Nvidia’s roadmap for the GeForce Kepler compiled
Andy Ruffell / 5 years ago
The coming years look promising for Nvidia, during which we will see some big products launched and centered around the new DirectX 11.1 with the big transition to the 28nm.
ExpertsPC.com and 4Gamer.net have compiled informations into a table of what Nvidia’s next-generation graphics family could look like, included when it could potentially be released.
To avoid any technical issues with TSMC’s new 28nm manufacturing process, Nvidia is planning to follow a bottom-up product release model, which will also allow for the newly launched GPUs to keep on packing a higher number of transistors until the very top.
First up into next year’s GPU line is the GeForce Kepler 107 (GK107), on which will be based entry through lower-mainstream SKUs. Not a lot of data is revealed, although for what we can see, in addition to the 28nm transition, the GK107 will have a 128-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, it will stay on the current PCI-Express 2.0 and will support DirectX 11.1.
Right after that is the GK106, which could be the base for the “sweet-spot” SKUs. The GK106 is going to be Nvidia’s first PCI-Express 3.0 GPU of the year and it will have a 156-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface.
Moving up the latter we reach the GK104, Nvidia’s high-performance GPU. The GK104 will have a 384-bit wide interface as well as supporting PCI-Express 3.0…getting more and more interesting.
Arriving at the end of 2012, we should see the GK110, which is basically some type of GTX590, as it will feature two of the GK104 to provide a SLI-on-a-stick product.
Beginning of 2013 should see the ‘grand finale’, after the 28nm process has achieved a certain degree of maturity, Nvidia will release a monolithic high-end GPU, the GK112 which is going to feature a massive 512-bit wide memory interface.
All in all, a pretty impressive roadmap for which we can’t wait to see the final products.