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On Tuesday for the very first time in the history of Nvidia Corp. as well as graphics processors industry in general the company shared at its GPU Technology Conference the names and some of the features of its forthcoming graphics processor architectures.

On the first day of the GPU Technology Conference (GTC), Nvidia has unveiled brief details about its next-generation graphics processing units (GPUs). Quite logically, the future processor architectures by the company - code-named Kepler and Maxwell - will be massively focused on general-purpose computing and will offer substantial performance increases compared to existing chips.

Next year - sometimes in the second half of 2011 - Nvidia plans to release GPUs based on the Kepler architecture. The chips will be made using 28nm process technology and will bring tangible performance improvements compared to currently shipping graphics chips based on Fermi architecture. According to Nvidia, Fermi architecture is capable of achieving typical double precision (DP) performance of 1.5GFLOPS per watt. Kepler architecture will increase performance per watt by about 3 or 4 times, hence, it is possible to expect something like 1.125TFLOPS - 1.50TFLOPS of DP performance by a chip with 250W thermal design power. Although math performance with DP accuracy does not have a direct correlation with graphics performance it is possible to expect Kepler to be at least two or three times faster than Fermi in games.

Nvidia Maxwell will be launched in 2013, according to chief executive of Nvidia Jen-Hsun Huang. Given the timeframe, it is logical to expect 20nm process technology to be used for manufacturing of Maxwell. The architecture due in three years from now will offer whopping 14 - 16GFLOPS of DP performance per watt, a massive improvement over current-generation hardware.

"Between now and Maxwell, we will introduce virtual memory, pre-emption, enhance the ability of GPU to autonomously process, so that it's non-blocking of the CPU, not waiting for the CPU, relies less on the transfer overheads that we see today. These will take GPU computing to the next level, along with a very large speed up in performance," said Jen-Hsun Huang.

It is noteworthy that Nvidia has decided to refresh the GPU architectures every two years, not in twelve - eighteen months as it used to do before and its rival ATI, graphics business unit of Advanced Micro Devices, does nowadays. It looks like Nvidia has faced rather massive limitations with process technologies from contract makers of semiconductors, which seems to slowdown the company's business. Still, even availability of process technologies does not limit Nvidia's abilities to refresh its actual products lineups to stay competitive.

Tags: Nvidia, Kepler, Maxwell, Geforce, Fermi, Tesla, Quadro


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Discussion started: 09/21/10 05:09:35 PM
Latest comment: 10/08/10 09:52:37 AM
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Nothing to see here, folks. We were promised with the similar performance increases with Fermi, look what we got now.

In the mean time, the nvidia fan boys and Jen himself will continue to drink kool-aid from this:

I also just noticed the roadmap pointed out thatFermi was released in 2009. Yeah, right. LOL.
0 0 [Posted by: RtFusion  | Date: 09/21/10 05:09:35 PM]

hmmmmmm a user named RTFusion I wonder who you are pulling for? NVIDIA has never given this much detail before ever this far in advance. This is up there with an Intel CPU road map. Now while AMD is still trying to produce a card to beat the GTX 295 with a single chip card (pathetic considering the 295 is over 1.5 years old), NVIDIA is shaping the way GPUs will function now and for years to come.

Don't forget, AMD are the ones that said CYA ATI.
0 0 [Posted by: LedHed  | Date: 09/21/10 07:17:36 PM]
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khm ... fyi gtx295 is dual chip single pcb card.
0 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 09/25/10 10:08:25 PM]

LedHed pull your head out of the dark nasty green hole it's in. The single chip HD5870 almost ties or beats the 2 chip 295 in just about all benchmarks and you can get it's for less then $400 unlike the 295. Also the 6000 series is launch soon making the crappy old GTX295 and the way late toaster oven GTX 470/480 series obsolete junk
0 0 [Posted by: sollord  | Date: 09/21/10 10:58:16 PM]

The thing is, the more complex the GPU the more transistors and stuff => very low if not extremely low yields. Look at Fermi, less than 40% of total GPUs were actually good, the rest was just junk! now think about reducing the size even more... If they don't do anything about the manufacturing process, they can have the fastest GPU in the world, but if you have like 1,2% rate of success, you're already bankrupted...
0 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 09/22/10 02:37:19 AM]
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man that 1 or 2 % thing was false , nvidia has ample supply of gtx 480s , I would love to see 2 5870 match my vantage score of 44000.... oh wait they would not be even close
0 0 [Posted by: matthmaroo  | Date: 09/22/10 06:06:06 AM]
yep .... you brave economizer

Wait, you didn't ever hear about economics.

nV has to put high prices on their working cards sporting humongous gf100 to just pay off development of wasted silicon wafers, because yield of REAL GTX480 with all 512 streams open is close to zilch.

And in the end low yielding, hot as hell, and pricier even more than a hell cards which seriously underperforms (per mm2 of wasted silicon) simply doesnt sell at those insane prices.

So you have them "in abundance" six month after deb(ut)..acle, even if they're produced as exclusive DeLuxe UltraLimited 10000 working copies only edition.
0 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 09/25/10 10:17:07 PM]

I dont know about you but I get amazing performance with my 2x gtx 480s waterclooled to 900 core

blows away my old ati crossfire set up

they have has tons of driver improvements since fermis came out and they continue to dominate in performance
0 0 [Posted by: matthmaroo  | Date: 09/22/10 06:04:34 AM]
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You mean blows away your pile of dead gtx260 which couldn't successfully toasted in your home oven.
0 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 09/25/10 10:19:11 PM]

"We were promised with the similar performance increases with Fermi, look what we got now."

