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Nvidia's Future GPUs Will Be Kepler, Then Maxwell

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 54 comments

These are the next baby names for GPUs.

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Right now, the Fermi technology is the best that Nvidia is shipping. You can expect to see an ever-growing family of Fermi-based GPUs to be joining the latest GTX 480, GTS 460 and 450 models.

What's beyond Fermi? Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang today revealed that it'll be "Kepler".

Kepler will be hitting production later this year, with the first GPU products based on it to be going on sale in 2011. Kepler will be made off the 28nm process, and will be focused far more heavily on performance per watt than Fermi is.

Nvidia estimates that Kepler will be three to four times the performance per watt over Fermi, giving us a ballpark of five gigaflops of per watt.

And after Kepler, reaching into 2013, will be "Maxwell", which should bring 16 times the performance in parallel graphics-based computing, as well as the ability to work independent of a CPU. Performance per watt will triple over the previous generation, hopefully hitting 15 gigaflops per watt.

(Sources: Nvidia Blog, Engadget)

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    amk09 , September 22, 2010 10:11 AM
    Performance/watt improvements sure... but what about price/performance?

    That's what i'm more interested in.
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    tmk221 , September 22, 2010 10:26 AM
    28nm process, three to four times the performance per watt over Fermi..
    sounds good to me
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    joytech22 , September 22, 2010 10:15 AM
    Even though Nvidia's behind at the moment, at least they know what they're doing.
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  • 24 Hide
    amk09 , September 22, 2010 10:11 AM
    Performance/watt improvements sure... but what about price/performance?

    That's what i'm more interested in.
  • 16 Hide
    joytech22 , September 22, 2010 10:15 AM
    Even though Nvidia's behind at the moment, at least they know what they're doing.
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    tmk221 , September 22, 2010 10:26 AM
    28nm process, three to four times the performance per watt over Fermi..
    sounds good to me
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    Ehsan w , September 22, 2010 10:28 AM
    looks good :D 
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    leon2006 , September 22, 2010 10:46 AM
    wait until further delays
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    scrumworks , September 22, 2010 10:50 AM
    joytech22Even though Nvidia's behind at the moment, at least they know what they're doing.


    They know how to do nice powerpoint presentations.
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    ares1214 , September 22, 2010 10:51 AM
    This isnt all that impressive for a die shrink. Also even less so considering they had to show it in watts/performance to make fermi look worse, and in relation the others look better. Fermi in 2009...well...
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    apache_lives , September 22, 2010 10:55 AM
    no more oven's please
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    Cy-Kill , September 22, 2010 10:56 AM
    I remember reading back in 2008, I think, that nVIDIA was going to start using MIMD for their GPUs, what happened to that plan? As they said, it would bring their GPUs to the next level and leave ATi in the dust until ATi would come out with GPUs based on MIMD.
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    jsc , September 22, 2010 11:18 AM
    You know what to expect when you hear "performance per watt" from any tech company. I am having an AMD flashback.
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    Kaiser_25 , September 22, 2010 11:19 AM
    bah these roadmaps they get leaked is like..so uninformative...i wish they would give some kind of actual specs. Im not sure anyone cares that much for just the codenames...
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    Stifle , September 22, 2010 11:36 AM
    Nice to see some recognition of famous physicists in other areas that I care about.
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    ElMoIsEviL , September 22, 2010 11:37 AM
    Maxwell is likely going to be helped by a Department of Defense R&D contract that nVIDIA has been awarded as seen here: http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/other/display/20100810125334_U_S_Defense_Department_Grants_Nvidia_25_Million_to_Develop_Technologies_for_Exascale_Supercomputers.html

    Keynesian Economics showcasing its superiority in terms of driving technological advancements once more. Keynesian tends to create revolutions while Mises and Friedman Economics (libertarian/laissez-faire) tends to bring evolutions.

    Either way... very interesting.
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    ElMoIsEviL , September 22, 2010 11:38 AM
    Before anyone goes on a tangent about the evil's of Keynesian Economics... I am in no way endorsing Keynesian Economics.. simply pointing to one of the benefits.

    The Internet, LCD, Satellite, Cell Phone etc tech all owes its start to Keynesian Economics (nearly any technological advancement really).
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    jfby , September 22, 2010 11:40 AM
    They may not have the exact specs, besides for marketing purposes you release a little at a time until it gets closer to the time of launch...
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    phantom93 , September 22, 2010 11:49 AM
    And now I know when to make my next PC!
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    huron , September 22, 2010 11:59 AM
    I always wonder how close they are to having valid testing hardware when they do these presentations. I really want to know if they are just making educated guesses or if they actually have something working in the lab that shows similar info as they display in the powerpoint.

    If not, I could make outlandish claims as well about future offerings.
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    The_Trutherizer , September 22, 2010 12:29 PM
    It is impressive. And as an ATI fan I do not say that lightly. But comments about price/performance are appropriate. NVidia seems to think the price/performance baseline was the 8800. Everything faster than that got more expensive even though one high end processor costs about as much to make as any other high end processor. I mean we can all appreciate performance, but only until it becomes affordable only to the type of people who drive around in Ferraris.
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    alidan , September 22, 2010 12:35 PM
    you know the way i read this.

    fermi uses a crap ton of power,
    kepler will use less and provide more,
    maxwell will use even less and provide even more,

    im thinking that kepler will give ati a run for its money with watt to power,

    and maxwell will do the exact same, but is a few years ahead of the game and they are exterminating mores law improving the cards 2.5X

    cy-killI remember reading back in 2008, I think, that nVIDIA was going to start using MIMD for their GPUs, what happened to that plan? As they said, it would bring their GPUs to the next level and leave ATi in the dust until ATi would come out with GPUs based on MIMD.


    now i may be wrong, but isn't that what fermi does? i didnt read the wiki but i skimmed it,
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