Wednesday, March 7th 2012

GeForce GTX 680 Features Speed Boost, Arrives This Month, etc., etc.

Here are some key bits of information concerning the upcoming GeForce GTX 680, a performance single-GPU graphics card based on the 28 nm GK104 GPU by NVIDIA. The information, at face value, is credible, because we're hearing that a large contingent of the media that finds interest in the GPU industry, is attending the Game Developers Conference, where it could interact with NVIDIA, on the sidelines. The source, however, is citing people it spoke to at CeBIT.

First, and most interesting: with some models of the GeForce 600, NVIDIA will introduce a load-based clock speed-boost feature (think: Intel Turbo Boost), which steps up clock speeds of the graphics card when subjected to heavy loads. If there's a particularly stressing 3D scene for the GPU to render, it overclocks itself, and sees the scene through. This ensures higher minimum and average frame-rates.

Second, you probably already know this, but GK104 does indeed feature 1,536 CUDA cores, which lend it a strong number-crunching muscle that helps with shading, post-processing, and GPGPU.

Third, the many-fold increase in CUDA cores doesn't necessarily amount to a linear increase in performance, when compared to the previous generation. The GeForce GTX 680 is about 10% faster than Radeon HD 7970, in Battlefield 3. In the same comparison, the GTX 680 is slower than HD 7970 at 3DMark 11.

Fourth, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 will very much launch in this month. It won't exactly be a paper-launch, small quantities will be available for purchase, and only through select AIC partners. Quantities will pick up in later months.

Fifth, there's talk of GK107, a mid-range GPU based on the Kepler architecture, being launched in April.

Next up, NVIDIA is preparing a dual-GPU graphics card based on the GK104, it is slated for May, NVIDIA will use Graphics Technology Conference (GTC), as its launch-pad.

Lastly, GK110, the crown-jewel of the Kepler GPU family, will feature as many as 2,304 CUDA cores. There's absolutely no word on its whereabouts. The fact that NVIDIA is working on a dual-GK104 graphics card indicates that we won't see this chip very soon.Source: Heise.de
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105 Comments on GeForce GTX 680 Features Speed Boost, Arrives This Month, etc., etc.

#1
xNinjaSkillz
by: alexsubri
Of course BF3 would play horrible on a 6750 lol...the 67xx are like low-mid range GPUs. If you wanted decent play, I'd at least go with a 6870.
Well had i known anything about gfx cards (and cpu's for that matter) when i was building my pc i definitely would've gone intel + nvidia....instead i have a phenom ii 965 and a nearly worthless hd 6750 (booooo red!!!!) and to be fair the phenom ii isn't horrible... it's just not an intel, and the gfx card is good for a budget gamer...but not if you want to get fat from eye candy!!!
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#2
N3M3515
by: Fluffmeister
No people will pay for the performance, it's not nV's fault their mid-range chip may end up competing with AMD high-end.
Excuse me sir, where's nvidia's high-end? LOL
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#3
theoneandonlymrk
by: the54thvoid
I really think this round of gfx cards are little 'offerings'. AMD saying, "oh looky at our new compute stuff" and NV saying, "oh looky at our new efficient card". I think Q4 2012 will be when the real shit hits the fan and both camps make tweaks and redesigns that establish their proper power play.
just thought id extract the most sensical statement in this whole thread:D +1imho

and in NV's case work right

1 nvidia yield issues rumour
2 tsmc shuts 28nm since feb (when kepler was running batches)
3 nvidia anounce clock BOOST feature (up from friggin 750:eek: :wtf:to who knows but probably varies dep on card /asic(many,many profiles stated),worst case:twitch:)
4 GK110 is now nowhere in sight and rumours suggest this(GK104) is better in compute only by a margin on the 7970 ,one game Bf3 is quicker big deal, ill bet unigene 3 runs well on em too:D

im not expecting many of anything NV, and new, in any shops anytime soon imho thats v bad since they touted themselves to be stocking up ready for a non paper launch , eagerly awaiting that review wizz:)
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#4
xNinjaSkillz
All i have to say is:

Radeon HD 6970...$350
Nvidia GTX 580...$480
Radeon HD 7970...$560
Nvidia GTX 6xx...???????

Waiting for Nvidia..........Worthless
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: xNinjaSkillz
All i have to say is:

Radeon HD 6970...$350
Nvidia GTX 580...$480
Radeon HD 7970...$560
Nvidia GTX 6xx...???????

Waiting for Nvidia..........Worthless
For all those cards, there's Master Card. :p
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