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Nvidia rolls GPUs based on Kepler architecture

Posted: 04 Apr 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:GPU? Ultrabook? 28nm process? 3D gaming?

Nvidia Corp. has announced its first GPU based on its Kepler graphics architecture that according to the company delivers better gaming performance and remarkable power efficiency. The architecture claims to offer new technical capabilities to both gaming desktops and Ultrabooks. Kepler is based on 28nm process technology and succeeds the 40nm Nvidia Fermi architecture .

For desktop gaming, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 GPU provides a faster, smoother and richer experience, said the company. It claims to bring impressive performance and extreme efficiency to the desktop gaming market. For notebooks, the new lineup of GeForce 600M GPUs enables smaller, more powerful designs than were previously possible, added Nvidia.

According to the company, the GeForce GTX 680 GPU is more than 300 percent faster in DirectX 11 tessellation performance and up to 43 percent faster in cutting-edge games such as Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, yet consumes 28 percent less power. It also provides twice the performance per watt of the GeForce GTX 580, the flagship Fermi-based processor that it replaces.

The GPU is built on new technologies that include a streaming multiprocessor block, known as SMX, that delivers twice the performance per watt of previous-generation products, noted Nvidia. It also has special board components such as acoustic dampeners, high-efficiency heat pipes and custom fins that create a quiet gaming experience, added the company.

The product touts the Nvidia GPU Boost technology that according to the company dynamically adjusts GPU speeds to maximize gaming performance. Its FXAA and TXAA antialiasing and Adaptive VSync technologies are said to enrich visual quality without compromising gaming performance. Moreover, the GPU supports up to four separate displaysthree of them in 3Doff a single card for a massive 3D gaming experience, the company continued. It also touts support for PCI-E Gen 3 and DX11.1

The Nvidia GeForce 600M family of GPUs, when paired with the latest processor technology from Intel, enables Ultrabook and notebook designs that are thin, light and fast, described the company. It features the Nvidia Optimus technology enables extra-long battery life by automatically switching the GPU on and off, while the Nvidia Verde notebook drivers provide frequent performance improvements and rock-solid stability, boasted the company.

The GPU likewise flaunts the Nvidia PhysX engine support that brings games to life with realistic physics, while the optional Nvidia 3D Vision technology automatically converts more than 650 titles into immersive 3D, indicated the company. Other feature include optional Nvidia 3DTV Play software that connects 3D Vision-based notebooks to 3D TVs and Nvidia SLI technology that links two Nvidia GTX GPUs up to double gaming performance.

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 GPU is available for about $499.

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