NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 Specs and Price Leak, Release is Imminent
NVIDIA has recently released the high-end GeForce GTX 980 and 970 video cards models which will sell in limited quantities. But what most consumers are interested in is the mid-range GeForce GTX 960 version.
We’re slightly more than one week before the highly lucrative holiday season kickstarts, and consumers would definitely like to buy a Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 video card this Christmas for their gaming needs. It can serve as an excellent gift for game aficionados, too.
And it seems that we could be in luck, as the specs and potential price of the device have already leaked. An import/export Indian website, called Zauba, lists a certain GTX 960 graphics card, along with its specs and even the price.
The listing says that the GeForce GTX 960 will have 4GB of RAM and a 256-bit memory interface. There’s a 993/6008 reference which probably refers to memory clocks. The GTX 960 seems to use the same Maxwell-based GM204 GPU as the more apt models.
Nvidia’s GTX 960 is also said have DisplayPort, HDMI, and dual DVI outputs. It’s interesting to observe that there’s a per-unit price listed at around $256 USD, which is what we’d expect for a mid-range card. As you can see for yourself in the screenshot, the shipment actually took place on September 29, which means the official launch is going to happen soon.
Here’s an interesting comment left on the TechReport website, which was the first one to break the story:
As a matter of fact, Nvidia should have released the GTX 960 quite a while ago, but it has probably decide to give the 980 and 970 more room for sales.
This just reiterates something we already knew. The 960 was meant to be released already. The thing is, with AMD idling and yawning their way through several generations of cards, nVidia’s sat on new tech a lot lately. It’s no surprise they want to maximize their sales of 980’s and 970’s, the latter of which were already a crazy good deal for the most part (assuming you’re fine with coil whine). The 960 would have been necessary had Tonga been anything except a slight decline from the 7970 it apparently replaced. It is not. Hell, they even dropped the VRAM on Tonga to less than the 3GB that was already kinda subpar by the time Tonga shipped.
Given AMD’s modest target (ie., mostly match the 7970 but at a cheaper price for AMD per GPU), the 960 was unnecessary. nVidia can slam dunk the 970, sit on the 960, sell all their remaining 760’s by dropping it to $200, and shrug away the remainder of 2014.
Then in early 2015, when AMD starts to rev up the engines for something a little 3xx-ish, they can magically show up with a 960 that drops the 970’s pricing some and gives you 90-ish % of what a 970 is (and 80-ish% a 980) for well below $300. At the same time, as if by magic, you’ll see 970’s with 8GB show up (and 980’s too if they haven’t already shown up by then), opening up a world of hurt on AMD again across all their lines.
As long as AMD stretches their competition out as long and slowly as possible, nVidia is going to have many opportunities to use their superior R&D to smack them around.
Along with the GTX 960 release, Nvidia could also launch the GeForce GTX Titan II, based on GM200 silicon. The video card is said to be manufactured using a 28nm process and will feature 3,072 CUDA, which is over 1,000 more than the GTX 980. A wider 384-bit GDDR5 memory bus with lossless texture compression, connected to a huge 12 GB of memory is also said to be on the cards.