Is A GTX 960 Ti Graphics Card On The Horizon?
The recent release of the R9 380X “AntinguaXT” GPU has somewhat cemented AMD’s $250 price point, with the GTX 970 priced out of contention, and the GTX 960 not being able to achieve the same degree of performance. Not only has the R9 380X offered something for gamers at the sweet spot of $250, but it’s also exposed a large gap in pricing and performance in the NVIDIA lineup. However, that might change if sources from chinese website Benchlife.info are to be believed, and we may get a new cut down GM204 based GPU from NVIDIA.
The GTX 960 has 1024 CUDA cores in 8SMMs while the GTX 970 has 1664 CUDA cores in 13SMMs. This large gap in technicals suggests that a new card from the green team might slot in somewhere between those two, with either 10 or 11 SMMS and 1280-1408 CUDA cores. You might think a card like this will need to be “new”, but in fact NVIDIA do already have a chip that meets this specification, and it’s an OEM GTX 960, which runs on a 196-bit bus and has 10 SMMs and 1280 CUDA cores. NVIDIA simply need to rebrand this as a GTX 960 Ti and presto, a new mainstream card for the masses will exist. This is not something new that NVIDIA has done to plug performance gap in their lineup– the GTX 660 was upgraded to a GTX 660 Ti, which also went from a 128-bit bus to a 196-bit bus. The results of that upgrade were quite profound, and it opened up the performance of that Kepler GPU quite nicely.
The one issue I see is that we’re starting to get 4GB GTX 960s, but the OEM GTX 960 ships with 3GBs. So if a GTX 960 Ti does see the light of day, will it also get 4GB of memory or stick to 3GB? Regardless of the memory configuration, to me it’s a no-brainer that NVIDIA will need to bring out a new card to provide competition within the $250 price point.