Nvidia Hints That Kepler is 3x Faster Than Fermi

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.

  • obsama1
    Doesn't matter how much faster it is until its released. People are waiting nVidia.
  • If nVidia pull it off, that will be pretty amazing, though I will still be happy with my new ATi (AMD) card atm :)
  • leongrado
    Wow. Genius Nvidia. This will be like a complete buzzkill for anyone who wants to buy an AMD card. Who cares if it's true? It's genius.
  • yeah sounds all great but at what cost increase? :P
  • nebun
    looniamyeah sounds all great but at what cost increase?no matter the prices people will buy new hardware
  • Reynod
    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.
  • marraco
    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.
  • belardo
    we'll see it when it happens... If it does, AMD is going to feel some serious pain.
  • monkeymonk
    Did you mean, "rumors will *ONLY* help nvidia so much"?
  • RazorBurn
    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..