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Entire Nvidia Kepler Series Specifications, Price & Release Date

Nvidia Kepler GTX680 vs Radeon HD 7970

Yesterday we have published the review of AMD Radeon HD 7950 graphic cards, which is a better alternative for GTX 580 at almost the same price. And now it’s time for Nvidia to have its own turn. We have got information from our sources that upcoming Nvidia Kepler GTX680 will be up to 45% faster than AMD’s present flagship, Radeon HD 7970.As the price point and the specifications of HD 7970 and HD 7950 are found to be the same as what we have published earlier, this time too, we believe that these specifications, price and release date of entire Kepler series mentioned below will hold true.

But surprisingly reference GTX680 will have just 2GB frame buffer, even with 1GB lesser than HD 7970, Nvidia GTX680 is able to perform 45% faster. Also GTX680 boasts double the amount of stream processors compared to GTX580. We already know that the entire Kepler series will be PCI-E 3.0 compliant. For a $100 more than HD7970 you will be getting almost a 45% faster card, now you might have guessed, GTX680 is priced at $649 and will be released in April 2012. Entire Kepler series is being manufactured on TSMC’s 28nm technology. Another rumor that had spread earlier was that Nvidia will be skipping 600 series and will use 700 series for their Kepler series, but now it’s been made clear that, Nvidia is not going to skip GTX600 series. Now you can see the specifications, price point and release date of Nvidia Kepler series GPUs.

Kepler based Nvidia GTX 600 series GPUs – Highlights

Nvidia Kepler GTX690

  • 750MHz Core clock
  • 2×1.75 GB 4.5GHz GDDR5 Memory
  • 2×1024 Stream Processors
  • 2x448bit Bus Width
  • Priced at $999

Both AMD and Nvidia are following the same trend in maintaining the order of the series in GPUs. Like HD 7990, GTX 690 has a core clock lesser than GTX 680 and Bus width similar to GTX 670. Compared to AMD HD 7990′s price point of $ 849, GTX 690 is priced at $ 999. But comparing to the performance the GTX 690 can offer, HD 7990 is definitely over priced, and sure AMD has to reduce their prices drastically after the release of GTX 600 kepler series.

Nvidia Kepler GTX680

  • 850MHz Core clock
  • 2 GB 5.5GHz GDDR5 Memory
  • 1024 Stream Processors
  • 512bit Bus Width
  • Priced at $649
  • 45% faster than HD 7970

Nvidia has a clear winner in its hands and that’s why they have commented that they had expected much more from AMD. But still we already know that AMD is preparing its revised GCN HD 8000 series graphic cards, which may be release in the latter half of this year.

Nvidia Kepler GTX670

  • 850MHz Core clock
  • 1.75 GB 5GHz GDDR5 Memory
  • 896 Stream Processors
  • 448bit Bus Width
  • Priced at $499
  • 20% faster than HD 7970

Nvidia Kepler GTX660Ti

  • 850MHz Core clock
  • 1.5 GB 5GHz GDDR5 Memory
  • 768 Stream Processors
  • 384bit Bus Width
  • Priced at $399
  • 10% faster than HD 7950

Nvidia Kepler GTX660

  • 900MHz Core clock
  • 2 GB 5.8GHz GDDR5 Memory
  • 512 Stream Processors
  • 256bit Bus Width
  • Priced at $319
  • Performance similar to GTX580

Nvidia Kepler GTX650Ti

  • 850MHz Core clock
  • 1.75 GB 5.5GHz GDDR5 Memory
  • 448 Stream Processors
  • 224bit Bus Width
  • Priced at $249
  • Performance similar to GTX570

Nvidia Kepler GTX650

  • 900MHz Core clock
  • 1.5 GB 5.5GHz GDDR5 Memory
  • 256 Stream Processors
  • 192bit Bus Width
  • Priced at $179
  • Performance similar to GTX560

Nvidia Kepler GTX640

  • 850MHz Core clock
  • 2 GB 5.5GHz GDDR5 Memory
  • 192 Stream Processors
  • 128bit Bus Width
  • Priced at $139
  • Performance similar to GTX550Ti

Nvidia Kepler based GTX 690, GTX 680, GTX 670, GTX 660Ti, GTX 660, GTX 650Ti, GTX 650 and GTX 640 Specifications

