Rumored NVIDIA GK110 Chip Coming This Summer

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 22, 2012 - 02:19 AM |
Tagged: nvidia, gpu, gk110, GK104

Update: The GK104 GeForce GTX 680 has now been released and we have our review published.

There have been some rumors going around the web about an alleged NVIDIA GK110 chip that is to be the successor to the upcoming GK104, or GTX 600 series, graphics cards. Videocardz is the latest site to pick up on the rumors, and they were able to translate the German blog from which the GK110 chip rumors originated. The NVIDIA GTX 600 series is not yet out, but rumored specs put the top end GTX 680 at 1536 CUDA cores, 2 GB GDDR5 memory, 3.54 billion transistors and a die size of 294mm^2. Clockspeed wise, the GTX 680 will run at a 1.006 GHz core clock, 2.012 GHz shader clock, and effective memory clock of 6.008 GHz.

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The rumored GK110 chip, on the other hand, will have 6 billion transistors, 2,304 CUDA cores, and a die size of 550mm^2. That die size figure is where many of the doubts about the rumors come from. Many people have expressed their doubts that NVIDIA would ever create a GPU using such a large die as it would be very cost prohibitive to manufacture. Further, at 550mm^2, that would mean a 87% jump versus the GTX 680, which to many seems too large to consider realistic. Even AMD's 7970 Tahiti XT part only has a die size of 365mm^2. While the other reported figures seem to match up to what's realistically possible, the jump in die size is taken by many to indicate the rumors are false.

  AMD HD 7970 Tahiti XT NVIDIA GTX 680 GK104 NVIDIA GK110
Die Size 365mm^2 294mm^2 550mm^2
Transistors 4.3 billion 3.54 billion 6 billion
GCN/CUDA Cores 2048 1536 2304
Single Precision Computing Power 3.79 TFlops 3.09 TFlops 4.5 TFlops
Gaming Performance (relative) 85% 100% 150%
Power Consumption 211 Watts 185 Watts 250-300 Watts
Launch Price $549 $549 $650
Release Date 12-22-2011 (paper) 3-22-2012 August 2012

Rumored GK110 Specs

The GK104 is likely going to be released today (be sure to stay tuned to PC Per Live for more information on the NVIDIA event today), and rumors suggest that the GK110 will be released sometime between August 2012 and January 2012. Performance is said to be 1.41 Teraflops more than the GTX 680 based on the GK104 chip.

It could be possible but it would be questionable for NVIDIA to release another big chip within five months of GK104's release. Videocardz suggests that it may in face be a "GTX 685" type of card, but it is bigger and uses more power than the GTX 680 so I honestly don't see NVIDIA doing such a thing. If anything, a refresh should use less power or provide the same performance at a lower price thanks to manufacturing advances. Should the 550mm^2 die hold true, it's not looking likely even for a GTX 700 series card but who knows what NVIDIA has up their sleeves. For now, I am going to focus on the GTX 680 release (heh).

Source: Videocardz
March 22, 2012 | 03:31 AM - Posted by don't post this shit (not verified)

its completely invalid, look at how wrong the GK104 info is.

March 25, 2012 | 01:25 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

uhhh... the only thing wrong is the gk104 launch price brah... and everything else is exactly what ive heard other places about gk110... still one "flagship" after another so quickly? something tells me we might not see a gk110 so quick (bad production yields n all) ...

March 22, 2012 | 05:57 AM - Posted by Branthog

That doesn't make sense. The 600s are still being released in the third quarter of 2012. I can't imagine they'd be releasing these in the second or third quarter, too?

March 22, 2012 | 07:09 AM - Posted by Jewie27 (not verified)

The 680 launches today. Newegg just got them.

March 22, 2012 | 07:09 AM - Posted by Jewie27 (not verified)

The 680 launches today. Newegg just got them.

March 25, 2012 | 02:47 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The GK110 is actually just two GK104s put on the same PCI-E board; it will be nVidia's Dual-GPU obviously. I'm guessing if not two GK104s, probably just an attempt to crush two GPUs as close together as possible and focus a cooling solution to allow better performance than their last dual-GPU solution.

May 28, 2012 | 10:17 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Forget about what people are talking about. Just focus on what's here now. Unless you see official press releases from NVidia don't bother spreading rumors.

August 31, 2012 | 12:46 AM - Posted by UberHaxorNova (not verified)

I want this for my new pc!

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