Nvidia might skip the 800-series

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Nvidia’s 700-series of graphics cards released ages ago, with slight variations keeping things interesting for the past few months. They’ve been working hard on their new Maxwell architecture, which is said to headline their new 800-series line of cards. But now, there may not be an 800-series at all.

Nvidia has messed around with the naming conventions of their cards. In the past, laptop versions of GPU’s were suffixed with an “M” to show that they were mobile versions of desktop cards. That changed earlier this year when Nvidia launched laptop chips under the 800-series label, again with the suffix at the end.

Everyone has assumed that the desktop versions of the 800-series, rumored for an October launch, would basically just drop the suffix and avoid confusion. That was until Nvidia hinted at another wave of laptop chips that would now fall under the 900-series banner, which is almost certainly going to confuse the living hell out of everyone.

So that’s why, according to a report, Nvidia might be skipping the 800-series label entirely. Meaning that when the next wave of desktop cards launch, they could be the GTX 970 and 980 instead of the 870 and 880 respectively. This wipes out all of the confusion Nvidia brought on themselves, although I’m guessing the we’re in for another reboot after the 900-series.

We’ll see soon whether Nvidia goes this route or not, but at the end of the day it doesn’t really make much of a difference. Nvidia is launching a new line of pixel pushing hardware that everyone is hoping will be a massive leap forward, and that’s all that really matters. Who really cares what name is slapped on the box at the end of the day?

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Last Updated: August 29, 2014

Alessandro Barbosa

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  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Over 9000+!

  • Lord Chaos

    Meh, go Red team

  • Matthew Heimlich

    They did (more or less) the same thing with the 300 series. Clearly no one died.

  • Hurry up and release already!!

  • Wyzak

    Will probably pick up a 860 or a 960 myself.

    • chimera_85

      I’ve got a 960 (2GB) and she performs really well (EVGA). I only got back into PC gaming about 3 months ago haha so haven’t played any brand new games until Star Wars Battlefront beta and was getting a solid not a single drop below 60fps with vsync on, on high. I have an i5 4460 3.2Ghz and 8GB RAM

      • Wyzak

        I went and got a 970. Amazing card.

  • Charl van der Merwe

    It’s never a massive leap forward, it’s always “oh look, this new chipset is 50% faster than the old ones, lets dumb it down in to various models and call the fastest one titan 2 and price it all accordingly.”

    This goes for ATI too

  • FoxOneZA

    The 900 series will be see the last of the current architecture until we start to see stacked 3D transistor GPU’s.

    • Jack

      Cant wait to see how Pascal performs :pppppp

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