Nvidia GeForce "Kepler" to Offer Dynamic Overclocking

Nvidia's Next-Generation Graphics Card to Have Turbo Boost-Like Technology

by Anton Shilov
03/07/2012 | 11:23 PM

Nvidia Corp.'s next-generation Kepler family of graphics cards will be able to dynamically speed up themselves when it is most needed, according to unofficial information. The details are scarce, but it is clear that the technology will have a strong influence on the market.


For many years both Advanced Micro Devices and Nvidia Corp. pointed to overclocking as a way to substantially boost performance of their graphics processing units (GPUs). Overclocking naturally limits potential lifespan of graphics cards and while "true" enthusiasts hardly use them for more than a year, average end-users are cautious about overclocking. In a bid to offer a bit higher performance for everyone, Nvidia's code-named Kepler graphics solutions, which are supposed to become available in March or April will offer dynamic overclocking technology akin to Intel Corp.'s Turbo Boost and AMD's Turbo Core.

Heise.de web-site reports that Nvidia GeForce "Kepler" graphics cards will support Dynamic Clock Adjustment technology, which will overclock graphics boards automatically in cases when the speed is needed by 5% - 7%. While such speed boost is hardly truly significant, provided that it will be fully automatic, it will not only have influence on benchmark results, but will also boost user experience in some cases.

Numerous partners of Nvidia try to earn additional margins by squeezing maximum juices out of Nvidia GeForce-based graphics cards and sell factory-overclocked models. Potentially, DCA technology may either help them to further improve Kepler graphics cards or make it impossible to make pre-overclocked boards.

Nvidia did not comment on the news-story.