Rumor: Nvidia kills some Maxwell chips ahead of June Pascal launch


— 10:46 AM on April 18, 2016

Many were disappointed by the lack of a consumer Pascal graphics card announcement at Nvidia's GTC a couple weeks ago, but new rumors from the graphics card supply chain suggest we won't have long to wait for more info about those cards. Korean site Hardware Battle and WCCFTech claim that Nvidia is discontinuing production of the GM200 and GM204 GPUs that power the GTX 970, GTX 980, and GTX 980 Ti, and new production of those cards has also been halted by Nvidia's board partners. This move is purportedly being made to allow existing inventory of those graphics cards to clear ahead of a June launch date for consumer Pascal graphics cards.

WCCFTech claims a Pascal launch event is scheduled a few weeks prior to Computex 2016, which runs from May 31 to June 4. After that event, the site claims that GTX 980 and GTX 980 Ti replacements will launch in early June, followed by a GTX 970 replacement in mid-June. Both WCCFTech and Hardware Battle refer to the new model line as the GeForce GTX 1000 series, but we still have no official word on what these consumer Pascal parts will be called. Given that Nvidia's top-end GeForce Titan X graphics card has seemingly disappeared from Newegg's product listings, there may be something to these rumors. We'll be keeping our ears to the ground for more info regarding consumer Pascal cards as we draw closer to Computex.

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