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Nvidia Hints That Kepler is 3x Faster Than Fermi

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Nvidia is building up some excitement for its Kepler-based graphics cards just ahead of their anticipated launch.

Nvidia's upcoming Kepler recently ran Epic's Samaritan demo, which was developed to showcase Unreal Engine 3 and the potential video game graphics technology in future video games. This specific demo, which took place last week at GDC, did not employ the usual triple GTX 580 (Fermi) configuration, but ran based on a single Kepler-based graphics chip. It was unclear which Kepler chip was used, but Nvidia's note clearly suggests that we should anticipate Kepler being about three times faster than Fermi, at least in some applications.

"Although no further information on Kepler was given, the demo sent a clear message: the graphics in Samaritan, generally regarded as a glimpse of the gaming industry’s far-off future, will in fact be possible in the near future on PC systems running a single next-generation graphics card," Nvidia wrote. The demo also showed Nvidia's proprietary Fast Approximate Anti-Aliasing (FXAA) technology, which builds on top of Multisample Anti-Aliasing (MSAA), "the form of anti-aliasing most commonly seen in today’s games."

the rumor mill is adding bits and pieces every day. For example, Fudzilla recently reported that the GK104 Kepler chip may be faster than AMD's Radeon HD 7970, which suggests that Nvidia has a shot at gaining the lead in this battle. There are even some early product shots of Kepler cards to keep the early traction for Nvidia going. Of course, rumors will help Nvidia so much. Next month, Nvidia will have to prove whether the early praise was justified or not.

Unreal Engine 3 : Samaritan Realtime Demo

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    obsama1 , March 13, 2012 2:16 AM
    Doesn't matter how much faster it is until its released. People are waiting nVidia.
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    RazorBurn , March 13, 2012 2:58 AM
    The article did not clearly states which Fermi is it referring to..
    Yeahh.. A GTX 680 would be 3x more faster than GT 440 or GTS 450..
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    monkeymonk , March 13, 2012 2:52 AM
    Did you mean, "rumors will *ONLY* help nvidia so much"?
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  • 28 Hide
    obsama1 , March 13, 2012 2:16 AM
    Doesn't matter how much faster it is until its released. People are waiting nVidia.
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    Anonymous , March 13, 2012 2:17 AM
    If nVidia pull it off, that will be pretty amazing, though I will still be happy with my new ATi (AMD) card atm :) 
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    Anonymous , March 13, 2012 2:26 AM
    yeah sounds all great but at what cost increase? :p 
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    nebun , March 13, 2012 2:46 AM
    looniamyeah sounds all great but at what cost increase?

    no matter the prices people will buy new hardware
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    Reynod , March 13, 2012 2:50 AM
    All they need to do is slightly improve their current performance with a lower thermal output due to the process shrink and if they can ramp up the yeild it will be a winner ... notwithstanding drivers.

    3 times the performance ... I don't think so.
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    marraco , March 13, 2012 2:50 AM
    Leaked GTX 680 benchmarks show just 30/50% improvement over GTX 580. That's far from 200% necessary to be 3X speedier. GK110 is going to be 100% on best case.
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    belardo , March 13, 2012 2:51 AM
    we'll see it when it happens... If it does, AMD is going to feel some serious pain.
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    monkeymonk , March 13, 2012 2:52 AM
    Did you mean, "rumors will *ONLY* help nvidia so much"?
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    RazorBurn , March 13, 2012 2:58 AM
    The article did not clearly states which Fermi is it referring to..
    Yeahh.. A GTX 680 would be 3x more faster than GT 440 or GTS 450..
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    masterjaw , March 13, 2012 3:02 AM
    3x times faster? Hopefully, not 3x hotter too.

    Unless they're planning to equip their cards with LCLC out of the box. :D 
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    shin0bi272 , March 13, 2012 3:04 AM
    Quote:
    Of course, rumors will help Nvidia so much. Next month, Nvidia will have to prove whether the early praise was justified or not.


    Another rumor states that the GK104 will be out the 23rd of THIS month.
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    Maximus_Delta , March 13, 2012 3:09 AM
    I smell BS... as pointed out above, just to put off ppl buying the AMD 7000 series, which was revolutionary in offering a decent performance bump at drastically reduced power requirements.
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    tomfreak , March 13, 2012 3:11 AM
    may be they mean 3 times faster than Fermi.....GTS450?
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    witcherx , March 13, 2012 3:13 AM
    no person with a sage mind wud believe this bs. put up by toms...
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    iknowhowtofixit , March 13, 2012 3:15 AM
    This isn't news....
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    ghnader hsmithot , March 13, 2012 3:16 AM
    it says that kepler is 5% slower than the 7970.
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    Wave Fusion , March 13, 2012 3:22 AM
    Faster is good. Lets hope notebooks get some updates soon too.

    Then again, lets hope we get some more games with which to use this new power
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    thehidecheck , March 13, 2012 3:36 AM
    gk104, march 23 release date, gtx 680 although a faster single gpu kepler is slated for later this year, 190w tdp, x3300 3dmark 11 score, reportedly does worse on synthetic benchmarks which do not take into full account physix, $550

    videocardz. com, they site their sources well enough
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