ModelCode NameDie SizeCore ClockShader ClockStream ProcessorsSM CountROPsMemory Clock (effective)Bus WidthMemory Bus Width
GTX690GK110x2550mm2TBD~750MHzTBD~1.5GHZ2x10242x322x564.5 GHz GDDR52x448bit2x252GB/s
GTX680GK110550mm2TBD~850MHzTBD~1.7GHZ102432645.5 GHz GDDR5512bit352GB/s
GTX670GK110550mm2TBD~850MHzTBD~1.7GHZ89628565 GHz GDDR5448bit280GB/s
GTX660TiGK110550mm2TBD~850MHzTBD~1.7GHZ76824485 GHz GDDR5384bit240GB/s
GTX660GK104290mm2TBD~900MHzTBD~1.8GHZ51216325.8 GHz GDDR5256bit186GB/s
GTX650TiGK104290mm2TBD~850MHzTBD~1.7GHZ44814285.5 GHz GDDR5224bit154GB/s
GTX650GK106155mm2TBD~900MHzTBD~1.8GHZ2568245.5 GHz GDDR5192bit132GB/s
GTX640GK106155mm2TBD~850MHzTBD~1.7GHZ1926165.5 GHz GDDR5128bit88GB/s

Nvidia Kepler Series GPUs’ Price and Release Date

ModelBus InterfaceFrame BufferTransistorsPrice PointRelease DatePerformance Scale
GTX690PCIe3.0x162x1.75GB2x6.4B999$Q3 2012
GTX680PCIe3.0x162GB6.4B649$Apr-12~45%>HD7970
GTX670PCIe3.0x161.75GB6.4B499$Apr-12~20%>HD7970
GTX660TiPCIe3.0x161.5GB6.4B399$Q2/Q3 2012~10%>HD7950
GTX660PCIe3.0x162GB3.4B319$Apr-12~GTX580
GTX650TiPCIe3.0x161.75GB3.4B249$Q2/Q3 2012~GTX570
GTX650PCIe3.0x161.5GB1.8B179$May-12~GTX560
GTX640PCIe3.0x162GB1.8B139$May-12~GTX550Ti
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41 thoughts on “Entire Nvidia Kepler Series Specifications, Price & Release Date

  1. @twitter-58787826:disqus , Initially many disagreed with the die size too, but now Charlie has mentioned the same die size in (http://semiaccurate.com/2012/02/07/gk110-tapes-out-at-last/ ) He also added that it’s just tapped out, so as @twitter-385550130:disqus said a die which is just tapped out generally takes 5 to 6 months to get released. But still some rumors even say that Kepler based GTX 680 will be out even before April (http://www.techspot.com/news/47092-rumor-nvidia-geforce-gtx-680-to-arrive-in-february.html ), which is not at all plausible.
    One more thing we have to notice is that, Nvidia had commented that they expected much more performance from AMD (http://www.fudzilla.com/home/item/25712-nvidia-not-impressed-with-hd-7900-series ), so without having a real performer in hand they might not have commented like that. So (up to) ~45%  performance over HD 7970 is possible. But still I cannot imagine what would be the TDP level of GTX 680 and GTX 690 cards!

  2. sounds like your source is rollo and the nvidia focus group.
    Feeding into this? Or were you bought?  
    http://www.techpowerup.com/159503/NVIDIA-Engaged-in-PsyOps-Against-HD-7970-Chinese-Forum.html Why does the 650 have 256 SPs instead of 384 (check ratios to bus, ROPs, etc.). Why put 2 GB on the GTX640? Why does bus width vary with SPs? It’s not like each SP has its own dedicated memory, and the resulting increase in design costs for both the chips themselves and the board manufs isn’t a sensible idea.  These are questions any sensible person would ask.   It’s bogus. 

