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?

Last Updated: August 29, 2014

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