According to 'Gibbo' on the Overclockers.co.uk forums, we should expect the new NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 670Ti and GEFORCE GTX 670 to launch late-April, or early-May. These two GPUs will be placed into price segments aimed at AMD's Radeon range of GPUs.
The GTX 670Ti will replace NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 580, and take on the HD 7950 3GB. The GTX 670 on the other hand, replaces the GTX 570 and should be slightly faster, too. The GTX 560Ti and 560 are not expected to be replaced with 600-series GPUs until much later into 2012.
The low-end 520/550 cards will reportedly be rebranded into the 600-series, where we should expect the usual same card, re-boxed as 600-series GPUs. Gibbo also mentions the dual-GPU NVIDIA beast, which we should expect to arrive as the GEFORCE GTX 690, and "can be released when NVIDIA desire to do so". The roadmap that Gibbo is coming from says that the GTX 680 is the fastest single-GPU card, but a faster single-GPU card is expected later this year.
It looks like we're not quite done with news about the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680. As our review showed, the card is pretty amazing and is still efficient while being amazing. Pictures have surfaced of a Galaxy-brand GTX 680 which is cooled by a single-slot cooler. This is made possible by the amazing efficiency of the new Kepler architecture.
195w TDP is pretty high to be handled by a single-slot cooler, so frequencies should be expected to be reference or below. This device certainly will be nice for smaller, mid-tower PCs or for a cramped PC in which you want to run SLI. No release date or specifications have been released. For all we know, this could be a prototype that never sees the market.
Earlier on today we met up with the folks from Palit and Gainward at their Taipei headquarters to discuss all things NVIDIA and GeForce since they now (finally) have a new GPU model to pimp and sell, that of course being the GeForce GTX 680.
During our meeting someone (we never actually got introduced) walked into our meeting and dropped off a second video card, besides the first Palit one we were looking about - but that Palit model needs to stay quiet a little longer yet, we may have already said too much.
Anyway, back on topic - what the man dropped off was a Gainward GTX 680 Phantom video card. On first inspection I asked if it was passively cooled, quickly realizing that would be near on impossible due to the fact that the GTX 680 is a high-end GPU part and generates a lot of heat. On closer inspection we saw that the Phantom actually includes two cooling fans built inside or at least just below the massive radiator / heatpipe design which covers the full top surface of the video card...
Kepler truly was a make-or-break launch for NVIDIA. With their competiton, AMD, squeezing out a full top to bottom line up before NVIDIA could even manage one launch, they had to have something wonderful and able to compete with AMD's offerings. Enter Kepler. This card has been roughly four years in the making. Rumors have been flying rampant regarding its projected performance.
Finally, launch day arrived (today). We were the first to publish a comprehensive review of the new card, and what a card it is. It's faster and more efficient than AMD's top card, the 7970, and it even overclocks better, at least with extreme cooling solutions. The launch was a little bit messy, what, with us not getting a card and stuff, but overall, NVIDIA had a successful launch of the GTX 680. So much of a great launch, that the CEO sent out an email company wide. You can see the email below the line.
Welcome to the future of graphics processing technology. Today, NVIDIA released the next-generation Kepler series with their current flagship card, the GTX 680. Following along with this release, NVIDIA has introduced their new mobile offerings in the form of the GeForce 600M series. It consists of several rebrands along with a bunch of new Kepler goodness.
The top two offerings, the 675M and the 670M, are basically rebrands of the 580M and 570M. It's likely that NVIDIA will release a Kepler based 680M sometime in the future, but currently, the top Kepler based card is the 660M. The 640M has some confusing aspects surrounding it. It is offered in both a 40nm and 28nm variant with differing core counts under the same name. I'm not 100% sure on how these will be told apart in market.
Most of these chips will not see the light of day until manufacturers start shipping notebooks based upon Intel's upcoming Ivy Bridge, but NVIDIA notes that some of the offerings are already available in Sandy Bridge based notebooks. The list of notebook manufacturers using Nvidia graphics include Acer, Alienware, Asus, Dell, Gigabyte, HP, Lenovo, MSI, Samsung, Toshiba, and Vizio.
We've had quite the eventful pre-launch news nuggets for the upcoming 28nm Kepler-named GEFORCE GTX 680 GPUs, but this is a totally new step in a very good direction: Newegg are the latest to jump the gun and offer the new GEFORCE GTX 680 GPU's for sale.
