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EXPreview have posted some interesting news/rumor/talk about the upcoming 28nm-based NVIDIA Kepler GPUs where forum friend of EXPreview "phk" posted an article saying:
During the week of March 15th, there comes with spot goods, NVIDIA won't follow AMD in spite of tight schedule.
Although phk doesn't state which product/s will debut, it should be an NVIDIA Kepler-based product. Whether this will be a paper launch, or a proper launch, I guess we'll have to wait and see. NVIDIA will need to release something, because if they don't, AMD will have a near top-to-bottom release of their GCN-based cards before NVIDIA even drops a single Kepler GPU. Can Team Green do it?
AMD have had their launch of their Radeon 7900-series, and now its time for the next Graphics CoreNext cards to be unveiled, the "Pitcairn" cards. The Pitcairn cards will slot into the Radeon HD 7800-series, where we'll see three SKUs from this series.
First up we'll have the Radeon HD 7870, then a 2GB 7850 and a 1GB 7850. Spec-wise, we have:
Radeon HD 7870
- 22 GCN CUs, 1408 stream processors
- 88 TMUs, 24 ROPs (de-linked from memory bus)
- 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, 2 GB
- Clock speeds of 950 MHz core, 1375 MHz (5.50 GHz effective) memory
Radeon HD 7850
- 20 Graphics CoreNext Compute Units, 1280 stream processors
- 80 TMUs, 24 ROPs (de-linked from the memory bus, of course)
- 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, 2 GB and 1 GB variants
- Clock speeds of 900 MHz core, 1250 MHz (5.00 GHz effective) memory
NVIDIA rebrands again, and is set to release the 6th member of the desktop GTX 560 family, which will enjoy giving presents to the following GPUs on Christmas: GTX 560 Ti, GTX 560, GTX 560 Ti (OEM), GTX 560 (OEM) and GTX 560 Ti 448 Core.
But, the GTX 560 SE seems to fall in line more with the OEM GTX 555 than those GPUs. The GTX 560 SE is made from a GF114 derivative, but with 2 SMs disabled which brings it to a total of 288 SP and 48 TMU. Core clocks will be placed at 776MHz, with shaders placed at 1552MHz. 1 MC is disabled, which gives the GTX 560 SE a memory interface of 192-bit, with 3828MHz 1GB GDDR5 with a total bandwidth of 92GB/sec.
The new GTX 560 SE is expected to offer performance similar to that of the GTX 555 OEM, and is looking to go into the ring against the quite-amazing AMD Radeon HD 7770. It will be priced quite competitively, at the $150-mark, but won't match AMD's amazing performance/watt ratio.
AMD's first super-affordable Graphics Core Next-based, 28nm GPUs are here in the form of the AMD Radeon HD 7770 and HD 7750. They offer some really impressive value for money.
The new GPUs are in the under-$199 category, which is perfect for budget-concious gamers. The HD 7770 seems to keep up and sometimes beat the already-great NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti card, which is something truly amazing considering it's maximum power consumption comes in at under 85W. Yes, under 85W. For comparison sake, the GTX 560 Ti uses over 215W.
Take a look at some of the reviews of the new GPU below:
I'm a sucker for GPU-related anything, really. I've reported a few times on rumors or news of NVIDIA's upcoming 28nm spin dubbed "Kepler", with the GK104 part being the mid-range power-house that should have the socks of most people being knocked off, if they can get it right. NVIDIA have been rumored to launch some cards in the March/April time frame and it seems this could be correct.
First off, as always, here's some salt. Let's get into it: SemiAccurate are reporting that GK104 Kepler GPUs are in the wild, and are being testing by AIB's (add-in board partners).
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PowerColor have teased everyone on their Facebook page with a glimpse of their new AMD Radeon HD 7970 GPU. Nothing more than it's "our new HD 7970 design posing for the camera" has been said from PowerColor.
What we can see though, are multiple video outputs, looks like the new HD 7970 from PowerColor sports dual DVI, HDMI, and dual DisplayPort. The card is still a dual-slot card, with two big fans on the front of it and a decently thick heatpipe design behind it.
More information on this bad boy as it comes. I do like the black/blue design of it. Reminds me of getting a bruise. This could could be powerful enough to punch the lights out of other HD 7970s, and give them... bruises? We'll find out soon enough. Hopefully our VGA editor is out of hospital by then, but I'm sure he's enjoying his Razer Blade gaming laptop too much, eh? ;)
First up, here's some salt. See your shoulder? Throw some over it. Now we can get into the news, SemiAccurate have luckily enough, had their eyes on NVIDIA's Kepler/GK104 chip. The chip they saw, they measured, which is great news for us.
Measurements of GK104 come in at roughly 18-19mm * 18-19mm, putting the range from 324-361mm^2. This is bigger than SA were expecting, but compared to AMD's Tahiti, it actually measures in smaller. Performance on GK104 is said to be quite good, and it should be around the same efficiency as AMD's current chips, but this time, in favor of Team Green, will reportedly draw a fair bit less power.
GK104, if priced correctly, could be the 2012 mid-range super GPU. That is, if NVIDIA can keep GK104 together and not let anything slip from its current yield. Things can change rapidly, but if they don't, we could see some very amazing things from Team Green. It's almost time to get out those green flags, people.
Nearly twelve months ago, I wrote a news piece about the launch of AMD's Radeon HD 6990 where I said it "punches all other GPU's in the nuts", and it seemed to be a catchy title, that just spilled out of my mind, into my hands, and onto the screen. A lot of what I type happens this way, I guess it's just my hektik writing skillz, maybe.
Anyway, a leaked roadmap for AMD's Radeon HD 7000 series has found its way onto the tubes, and it unveils the Q2 2012 launch of AMD's dual-GPU HD 7990, which will most likely kick every other GPU in the nuts this time. Exact launch timing, is "TBD", but there are some other tid bits included in the roadmap.
We should expect the HD 7870 "Pitcairn XT" to sport 2GB of RAM, and the HD 7850 "Pitcairn Pro" to also sport 2GB of RAM. Launch timing on these two GPUs are an expected March launch, which isn't too far away. Next up we have the HD 7770 "Cape Verde XT" and HD 7750 "Cape Verde Pro", both sporting 1GB of memory and have launch times of just two weeks from now on the 15th of February.
Pictures of Sapphire's non-reference, single fan Radeon HD 7950 have floated onto the surface of the web and it looks quite interesting indeed. It's reported that the single fan model will most likely stick to AMD's reference clock speeds of 800MHz core, 1250MHz (5GHz GDDR5 effective) speeds.
The PCB is Sapphire's usual sexy blue color, with the cooler quite compact and as previously mentioned, just a single fan design. Display output wise, we have two mini-DisplayPort, one HDMI and one DVI. It has also been reported that the maximum factory overclocking permitted by AMD to AIB (Add-in Board) partners is 900MHz for the core, and stock memory clocks.
Does this card cater to your needs? A single fan, non-reference HD 7950 is quite good for those who want to build HTPC's. Will you get one?