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Monday, 28 November 2011 15:28

Nvidia Kepler roadmap shows up

Written by Slobodan Simic

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High-end GK104 GPU in 2H of 2012


Following the recent flood of leaks regarding the upcoming GPUs from both camps, 4Gamer.net site has now leaked what appears to be a Nvidia Kepler roadmap.

The roadmap starts with the GK107 GPU, a budget/mainstream GPU that Nvidia places between GTX 520 and the GTX 550Ti. The GK107 features 128-bit memory interface paired up with GDDR5 memory and has PCI-Express 2.0 interface support. This one is scheduled to launch sometime in Q2 2012. Shortly after the GK107 comes the mid-range/performance GK106 GPU that should replace the Geforce GTX 560 non-Ti version. This one packs a 256-bit memory interface paried up with GDDR5 memory and supports PCI-Express 3.0 interface.

The second half of 2012 will bring the GK104 GPU, a GPU that will feature 384-bit memory interface paired up with GDDR5 memory (most likely 1.5GB). This one should replace the GTX 570 and will be a part of dual-GPU solution that will be known as the GK110. The GK110 GPU will feature two GK104 GPUs. Surprisingly, the GK104 and dual-GPU GK110 will be the last GPUs in 2012, as Nvidia plans the flagship GK112 for late 2012, most probably 2013. The GK112 will feature a 512-bit memory interface.

All new GK GPUs are based on 28nm manufacturing process and, all except GK107, feature support for PCI-Express 3.0 interface. The roadmap is pretty much in line with what we heard before, including that Nvidia will be a bit late with GPUs this year. According to this roadmap, it looks even worse than we expected. We expect Nvidia to be ready with the mainstream part in time for Cebit, while it looks like the performance GPU will be ready for Computex in June 2012.

Unfortunately for Nvidia, AMD's Southern Islands GPUs are going to start to roll out in early 2012. According to what we know so far, high-end Tahiti GPU comes first, while Barts replacement, Pitcairn, should be ready by the end of February and most probably launched sometimes during Cebit in March.

You can check out the Kepler roadmap here.

Last modified on Monday, 28 November 2011 20:47
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0 #1 godrilla 2011-11-28 17:09
Delayed till june? (High end) I hope its not another Fermi!

Based on roadmap gtx 680 what not out late 2012 or early 2013!
 
 
+2 #2 HBeam 2011-11-28 17:23
GTX 680 will face HD 8970.
 
 
0 #3 godrilla 2011-11-28 17:28
Quoting HBeam:
GTX 680 will face HD 8970.

3 quarters later?

Based on roadmap nvidia has dual gpu solution earlier on too
 
 
0 #4 spigzone 2011-11-28 18:17
With their mid and high range boards coming out 6+ months after AMD's just as Ivy Bridge bites another big chunk out of what remains of their OEM laptop and mainstream desktop business, their Tegra lineup better be winners or nVidida is in trouble.
 
 
0 #5 dicobalt 2011-11-28 18:52
So like, are there any games that aren't DX9? lol
 
 
+2 #6 dew111 2011-11-28 19:12
No Tahiti competitor until 2013? What is Nvidia doing? A dual-GPU solution is not as desirable as a single-GPU solution (see HD 5970 vs. GTX 480). I know Fermi was late last process shrink, but a whole year late is much worse; Fermi was only about 6 months later than Evergreen. Nvidia fans will say that "Nvidia planned to release it in 2013, so it's not late." Yes, it is. AMD will (likely) have the single-GPU performance crown for a whole year. I like AMD, but for competition's sake, this is bad news.
 
 
+1 #7 techno 2011-11-28 19:37
Wow that is late.....so nothing higher than the equivalent of 560 non Ti until H2 2012 when we will see the 570 equivalent.....and there is no suggestion it will even be early H2 or they would have said Q3...it may be December!!

AMD have a real window of opportunity, even more than they did with the 5000 series, if that opportunity is ruined again like it was with the 5000 series by poor yields I for one will suspect that Nvidia is using its position as a major TSMC customer to hinder things behind the scenes for AMD.
 
 
+1 #8 Th3pwn3r 2011-11-28 20:07
This is bad for us consumers since AMD won't have to drop prices due to a lack of competition.
 
 
-2 #9 dicobalt 2011-11-28 21:32
Quoting dew111:
No Tahiti competitor until 2013? What is Nvidia doing? A dual-GPU solution is not as desirable as a single-GPU solution (see HD 5970 vs. GTX 480). I know Fermi was late last process shrink, but a whole year late is much worse; Fermi was only about 6 months later than Evergreen. Nvidia fans will say that "Nvidia planned to release it in 2013, so it's not late." Yes, it is. AMD will (likely) have the single-GPU performance crown for a whole year. I like AMD, but for competition's sake, this is bad news.


This is what happens when a GPU company has their engineers go on a wild goose chase trying to make an ARM CPU to take over the industry. They stop making GPUs.
 
 
0 #10 Kryojenix 2011-11-28 21:51
Quoting Th3pwn3r:
This is bad for us consumers since AMD won't have to drop prices due to a lack of competition.

Probably it's better for our souls to get out of the upgrade cycle for a bit and take the time to go outside and breathe some fresh air. :-)

Actually, I'm pretty happy with my HD 5970 running Skyrim at 2650x1600 - I was going to jump on the 'New Zealand' ('HD 7990') bandwagon, but I think I can wait until well after it first comes out. I miss reading exciting articles about new video cards though - haven't done much of that since 2010.
 

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