NVIDIA GTX 980M and 970M to be Replaced in Q3/Q4 2016
Based on the Maxwell GM204 architecture, NVIDIA GTX 980M and GTX 970M were launched together on OCtober 7, 2014 for high-end gaming laptops. However, their time at the top is going to be over soon.
According to news that we have picked up recently, successors to both the graphics cards are on their way and will probably get launched in the second half of this year.
Although the source of the news is not an official one, but a number of other details have also been shared alongside that expected launch date which suggest there is some truth in the reports.
For instance, it looks like the GTX 980M is going to be replaced by GTX 980MX while the GTX 970M is expected to be replaced by GTX 970MX. In terms of specifications, we have been able to find out that GTX 980MX is going to be based on Maxwell architecture while the GTX 970MX will come packing a stripped version of the Maxwell GM204 architecture.
The GTX 980MX is expected to have 1664 Cuda Cores, 104 TMUs, and 64 ROPs while GTX 970MX is expected to have 1408 CUDA cores, 88 TMUs, and 56 ROPs. While the former is expected to ship with 1048MHz and 5.00GHz memory clock, the latter could settle with 941MHz core clock and a 5.00GHz memory clock. Also, the former will have 4GB and 8GB GDDR5 variants while the latter will have 3GB and 6GB GDDR5.
The memory interfaces for the GTX 980M and 970M successors will be 256-bit and 192-bit respectively and a TDP of 125W and 100W respectively.
So far there is no word on the pricing of the GTX 980MX or GTX 970MX but watch this space for more details.