It’s me again, keeping track of graphic hardware for you folks as usual
For those not aware of Kepler, it´ll be the successor to the current Nvidia Generation of GeForce cards. The GPU is the direct successor to the GTX560 TI, which has a GF114 chip.
It seems the first GK104 beasts (the new chip) are in the hands of various insiders.
No one knows yet what actual name the card will have, most likely it’ll be the GF700 series but who cares about the name at this point anyways.
What’s important thus far is, that the cards have 8*GDDR5 chips which should result in 2GB VRAM on a 256 bit bus.
Rumors have it that to achieve a high performance with 256 bit (current GTX have 384bit) the memory clock will be quite high.
This already keeps the hopes up we’ll get 4GB cards from board partners and some space where to put CUDA scene data
The cards seem to have 26pin PCIe power plugs, which would mean 225W, while the AMD Thaiti got 28pin. So the nvidia might be more power efficient.
Very good news is that the chips are labled with A2 stepping, meaning those are not the first generation of chips and we can expect to get a mature chip already, not a betachip like the GF100 Fermi chips
It also seems that nvidia is already massing the chips to be able to provide the card on launch en masse and not just paperlaunch it.
In chinese forums the rumor is the card will be launched early march, in the western world the rumors are towards early april.
In any case it’s quite exciting.
Some of you might know Charlie Demerjian the founder of SemiAccurate, and he’s very, very critic to Nvidia, but he said that he had several of those cards in his hands already and that Kepler GK104 is superior to the AMD Thaiti in all aspects.
Remains to see the pricing, the benchmarks and most important how it’ll perform in OpenGL and CUDA.
I am the crying clown on this, on one site I am sitting on ants, excited about the new card which supposedly is a quantum leap again in performance, on the other side I am already afraid of nvidias “product strategies” shrugs
Which reminds me, anyone here has a HD7970 yet and can tell something about OpenGL performance in Blender?