has published an excerpt of the document Samsung, according to which the world’s largest manufacturer of dynamic random access memory (dynamic random access memory, DRAM) will start to supply samples of 8-Gbit GDDR5 memory chips in the first quarter of 2015. The new chips will be able to work on a variety of effective clock frequencies up to 8 GHz, and thus can be used for video game consoles, and for the most powerful graphics cards.
Once Samsung starts mass production of chips GDDR5 memory capacity of 8 GB, NVIDIA partners will be able to submit a GeForce GTX 970/980 with 8 GB of onboard memory.

It is worth noting that the GeForce GTX 970M and GTX 980M notebook already comes with 6 and 8 GB of memory.

GeForce GTX 970/980 with 8 GB of memory is still in the plans of NVIDIA

Unfortunately, to date, nothing is known about the prices of new graphics cards with 8 GB of GDDR5. On the one hand, NVIDIA and its partners could provide a more expensive version of GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 with increased memory capacity to attract the attention of enthusiasts. On the other, Issue 8 GB versions of the above cards could be part of reformatting the entire family of topical products NVIDIA, which would include including changes in prices for current products.

Although 8 GB GDDR5 DRAM on modern graphics cards are redundant for the majority of games, some games still get the benefit of this amount of memory. In addition, the 8 GB on board are often useful in 4K-resolutions.

According to unofficial information, NVIDIA is going to present premium graphics cards based on the processor GM200 in the first quarter. Probably, most of the adapters based on GM200 will carry 6 GB of onboard memory (as GM200 has a 384-bit memory bus). However, due to the appearance of 8-Gbit chips can be expected that the most expensive version of the cards will be equipped GM200 12 GB of memory.

According to unofficial sources, AMD also plans to release a premium graphics card Radeon R9 based on the new GPU and HBM-memory in the first quarter of 2015. Although the new graphics cards and get a memory bandwidth of 640 GB / s, they can carry “only” a 4GB memory on board due to the current level of development of HBM. Given this fact, it would be extremely interesting to compare the performance of the new Radeon R9 with 4 GB very fast HBM-memory against the GeForce GTX 6 GB (or 12 GB) GDDR5 c capacity of 336 – 384 GB / s.

NVIDIA has not commented on the possibility of 8GB adapters for desktop PCs based on GeForce GTX 970 and GeForce GTX 980.

GeForce GTX 970/980 with 8 GB of memory is still in the plans of NVIDIA updated: January 12, 2015 author: John Malkovich