When will the new NVIDIA GPU’s arrive?

When will the new NVIDIA GPU’s arrive?

Jul 29, 2011

I’m a graphics guy.  I like my games to look good, run smooth, and deliver a stunning visual compound of good coding and great art.  My GTX 260 has served me well for the pat 2-3 years. It still runs new games relatively well such as Dirt 3 or  Need for Speed Shift 2. However with the upcoming release of Battlefield 3 coming on October 25th, I feel like it is definitely time to upgrade soon. The 500 series of cards is already miles ahead of my GTX 260 in terms of power consumption, heat generation, and performance. The GTX 570 is a very attractive buy retailing at ~$330 and offering 1.2GB VRAM. By October, it should be even cheaper. The real question is, is it worth to buy the 500 series cards when the 600 series, code named Kepler, might be around the corner?

 

Kepler has had speculation ever since January. Just a simple google search indicates that nearly every nVidia fanboy has been dying to find out when the next series will come. It was originally planned to be Q4 of 2011, however if that is the case then nVidia has done a great job keeping their mouth sealed. Just by the timeline shown above, Kepler would blow Fermi, the current generation, out of the water and then some.  Kepler will also feature a smaller dye of 28nm which will offer superb cooling, less power consumption, and (for the enthusiasts) overclocking abilities.

While Kepler GPU’s will most likely replace the current price point of the Fermi cards, that means good news for anyone that wants to buy a GTX 570 or GTX 580. The GTX 570 will most likely drop down to about $250 brand new in my opinion to make room for the “670” and “680”.