We got GTS 450 that's faster than 5750 and costs $105
We got GTX460 768 that's 30%+ faster than 5770 that costs $150-160
We got GTX460 1GB that's 10% slower than 5850 and costs $200-220. Pre-overclocked versions are faster than 5850, esp. in DX11, and still cost less than 5850, and ship with gaming bundles.
We got GTX470 that's 10% slower than 5870 but is $80-100 less in price, that also comes bundled with games (Mafia 2, Just Cause 2, SFIV, RE5, etc.)

At this time the only single card solution with no competition on ATI side is 5970 (5770 is also a good budget buy, but less so when you can get 4870 1GB for $90-100). Sure ATI leads in power consumption, but outside of GTX480, none of the current Fermi cards consumer any more power under gaming than GTX275/280/285 were before them (please don't like meaningless Furmark maximum power consumption figures which even AMD executives dismiss as being remotely realistic in the real world). 4870/4890 cards also had higher idle power consumption and still sold really well due to excellent price/performance ratio.

Gaming enthusiasts buy cards for performance first and foremost. At this time, Fermi cards at each competing price level are faster in Lost Planet 2, Metro 2033, STALKER:CoP (SunShafts), Dirt 2, BattleForge, Just Cause 2, AvP. Currently AMD can only stand on equal ground in 2 DX11 games: BF:BC2 and Mafia 2. Add to this superior minimum framerates compared to ATI.

Of course HD6000 series will change the market landscape. However, temporarily, NV has a competitive lineup at almost every price point (at least in the US).
0 0 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 09/22/10 08:29:30 AM]
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We got GTS 450 that's faster than 5750 and costs $105

Tell me where i'd buy couple of these in put them in quad sli ..... wait nV sports only triple sli for single chip cards, or does it sport even that with budget cards

Anyway gts450 is great card but it usually costs US$150+ and price reductions of much faster gtx460 from 200 to $170 doesnt make gts450 more appealing
0 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 09/25/10 10:22:34 PM]

Yet no one in here mentions the GTX 460 / GF104. It's only the cheapest, coolest (temperatures wise), fastest, smallest size card on the market for $200 (the most profitable market segment for GPUs)

For $200 each you can get a 460 and play almost any game available at 1920x1200. You put two in SLI and you can beat the 5970 in 80% of games (see XBitLabs review). In an OCd state the 460 even pulls ahead of the 5870 @ 1080p in certain games


The only reason I brought up the 295 in the first place is because it is hilarious a card that old is beating the 5870 in every SLI supported game there is. That is pathetic for a "next generation" GPU and this is why we see the 6000 series already coming. AMD knows there is a Dual GF104 card on the way and they are scared as hell.

BTW you can't buy the 295 anywhere so I don't see what you are talking about with "you can get it's for less then $400 unlike the 295". The only way to get a 295 is used and they are around $300; last time I checked that is less than $400.

GF104 will be the next G200b and NVIDIA is about to take the performance crown again.

Talking about DX11 games, all the games listed above are DX9 native with DX10 and very few DX11 Features. BC2 is DX9 and so is DIRT 2. All they did was add a few new bells and whistles like more dirt and better water and called it DX 11 games. We are just now starting to get DX10 games (Shattered Horizon, Metro 2033 and eventually BF3). If a game was truly DX11 it would not run on XP machines, just like the above games can not.

So keep dreaming AMD fanboys, simply doubling the performance numbers each generation is no longer going to cut it.
0 0 [Posted by: LedHed  | Date: 09/22/10 03:48:08 PM]


$60:Radeon HD 5570 DDR3
$80:Radeon HD 5670
$100:Radeon HD 4850 512 MB
$125:Radeon HD 5750 1 GB
$145:Radeon HD 5770 1 GB
$200: Tie GeForce GTX 460 768 MB,Radeon HD 5830 1 GB

A very respectable publication says that Radeons are the best under 200$ ... which is probably 90% of the market(considering that ~50% are integrated graphics)

I personally don't care about hundred $'s cards, I've always been mid range, and never had problems with any game.(of course I don't play in 1080p or 16xFSA) So for some people and some budgets ATI/AMD is just the best.
0 0 [Posted by: GeoN  | Date: 09/23/10 02:19:14 AM]

Nvidia's Maxwell Architecture in 2013 to Offer 16 Times Higher Performance than Fermi

Does anyone remember somethig "dear JHH" said about their next gen GPU (aka. Fermi) in April 2009 (?) that it'll be 52x faster than current ones (based on G80/GT200).

It's all not such nice marketing bs.

.... typical double precision (DP) performance of 1.5GFLOPS per watt.

What? Are you sure or JHH yat doesnt know what hes bs. Does this mean serious degradation or we'll see 500W cards just to see performance of contemporary cards?
0 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 09/25/10 10:03:35 PM]

This ATI vs Nvidia DX11 game is getting old. OK- so right now Nvidia has positioned themselves pretty well price/performance wise. I SURE HOPE SO!!! Fermi cards came out +/- 6 MONTHS after ATI's cards.

Nvidia's convenient FERMI delay managed to position themselves in the middle of ATI's product cycle, giving themselves an additional 6 months of technology ahead of ATI. Before the end of this year, ATI plans to release their 6xxx series (followed shortly by 7xxx)- which will again make Nvidia look like the late bloomer they've been.

Yes, Congratulations Nvidia for finally positioning yourselves well. Too bad that will be all-for-nothing come Christmas time.

And stop talking about the GTX 295... It's 2010 now.

P.S. All my high-performance cards have been Nvidia's. Currently a 9800GX2, so don't go all "ATI Fanboy" on me.
0 0 [Posted by: lh3nry  | Date: 10/08/10 09:52:37 AM]


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