Rumours of Nvidia’s new flagship have been floating around for quite some time now, but in the last few weeks these rumours have started to ramp up in their intensity once more. The latest (and indeed most plausible by the looks of things) rumour is that Nvidia will show off the GTX880 at a press conference scheduled for next month and the Maxwell architecture it runs off. Previous rumours pointed to a release before the end of 2014 so a Septermber release would be much earlier than a lot of people were expecting, but it’ll certainly be interesting to see how AMD respond if this rumour does indeed turn out true.
And it’s perfectly possible, Nvidia has been working solidly on Maxwell for a while now it’s safe to say – their last release was the Titan Z in late may and thus they’ve had just over two months to make solid progress on their new architecture so it’s definitely possible.
It’ll only be a successful blow to AMD’s efforts if it is a worthwhile upgrade over the previous 780 and 780ti, and with a rumoured 256 bit memory interface and 4 or 8GB of GDDR5 (source VideoCardz) it isn’t possible to say yet if it will be any faster. But it is expected that the GTX880 will cost less than $500 which would make it just under £300 in the UK – a lot cheaper than Nvidia’s previous offerings, so even if it’s not the fastest it may well be cheaper than the 780ti depending how Nvidia choose to convert their price in dollars to pounds.
So what do you think? Could we be seeing Nvidia’s new cards as soon as September, and do you think the 880 will be faster than the 780ti? Let us know.