The cards are on sale for anywhere between $499.99 and $534.99, they have ASUS, GALAXY, ZOTAC, EVGA, GIGABYTE, PNY, and MSI cards listed. Availability is of course going to sink like hell on this as this news starts spreading, as everyone will be flocking to Newegg to hit up some of that Kepler lovin'. Get in quick, and remember to send me three of them, ok? The interesting thing I found is, when I've searched for them - they're gone. So it looks like Newegg have pulled them from the site - so I would keep your eyes peeled on this one, folks! They should pop up any second/hour/day now!
To throw in some extra awesome sauce on this news, we also have vice president of NVIDIA, Ujesh Desai presenting the GEFORCE GTX 680, in the video below:
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), is filled to the brim with 28nm orders, and is now likely to expand the process capacity later in the year, according to industry sources, reports DigiTimes. The sources have said that TSMC is reportedly running at full capacity at its 12-inch fabs, due to strong orders for 28nm, as well as 40nm and 65-based designs.
TSMC, instead of having to avoid orders and lose sales to United Microelectronics (UMC) and Samsung Electronics, the company will have to speed up the pace of it's leading-edge capacity expansion in particular, its 28nm capacity, according to these sources. The sources have added that a number of fabless and IDM companies have approached UMC and Samsung regarding their capacity for 28nm processes, while finding out that TSMC is unable to satisfy their demand due to its tight supply.
The firm is expected to spend $6 billion on capex in 2012, revising previous numbers. TSMC also stated during their most recent investor meeting that 28nm process technology could account for 5-percent of total wafter revenues in Q1 2012, up from 2-percent in Q4 2011.
Today has been a video card news pot of gold. First we had the GTX 680 pictures, then the GTX 680 review, then the HD 7990 specifications, and now this. Swedish proverclocker Elmor managed this feat with a MSI R7970 Lightning card, which is a non-reference variant on the AMD HD 7970. So, for all of those people out there that thought MSI was making too big of a deal of its product design, maybe its time to think again. After all, look at what this card was capable of doing!
That picture isn't photoshopped. What you can see there is a MSI 7970 running with an 1800 MHz Core clock and with a 7.70 GHz Memory clock. It required 1.7v and liquid nitrogen to achieve. The massive clocks yielded a memory bandwidth of almost 370GB/s and a 3DMark 11 performance score of P15035. The rest of the test-bed consisted of an Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition six-core chip clocked at 5207 MHz, with 4 GB (4x 1 GB) DDR3 memory clocked at 2314 MHz, and MSI Big Bang XPower II motherboard.
Today has been a day strictly about video cards, or so it seems. We now have a good idea what AMD's upcoming 7990's specifications should amount to. We also know basically what the nVidia GTX 680 is capable of. So, AMD needs to fire back with something to top it. Well, they hope that the 7990 is just the thing. Unfortunately, it may also eclipse the nVidia 8800 Ultra as the most expensive graphics card ever to be released in the process.
The rumored specifications of the HD 7990 will in essence be 2 x HD 7970 downclocked, Crossfire'd and cramped into a single GPU board. This means it will feature 48 CU covering 4096 SP and 256 TMU. It will have 6GB of total vRAM. It's clocks will be 850 MHz core and 5 GHz memory. An educated guess would place it at a TDP of ~375W and require two 8-pin power connectors. It is set to release in early April and regain the crown as the single fastest GPU. Well, at least until nVidia fires back with a dual-GK104 chip, possibly called the GTX 690.
Today has been a busy day regarding the upcoming nVidia GTX 680. A review of the card has been published on Tom's Hardware (since removed), even though the card hasn't even been launched. The card officially launches this Thursday, March 22nd. Take a look at its performance! Generally, it beats out the 7970, and comes close to the dual-chip cards of the previous generation, ie the GTX 590 and the 6990.
Additionally, the card had an overall lower draw the 7970, yet it still managed to beat it. It appears that nVidia has a winner here with Kepler. It even manages to beat the dual-chip cards in a few benchmarks! I can't wait to see the flagship version of Kepler, which has yet to be talked about. I think most gamers should be happy with the 680, however, since it is such a great card. But enough of my blab, I'm sure you would like to see the results!
