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Saturday, 14 January 2012 11:02

Kepler to come out in early Q2 2012

Written by Fuad Abazovic



Timed to coincide with Ivy Bridge launch


CES was abuzz with talk that Nvidia’s next generation GPU architecture, both desktop and notebook variants, is coming in early Q2 2012.

The timeframe that we heard more than once is April, which is the month of the launch of Ivy Bridge, Core I 3000 generation of desktop and mobile processors. Nvidia is late to the party, but with some overclocking, the old Geforce GTX 580 still stands up well against the Radeon HD 7970, and the rumor in graphics circle is that Kepler will end up significantly faster than the Radeon HD 7970.

Some independent sources do confirm that it’s likely that Kepler can win this round, but for now, the Radeon HD 7970 is the king of the single GPU market, at least until April. If this is proves to be the case, we would not be surprised by a staggering price tag. It is also worth mentioning that AMD should have its dual-GPU New Zealand card ready at about the same time, making this high-end showdown even more interesting.

The April launch refers to the high end card launch and probably a few other more, not a low-end card as some leaked roadmaps suggested.

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-4 #1 Jurassic1024 2012-01-14 11:17
Four of my last 10 GPU's have been AMD... it might be time for me to head back to the green team.
 
 
+8 #2 nt300 2012-01-14 12:20
Quoting Jurassic1024:
Four of my last 10 GPU's have been AMD... it might be time for me to head back to the green team.

It all comes down to Price/Performance. If Kepler wins in this regard, then by all means I too may pick one up. But right now I am set on a HD 7970 or HD 7950 when prices come down.
 
 
-4 #3 jedm33 2012-01-14 12:31
Nvidia is known for:

The fastest GPU on the planet no matter what the cost.

If kepler will continue that legacy on 28nm I think AMD will always be the winner in terms of performance /watt/power/dollar. 8)
 
 
+16 #4 Sodomy 2012-01-14 13:16
Quote:
Nvidia is late to the party, but with some overclocking, the old Geforce GTX 580 still stands up well against the Radeon HD 7970


hahaha, stop being full of shit, if you are the kind of person that would OC a 580 you would be also OCing the 7970, which makes this point invalid.
 
 
+11 #5 HBeam 2012-01-14 14:03
GTX 580 is limited by power/heat/vram/techprocess/architecture. There is now way it would stand well against 28nm monsters.
 
 
+12 #6 takethis 2012-01-14 14:08
better late than never?
better never late.
 
 
0 #7 majorpayne 2012-01-14 15:26
I hope Nvidia will not be late with their Kepler so I can buy a Radeon HD7870 when it's release on it's best possible price.
 
 
-7 #8 Deanjo 2012-01-14 15:39
Quoting Sodomy:

hahaha, stop being full of shit, if you are the kind of person that would OC a 580 you would be also OCing the 7970, which makes this point invalid.

The point he is making is that despite being a year old and on a older process it just takes a bit of overclocking to keep up with AMDs new 7970 which is true. Kepler should have no problem blowing by the 7970 as even just a process shrink to Fermi would easily match the 7970 in terms of performance, let alone Kepler and its enhancements.
 
 
-8 #9 las 2012-01-14 15:52
My friends 7970 is like not even faster than my 580 GTX in BF3 at Ultra/1920x1080.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5261/amd-radeon-hd-7970-review/22

Wow 2.5fps more on 7970.

BF3 is one of the games that's already pretty tweaked driverwise for 7970, because theres alot of focus on the game.

So, not impressive.

Looking forward to April. Kepler will be faster, for sure. Wait and see...
 
 
0 #10 Jermelescu 2012-01-14 16:51
AMD needs about 2 months to optimize the drivers for 7970, quit your b1tching. There are lots of FPS to squeeze out of this architecture.
 

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