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First Images of Nvidia GK104 Kepler Card Leaked Online

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The first images of Nvidia's new GPU may have made it out of labs and up on two hardware websites.

Chiphell and Expreview published what apparently is a GK104-based card. What we gather from these pictures is that Kepler cards could be huge with potentially high power consumption. About a month ago, we published the full list of Kepler cards ranging from the GTX640 to the GTX690.

Industry rumors suggest that Nvidia is still affected by yield issues as 28 nm output is not where the company would like it to be. However, Nvidia counts on the success of the new technology and recently said during the Q4 earnings call that it expects PC gaming demand to be driven by its "Kepler architecture and new hit games, such as Mass Effect 3 and Diablo III." The company believes that Kepler is strong enough to help Nvidia gain share in the discrete GPU business overall, at the architecture is also lined up for use in supercomputers.

According to reports, the 290 mm2 GK104 chip shown in the pictures will be used in GTX650Ti and GTX 660 graphics cards, which will arrive with 448 and 512 activated stream processors, respectively, as well as a core clock of about 850 and 900 MHz. The first Kepler cards are expected to be announced next month.

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    phamhlam , March 6, 2012 10:20 PM
    OMG!!! I can't beleive it. It looks SOOO COOL. Look at the performance of that thing. Man it is so fast. It is even soo cool that it doesn't even need a heat sink. /s

    Nvidia needs to stop slacking and bring their chips out or show us some performance numbers.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , March 6, 2012 10:56 PM
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    expects PC gaming demand to be driven by its "Kepler architecture and new hit games, such as Mass Effect 3


    Expects PC gaming to be driven by a console port that can be maxed out on a $150 graphics card? Yeah, right.
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    hixbot , March 6, 2012 10:16 PM
    They removed the heatsink, why not remove the thermal compound too? Could it be because they don't want us to see the part number on the GPU?
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    hixbot , March 6, 2012 10:16 PM
    They removed the heatsink, why not remove the thermal compound too? Could it be because they don't want us to see the part number on the GPU?
  • 30 Hide
    phamhlam , March 6, 2012 10:20 PM
    OMG!!! I can't beleive it. It looks SOOO COOL. Look at the performance of that thing. Man it is so fast. It is even soo cool that it doesn't even need a heat sink. /s

    Nvidia needs to stop slacking and bring their chips out or show us some performance numbers.
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    alikum , March 6, 2012 10:22 PM
    phamhlamOMG!!! I can't beleive it. It looks SOOO COOL. Look at the performance of that thing. Man it is so fast. It is even soo cool that it doesn't even need a heat sink. /sNvidia needs to stop slacking and bring their chips out or show us some performance numbers.

    I seriously LOL to this. Thumbs up :) 
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    Anonymous , March 6, 2012 10:27 PM
    Prepare for the arrival of the Monolith.
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    geekapproved , March 6, 2012 10:30 PM
    No wood screws?

    They should just package them with their own power supply, they gonna need it compared to AMD's cards.
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    bigdragon , March 6, 2012 10:48 PM
    Not much of a leak. It seems more like a desperate cry for attention given all the stuff AMD has been releasing. My last several graphics cards have been Nvidia (9800, 6800, Ion). Now I have an AMD 7950. Sorry Nvidia. I wanted to go Sandy Bridge E and you didn't have an option for me. I love what Nvidia has been doing in the tablet space, but they really stepped in it with their graphics cards. Kepler looks to be in big trouble.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , March 6, 2012 10:56 PM
    Quote:
    expects PC gaming demand to be driven by its "Kepler architecture and new hit games, such as Mass Effect 3


    Expects PC gaming to be driven by a console port that can be maxed out on a $150 graphics card? Yeah, right.
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    maxinexus , March 6, 2012 11:06 PM
    We need numbers not pictures!
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    dragonsqrrl , March 6, 2012 11:07 PM
    lol... I'll be sure to reference some of these comments in the upcoming review. :D 
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    shin0bi272 , March 6, 2012 11:11 PM
    actually they will be out later this month.

    http://semiaccurate.com/2012/03/05/nvidia-will-launch-gk104keplergtx680-in-a-week/

    http://chinese.vr-zone.com/11480/nvidia-gtx-680-gk-104-final-03062012/

    if you dont speak chinese here's that site translated:

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    NVIDIA no accident, then will be at the end of this month to launch Kepler, GK104, the end game of this spy game.

    Pointed out that according to earlier news, NVIDIA will be held in March 12 published a technical 28nm process Kepler, GK 104, that is, the rumors of GTX 680 will be listed for sale on the 23rd.

    Specifications section, we have received reliable news that NVIDIA GTX, 680 will have 1536 CUDA cores, graphics clock of 705MHz, the processor clock 1411MHz, the memory part of the persistent use of GDDR5, the capacity part 2048MB, clock part for 3004MHz (6008 data rate) memory interface width is 256-bit.

    From the current specifications, it seems difficult to find the GK104 Kepler, the specification is very close to fact, the Radeon HD 7 870.

    Whether the timetable for the listing as described above, we can not verify.

    Transferred to the mobile device NVIDIA graphics card market, whether it is beautiful victory in this battle for 28nm process?
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    esrever , March 6, 2012 11:24 PM
    This shows a relatively small die which is a good thing.
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    dragonsqrrl , March 6, 2012 11:27 PM
    "According to reports, the 290 mm2 GK104 chip shown in the pictures will be used in GTX650Ti and GTX 660 graphics cards, which will arrive with 448 and 512 activated stream processors, respectively, as well as a core clock of about 850 and 900 MHz. The first Kepler cards are expected to be announced next month."

    umm... this runs counter to all the recent news I've heard.

    http://vr-zone.com/articles/nvidia-geforce-gtx-680-specifications-revealed/15137.html
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    monsta , March 6, 2012 11:32 PM
    Hurry up already , no more teasing!
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    upgrade_1977 , March 6, 2012 11:56 PM
    yes.. And there is a rumor supposedly nvidia released secret internal memo's saying GTX 680's are supposed to be released 3/12/2012. Hopefully it's true. Can't wait.
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    mr_wobbles , March 7, 2012 1:02 AM
    With how close the performance is to the AMD 7xxx's , Im just hoving to see what the pricing will be. Equally, with how much the nVidia fans have been waiting for it, it will probably fail (remember Bulldozer and Ivy Bridge) You can call me a doubter, but ive got a feeling that they wont do too well, and If they do so what. I just want Nvidia to work on the Mobile segment, imagine the possiblilites.
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    mr_wobbles , March 7, 2012 1:05 AM
    esreverThis shows a relatively small die which is a good thing.

    shinobi has said this in the past, and people need to stop thinking that slight die shrinks will drastically change how well the card/chip will run.
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    tlmck , March 7, 2012 1:20 AM
    Stop the presses! It's, it's, a video card! OMG!!!!!
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    24oz , March 7, 2012 1:40 AM
    I'm taking a wait and see approach with these new cards both ATI and Nvidia.
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    lahawzel , March 7, 2012 1:48 AM
    What we gather from these pictures is that Kepler cards could be huge with potentially high power consumption.

    Oh God no please don't be a repeat of the first-gen Fermis...
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    Anonymous , March 7, 2012 2:00 AM
    But will it run Crysis without breaking a 1000 watts ?
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