The big news coming hot off the trunk line is from NVIDIA, who are taking the next logical step after the TWIMTBP Montreal conference earlier this month to bring us the release dates of some of their most hotly anticipated new products and feature-unlocking software. Headline amongst them is the GTX 780 Ti, unveiled by CEO Jen-Hsun Huang and now finally with a release date which is sooner than you may have thought.
The GeForce GTX 780 Ti will be available from Thursday 7th of November at a suggested e-tail price of $699 with EU/UK pricing to follow. The specs for the card have yet to be revealed but we anticipate that it will split the difference between the GTX 780 and TITAN in terms of CUDA Core numbers and also include aggressive reference GPU frequencies. As it's based on the same silicon as the GK110 of both those cards we hope that partner cooling designs should be available on or very soon after launch as well.
In tandem with this news is a considerable price correction for two SKUs in the GeForce performance range. The GTX 780 has now reached a much more affordable $499 MSRP, which means that in the UK they can now be had for less than £400. The GTX 770 has had its price point changed accordingly down to $329, such that you can pick up a retail 2GB GTX 770 for under £240. Variants with 4GB of on-board memory have also been corrected in price.
Without doubt this will be a shot across the bow of their chief competitor, who released their latest GPU last week to decidedly split reviews.
But that's not the end of the value. As part of their new Pirates, Heroes and Spies game promotion new purchases of a GTX 780 Ti, GTX 780 or GTX 770 will come with a free copy of Batman: Arkham Origins, Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Those looking for a card a little more affordable will be able to pick up a GTX 660/760 and receive Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.
Finally, today sees the launch of the GeForce ShadowPlay public beta. Designed to streamline the process of capturing high definition game footage on an NVIDIA Kepler-based GPU (i.e. GTX650 and above) and also intended to integrate with Twitch.tv, ShadowPlay is one of the features we've been most looking forward to trying out. We'll have our thoughts on ShadowPlay soon, but in the meantime you can read a little more about it here.
In the words of NVIDIA:
With GeForce GTX, The Way It’s Meant To Be Played ‘Pirates, Heroes and Spies’ Promotion and GeForce ShadowPlay, we’re changing the game and the way you play and share them.