That's right, you read the title right. We have in our digital possession 3 pictures of a yet unreleased retail Gigabyte GTX 680 graphics card. It would appear that Gigabyte has followed nVidia's reference board design for this card, opting to use the stock cooler. The only thing that is a visible change is the futuristic sci-fi art on the cooler shroud.
Earlier today we reported on another store listing the GTX 680 for sale. I commented on how, with all of these store postings, that the release of the GTX 680 must be coming soon. These pictures confirm just that. We have proof of a retail packaged GTX 680 meaning these are probably on the way to retail stores now. The first images of a retail GTX 680 have appeared online thanks to Overclock.net forum member "ironman86." They show that the card does in fact use two 6-pin power connectors. The source has promised us benchmarks, and we will try to get them posted as soon as he does. In the meantime, take a look at the rest of the pictures.
It seems like everyone is jumping the gun trying to sell a card that doesn't even technically exist yet. Yes, I know it will exist at some point, but until it's released, it doesn't exist as far as I am concerned. The latest posting comes in the form of two cards being listed for sale at $578.20 on NCIX.com. One card is by eVGA and one is by MSI.
With all of these slip ups, we have to be getting close to release date. We just have to be! The new postings don't really give us any sort of extra information that we don't already know, other than a possible selling price and what speed MSI's factory overclocked card is going to be running at. In case you're curious, that speed happens to be 1056Mhz. The MSI listing is here, and the eVGA listing is here.
A post over on Overclock3D.net has a surprise for ya'll. It's a picture of GIGABYTE's GEFORCE GTX 680 GPU, and while I'm excited to see what NVIDIA's latest Kepler 28nm-based GPU can do, the GIGABYTE card seems very reference. In a world where AMD allowed non-reference designs on their top-end GPUs, it's a bit saddening to see this.
The first picture is of the box, where it features the GIGABYTE robotic eye which looks cool, I always associate it with Transformers for some reason. We see that it sports 2048MB of GDDR5 RAM, and includes a 3-year warranty on the card, again, great work by GIGABYTE. We also see that it's based on PCI-Express 3.0 and includes support for DirectX 11, which is something that should be standard, and known by now.
Forget buying your GTX680 overseas, it's now available for order in the US priced only at $566.75. While we don't learn anything new from the product page, it almost certainly confirms that it's coming, and it's coming soon. The site is taking orders, so if you're interested in running SLI, now might be the best time to pick up 2 or even 3. That is, if your pocketbook can handle it.
You can view the product page here and check it out or even order some, as the orders are being taken "regardless of availability." If you do decide to purchase one, do you mind grabbing one for me?
GPU season, here we come! One of the first online store listings of NVIDIA's GEFORCE 680 is here, with the ZOTAC-branded card making an appearance on the Dutch-based online store, ComCom.nl. The card is priced at 426.20€ excluding taxes, and 507.18€ inclusive.
The store is accepting orders, with shipping dates between 2-5 weeks. There's no limit on how many you can purchase, so if you want to hit up the reported 3-way SLI maximum, get on it. While you're at it, I'll take three of them too, just because you love me. The ComCom listing actually lists some specs too:
Core speed - 1006MHz
Memory speed - 6008MHz (effective)
RAM - 2GB
Display connectivity - two DVI, one HDMI and one DisplayPort.
Team Green haven't even started waving the winning flag from their upcoming GEFORCE GTX 680 (it still feels weird typing it in ALL CAPS), but AMD are beginning to knock at NVIDIA's wall, and the cracks are falling to the ground.
If we rummage through the cracks and debris on the ground, we'll find news of AMD's upcoming dual-GPU monster, Radeon HD 7990. The new card is codenamed New Zealand, and is set to launch shortly after NVIDIA plants their GEFORCE GTX 680 flag into the ground. It's rumored that AMD are awaiting final benchmarks of the GTX 680 before they launch its competition.
There's no set date, numbers or more details, except for 'it should be here in early-April'. You can be sure that NVIDIA isn't just sitting on their hands, and they should counter with a dual-GPU Kepler-based card. Oh boy, graphics wars are on again, peeps!
