After several weeks of rumours being drip fed into the Internet community, green giant Nvidia has today officially confirmed the first two cards for their GTX 900 graphics processor lineup: the GTX 970 and GTX 980.
The new series will be boasting the very powerful Maxwell chipset, which according to Nvidia "is a major leap in GPU engineering, bringing new ideas to the table that will enhance and improve your experiences in meaningful, impactful ways." The choice to skip the desktop 800 series was made due to perceived confusion over Nvidia's current mobile GPU series, though we aren't quite sure who exactly would be confused.
Here is the quick skinny on the card specs: The GTX 970 has 1664 processor cores running at a base frequency of 1050MHz (boost clock of 1178MHz), while the beefier GTX 980 has 2048 cores running at 1126MHz (boost clock of 1216MHz). The GTX 970 and the GTX 980 both have a 256-bit interface to 4GB of GDDR5 memory running at an effective speed of 7Gbps.
According to PCWorld
the card brackets will feature three dual-link DVI connectors for multi-screen use, a DisplayPort 1.2, and a HDMI 2.0 link. The HDMI port is definitely a big one as PCWorld points out, with the 2.0 revision supporting 4K resolution at a refresh rate of 60Hz - the older 1.4b was only able to support 4K resolution at 30Hz.
Of course it isn't like Nvidia to just stop at making games run faster, with the company promising four new features that will make games even more realistic: Dynamic Super Resolution, Multi-Frame-Sampled Anti-aliasing (MFAA), Voxel Global Illumination, and VR Direct. You can find the full writeup on those features at the site's official splash page
Currently prices for Australia are sitting at AUD$519 for the GTX 970 4GB, and AUD$799 for the GTX 908 4GB. That's a whopping 39.5% markup for the 970 and 38.8% markup for the 980. Youch.