Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 specs have been leaked

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With the launch of new high-end graphics cards from Nvidia just days away, Videocardz alleges that it has gotten its hands on the final specs sheet for the GeForce GTX 980, which will likely be the company’s premier single-GPU card once it launches. According to Videocardz, the GeForce GTX 980 will be powered by a base clock running at 1.126GHz, and boost clock of 1.216GHz, and a memory clock of 1.75GHz. The 780Ti, which is the card that it will be replacing, has base, boost, and memory clocks of 875MHz, 928MHz, and 1.75GHz, respectively.

In the lead up to the imminent launch of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 900 series, final specifications for the two top-end cards – the GTX 980 and GTX 970 – have been leaked thanks to VideoCardz.com. The GTX 980 flagship will reportedly come with 2,048 CUDA cores across 16 Streaming Multiprocessors Maxwell (SMM) units, up from the previously-rumored 1,920. It’ll also feature 4 GB of GDDR5 memory on a 256-bit bus, providing 224 GB/s of bandwidth, while the card’s TDP is listed at around 175 W. The TDP is especially interesting, considering it’s much lower than the previous generation. The Kepler-based GTX 780 with its GK110 GPU had a TDP of 250 W, so if these specifications are accurate, we’re looking at a 75 W drop in TDP in switching to a Maxwell architecture on the same 28nm fabrication node. In comparison, AMD’s Radeon R9 290X has a TDP of 290 W, so if the GTX 980 really does outperform it, it’ll be even more impressive when you consider the TDP is over 100 W lower.

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