Are AMD's Southern Islands about to be swamped by a Kepler tidal wave?
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 19, 2012 - 03:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: nvidia, kepler, GK104, amd
AMD had better hope that SemiAccurate lives up to their tongue in cheek name because according to their sources NVIDIA's new Kepler GPU line is going to better AMD at everything. The variety of negative rumours about Kepler are contradicted by the news that the A2 silicon has arrived, trouble free, at NVIDIA's door step so the early arrival of Kepler in May now seems reasonable.
From the limited description we have it seems that NVIDIA's Achilles Heel, multi-monitor support on a single card is no longer a problem as there are two DVI plugs, a single HDMI, and a DisplayPort connector present. With all of those plugs it seems obvious the card is designed to handle NVIDIA Surround all by its lonesome. From the GDDR5 count the cards bandwidth of 256 bits and total memory size of 2GB is lesser than AMD's 384-bit, 3GB card but from the description at SemiAccurate that is not going to be enough to save AMD's biscuit.
"The short story is that Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) will win this round on just about every metric, some more than others. Look for late March or early April availability, with volumes being the major concern at first. GK104 cards seen by SemiAccurate all look very polished and complete, far from rough prototypes or “Puppies“. A2 silicon is now back from TSMC, and that will likely be the production stepping barring any last second hitches. Currently, there aren’t any."
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