February 6th, 2012

Full Nvidia Kepler line up revealed

The full line up of Nvidia’s next generation Kepler GPUs has been revealed, with details of internal hardware as well as the fact that it will be known as the GTX 600 series.

Some information about these cards is already known, but the full rundown was only revealed this morning. The highest of the high end will be using the GK110 core which will ultimately find its way onto four different PCBs. First there’s there’s the dual chip GTX 690. This one isn’t set to arrive until the third quarter but is set to cost just under $1000.

The GTX 680 comes with 2GB of RAM with a 512bit memory bus and makes use of 1024 CUDA cores, though there’s no information on the core clock of memory speed at this time. Purportedly this card will be almost 50 per cent faster than AMD’s 7970 but I’ll have to see it to believe it. A little lower down the pack we have the GTX 660 TI. Fudzilla claims it will come with an 850MHZ core clock, 768 stream processors, partnered with 1.5GB of GDDR5 memory. Nvidia claims that at launch it will be 10 per cent faster than AMD’s 7950, but with 1.5GB of RAM less, it’ll be interesting to see the benchmarks.

Other cards include the more mid-range GTX 560Ti which will use the GK104 process. It features a 224-bit memory bus, 448 cores, a core clock of 850MHZ and an impressive memory bandwidth of 154GBps.  Not shying away from extra GDDR5 though, this card will still make use of 1.75GB, though the price will be a much more competitive $250 at launch which will be sometime in early April. The GTX 660 that will release around the same time should bump things up to 2GB of memory and a 900MHZ core clock but will cost a little more, running up to just under $320.

The rest of the detailed GPUs include the GTX 640 and 650, each priced just under the $200 mark and set of the lower end of the spectrum. Still, they’ll still come with a minimum of 1.5GB and a maximum of 2GB of memory, so these are hardly unimpressive.

Nvidia’s Kepler line looks about as ready to shake things up as AMD’s 7000 series has done. It’ll certainly be an interesting April this year.

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