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Nvidia Corp. has posted a teaser on its GeForce fan page at Facebook claiming that a new product is incoming. The picture does not give any actual details about the product, but points to an important new product incoming in a month or less.

The picture published at GeForce Facebook page looks like a box with exhaust aperture for hot air, or a graphics card with exhaust openings facing upwards, or a backside of a graphics board with inlets for cold air and an Nvidia logotype placed incorrectly. The design of such graphics card would not match that of the GeForce GTX 680 graphics board unveiled recently.

While Nvidia does not reveal details about the upcoming GeForce product, there are three possibilities: dual-chip GeForce GTX 680/GK104 graphics card, GeForce GTX 670 model, single-chip GeForce GK110 graphics board, or an external graphics box for notebooks.

Keeping in mind the fact that Intel Corp. is releasing highly-anticipated Core i7- and Core i5-3000-series "Ivy Bridge" central processing units for desktops and high-end notebooks in late April, it makes a lot of sense for both Advanced Micro Devices and Nvidia to release their high-end graphics solutions at around the same timeframe.


Tags: Nvidia, Kepler, Geforce, Tesla, Quadro, 28nm


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Discussion started: 04/19/12 08:26:04 AM
Latest comment: 04/20/12 11:12:31 AM
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It is GTX690, at some point "in the week beginning 30 April". Nvidia is aiming to release it around the launch of Ivy Bridge, which takes place April 29th.

Geforce GTX 690 is expected to contain double GK104 with a total of 3072 CUDA cores, two 256-bit memory bus and a total of 4 GB of GDDR5 memory. The newcomer will be the world's fastest graphics card, provided that AMD does not have time to launch first with Radeon HD 7990 "New Zealand".


Considering the low availability of 680s, this will probably be a paper launch with initial volumes selling out and then availability being low for 2-3 months.
0 0 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 04/19/12 08:26:04 AM]

Nvidia could make cards with only 1 line of connectors.
0 0 [Posted by: Filiprino  | Date: 04/19/12 09:01:23 AM]
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How does that even matter? That's such a minor point vs. the availability issues they are having. Who cares about such a minor point as staggered power connectors. The card's DVI ports will always ensure it's dual-slot anyway.

Regardless, the dual staggered choice is a design decision that makes sense. If you look at how the dual-DVI connectors are situated on the reference 680 card, had the positioned the fan lower (to make room for a straight line 6+6-pin connectors), 20% of the airflow would be obstructed by the DVI ports.

0 0 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 04/19/12 09:22:48 AM]

I would just be happy if they would start teasing better drivers, in my experience since last year they have been far below Nvidia's reputation.
1 1 [Posted by: Kyrono  | Date: 04/19/12 09:28:02 AM]

Well, knowing Nvidia, it probably really is an announcement for the high end GTX 690. Yields on the TSMC's 28nm node are probably still too low to expect new mid-range "paper launches" of GTX 660 and GTX 670. Launching the full blown Kepler should be less of a problem due to lesser demand for such pricey cards, and the margins Nvidia makes selling high-end products would cover any yield problems on the under-evolved 28nm process. It could also boost Nvidia's position in the HPC/GPGPU segment and prove valuable for the next Tesla launches from both marketing and technical standpoints. The real 28nm war between Nvidia and AMD, though, only starts after summer or whenever TSMC finally put their act together. I really wish Intel had something to say about it... or at least Samsung (maybe they can glue 100 ARM cores together and call it "the centipede"?? 100 ARMs... get it? LOL).
0 0 [Posted by: MyK  | Date: 04/19/12 09:42:58 AM]

"external graphics box for notebooks." - I would praise NVIDIA for this if they made it compatible with any notebook that has an ExpressCard slot. Although, it's most likely going to be another Kepler GPU.
0 0 [Posted by: DirectXtreme  | Date: 04/19/12 12:10:08 PM]
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ExpressCard is too slow, but Thunderbolt is clearly a nice option.
1 0 [Posted by: Anton  | Date: 04/20/12 02:44:28 AM]
First pics of the GTX690, to be released May 5th:

GTX670 / 670 Ti to follow May 10th:

NV is also set to discuss a 7-billion transistor GPGPU Kepler chip @ GPU Technology Conference which will take place between May 14-17th:

That's a lot of new stuff from NV in May.
1 0 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 04/20/12 09:12:27 AM]

"It's coming"

Like GTX 680's actually coming onto shelves?

0 0 [Posted by: RtFusion  | Date: 04/20/12 09:10:22 AM]
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If that happens, it would really be bad for AMD. The only thing making 7970s relevant right now is extremely poor availability of 680s. Sooner or later NV will get things in volumes. They are probably stocking up all this time in order to have ample supply around April 29th (IVB launch).

Guru3D just tested the new Asus Direct CU II 680 and it overclocked to 1367mhz!

That will beat all air cooled 7970s. AMD will be in serious trouble on the high-end when a wave of aftermarket 680s arrives (Gigabyte Windforce 3x 680, Galaxy KFA series/Palit, Asus Direct CU II, MSI Hawk/Lightning).

AMD should start thinking about a 1200mhz HD7980 re-spin and fast. They are not going to be able to push $480-500 after market 7970s when for $520-530 people will be able to buy the Asus Direct CU II. I suspect more price cuts on AMD side in the next 1-2 months.
0 0 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 04/20/12 11:12:31 AM]


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