The first pictures have emerged of Nvidia’s Maxwell GPU-powered GeForce GTX 980, which is expected to be officially unveiled at Nvidia’s Game24 event this weekend. The GeForce GTX 980 will be Nvidia’s new flagship model, and if recent 3DMark Fire Strike benchmarks are anything to go by it will deliver around 15% faster performance than the GeForce GTX 780 Ti.

The leaked images suggest that the GeForce GTX 980 will adopt a similar design to the GTX 780 Ti and the GeForce GTX Titan Z among others, including the use of an NVTTM cooler for the reference design. This will allow it to dissipate 250W worth of power despite the GTX 980 only using 180W, giving some room for some serious overclocking.

Taking a look at the innards reveals that the GeForce GTX 980 will carry a total of eight 512MB modules totalling 4GB of VRAM across a 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory bus. The relatively low figures belie Nvidia’s use of its new Maxwell architecture which focuses on power efficiency, while the expected bump in L2 cache reduces the memory bandwidth needed.

Maxwell first debuted with the GeForce GTX 750 Ti and its GM 107 GPU, which is capable of running off power purely from PCI Express. The GeForce GTX 980 features an updated Maxwell GM 204 GPU that should massively improve power consumption over its predecessor. From the images it looks like it draws its power from a pair of 6-pin PCIe power connectors. 

We expect to hear more about Nvidia's GeForce GTX 980 and potentially other upcoming cards at the Game24 taking place this weekend, so keep your eyes peeled on Game Debate for updates. Looking at picking a GTX 980 up? Impressed by its low power draw and high performance? Let us know!