New Nvidia Generation: Kepler Processors

Posted: March 25, 2012 in INFR 2350
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If you haven’t heard yet, since it’s pretty much all over the internet with technology websites doing a variety of tests, Nvidia is releasing their next series of GPUs.

The series before the new ones coming out were Nvidia’s GTX 5 series, which were all based on a refreshed Fermi architecture. Nvidia has now moved on from the Fermi architecture and have moved onto a new one; Kepler.

What is so wonderful about the new series of GPUs from Nvidia? Well a lot of people are claiming the release of Nvidia’s GTX 680 card will make them the king of graphics. Is this assumption true? Based on a lot of benchmark results, yes, it is true.

ATI has a competitor for the 680, which is the XFX Radeon HD 7970. Here is a side by side comparison of the two:

Even though the ATI card has more cores and some specs better than Nvidia’s, the following benchmark comparison will show Nvidia still reigns supreme.

Compared to the last generations top tier graphics cards from Nvidia (GTX 580), The 680 completely destroys its old predecessors. Based on benchmarks, here is a comparison of the cards:

The comparison shows a clear dominance from the GTX 680’s performance. Though there is the occasional hiccup where another card trumps the 680, majority of the wins goes to Nvidia’s new card. In addition to that, it uses less energy too! (System Power at full throttle).

 Any problems?

Although there is a very promising future for the GTX 680 and how well it will crunch down on processing, there are still a few hiccups here and there.

A good example are that there have been claims the GTX 680 does not play nice when it comes to SLI, so it doesn’t scale as well compared to the ATI XFX Radeon HD 7970. Though I am sure Nvidia is developing new drivers to solve this issue. New drivers, better performance; or at least we hope.

This problem is occurring due to Nvidia’s complex Kepler architecture which involves their GPU Boost technology which is still fairly new on a new card.

So we will have to wait for Nvidia to improve the GTX 680’s SLI capabilities, even though it a very capable and superior performance card.

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So much SLI goodness…

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