As we near the release date of the nVidia GTX 680, more and more charts are surfacing with purported performance, specifications, and the like. Today is no exception. There appears to be 6 new benchmarks run on the card, using an extreme-cooled Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition processor (running at stock frequency), ASUS Rampage IV Extreme motherboard, 8 GB (4x 2 GB) GeIL EVO 2 DDR3-2200 MHz quad-channel memory, Corsair AX1200W PSU, and Windows 7 x64.
Benchmarks included 3DMark 11 (performance preset), Battlefield 3, Batman: Arkham City, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Lost Planet 2, and Unigine Heaven (version not mentioned, could be 1). All tests were run at a constant resolution of 1920x1080, with 8x MSAA on some tests (mentioned in the graphs).
NVIDIA are mere days away from releasing their Kepler-based GEFORCE GTX 680, but there is still secrets that are leaking through the cracks. It seems that NVIDIA could have baked a new anti-aliasing (AA) algorithm into the Kepler family of GPUs.
There are plenty of different forms of AA, including FXAA, which have enabled higher levels of image quality, all while not being as taxing on the GPU as MSAA. This leaves one area to improve, to offer better image quality (IQ) while lowering the performance penalty when its enabled. According to the above screenshot, which is rumored to be sourced from NVIDIA's GeForce Kepler press-deck, the new algorithm is compared to 8x MSAA, where it gives superior image quality.
We all know that 8x MSAA is not easy for a GPU and definitely takes an arrow to the knee in terms of performance degradation for a GPU. But, this new screenshot shows us an anti-aliasing method that does indeed look taxing, but if NVIDIA has rubbed their genie lamp, we could expect some amazing AA, where it won't be too taxing on the GPU itself. The latest NVIDIA rumor showed that when Battlefield 3 was running its AA, it had some stellar performance.
Chinese media site PCOnline.com.cn have released what they claim to be an snipper from the press-desk of NVIDIA's GEFORCE GTX 680 launch, which is scheduled for March 22. The specs look interesting indeed.
We should be expecting the GTX 680 to sport 1536 CUDA cores, a base clock of 1006MHz, boost clock of 1058MHz, 2GB of GDDR5 ram with a 256-bit wide bus, 6.0Gbps effective memory speed, power connector-wise we should see dual 6-pin, 195W total TDP, dual dual-link DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort 1.2 and finally, will arrive in PCI-Express 3.0.
If this is true, it goes hand-in-hand with most of the information that has slowly leaked over the last few weeks, and should be some great competition for the already kick ass Radeon HD 7970. Not long to go now everyone! Wave your Team Green flags, now!
Ah, NVIDIA charts. The memories are flooding back now, it feels like so long since I've seen them, but they're back, and in force. NVIDIA's latest charts are for their 28nm-built, Kepler-based NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 680, caps intended.
If the above charts are true, which most of the time they are not because it's really just a closed-world internal test by NVIDIA themselves, then we're looking at an amazing 40-percent increase over the AMD Radeon HD 7970 in some tests. 15 tests were used, from 7 games/benchmarks. All benchmarks were run with AA, then again without AA.
The one test that got my GPU juices flowing was the Battlefield 3 test with 4xAA, look at those improvements. If only I had the time to play Battlefield 3, I'd probably get 1 or 3 of these new GEFORCE GTX 680's. In the end, it looks as though that crown AMD have graced on their head, is about to get a can of whoop ass thrown at it. Green Team, unite!
More details are arriving for NVIDIA's soon-to-arrive GEFORCE GTX 680, and these new specs are quite interesting. Fudzilla's source are saying that the new GTX 680 will sport two 6-pin PCI-Express power connectors to provide a total TDP of around 190W.
Higher performance per watt is expected from not only users of the card, but NVIDIA, too. Considering the card features 1536 shader units, 2 (or 4GB) of GDDR5 memory clocked at 6GHz, a reported 'very high' GPU clock, we should expect very good things from the GTX 680. Performance is said to be in the area of AMD's Radeon HD 7970, where it wins in some benchmarks, and loses in others. These results are from NVIDIA, so we'll have to wait for some real-world testing.
The GPU itself is said to be around 300mm² in size, too. Price-wise, we should expect a US$549 price, but that is to be expected. NVIDIA is launching a card with more performance than the GTX 580, with much better performance per watt numbers. We should expect some competition in pricing, but that comes down to GPU flavor from other companies such as ASUS, GIGABYTE, MSI, etc as well as heated up competition from the already-released HD 7970.