    • Gamers who urge for extreme performance, never wait. HD 7970′s demand won’t go off by this news, bcoz gamers who are waiting to buy HD 7000 series are waiting for HD 7890 or HD 7870, which will be available by the time of mid-Feb to mid-March 2012 as per http://lenzfire.com/2012/01/q1-2012-scheduled-gcn-based-radeon-hd-7000-series-gpus-32528/

      By the time, when these cards are available in high volumes it will  be April, when GTX 680 will be released. Even before that we may get several leaks regarding the performance of the same. So if that performance that gets reported is similar to the one said in the post, then those mainstream gamers may wait a little bit for GTX 660Ti or GTX 660

      • What are you stupid? GTX 680 JUST TAPED OUT you moron!   Read up and study up on how long it takes for a product to be released after tapeout, the GK110 just taped out.  The GK104 will be released and THATS IT.

        Are you an idiot or some NV fanboy just posting this crap for kicks?  Your excel spreadsheet isn’t remotely believable

    • I read that already Jay, 

      I have mentioned as “our sources”. It’s bcoz to mask the source. Already I said in comments that “we believe that these specifications, price and release date of entire Kepler series mentioned below will hold true” refers to the fact that these information is neither official nor final, but not fake too. 

      • You really are quite the idiot aren’t you?   First of all, GK110 just taped out.  THERE IS NO A2 YET.   Kepler also does not have hotclocking.  That screenshot was proven fake weeks ago on other websites.

        You are hopeless.   Fishing for pagehits.   

  3.  LMAO – ye doth protesteth too much !
    ” Someone who already was a big AMD fan and someone who was already active
    at the tech forums. Someone who was “respected” as an alpha male. He
    would scout them out especially at LAN events which were his specialty
    and he would give the deserving guy something; perhaps a mid range video
    card or a CPU.

    After the event, he would exchange emails and
    after second contact was made, would suggest that he “tell his friends”
    about the experience. He monitored the new potential recruit’s posting
    very carefully to see if their return on investment (RoI) was paying
    off. If the new guy was just a blabbermouth and bragged about his new
    prize, he was dumped. If instead, the new recruit started
    enthusiastically posting about his new AMD hardware, then the email/PM
    contacts would continue and there would be (mostly) promises of future
    hardware.

    Entire viral “campaigns” were carried in this stealthy manner.”

    AMD fanboys, GUILTY AS CHARGED.

    http://alienbabeltech.com/abt/viewtopic.php?f=44&t=24247

    In other words, AMD does it, invented it, paid for it, kept it secret, and then claimed Nvidia does it, while never mentioning they were DEEP THROATING amd fanboy suckers the entire time…

    LOL – So sad, the guilty, corrupt company AMD – lies like a rug, and is so dirty it STINKS.

  4.  pot, kettle, black as hell… ” AMD allows their employees to post on social media including on tech site forums without disclosing their affiliation to AMD.”http://alienbabeltech.com/abt/viewtopic.php?f=44&t=24247AMD’s stealth viral marketing campaign….

  5. The prices seem crazy. So you basically pay the same for a card that has the same performance with a card right now which is if you want GTX560TI like performance you basically need to pay $250.

    This line up sucks!

    • Uhm, dude. You need to look at that chart again. Specifically the equivalent of a 570 & 580 which will be the 650Ti and 660. Not sure what deals you have come across, but I have yet to see a 570 at $249 and a 580 at $319 (which are the current price of a 560Ti and 570 the last time I checked).

      *IF* this chart is true I will be so glad I held out skipping the 4xx *and* 5xx series and holding on to my SLI’d 285s. It’s way past time for an upgrade as I’m ready for DX11.

  6. GTX680 up to 45% faster than 7970, that is around 15% faster than GTX580, means that GTX680 is about 65-67% faster than its previous generation. I find this highly unlikely because of one thing..power.

    Reason: Previous generation (for both AMD and NV) has managed performance gains over generations by not only increasing performance per watt but also by increasing power for each card.

    Right now 7970 draws around 391 Watts at load (from an Anandtech review), while the GTX580 on the same hardware tops out at 425 Watts (34 watts more). Given the amount of power that can be drawn from a PCI-E x16 and 2 x PCI-E 8-pin I do not belieave that the GTX680 can increase that much more from the GTX580. Especially since the 580 is already drawing 34 more Watts than then 7970 as it is. AMDs performance increase from 6970 to 7970 is both in an increase in power but also from performance per watt (manufacture process and architectural design). If Nvidia cannot increase power in the same way, I find it extreamly unlikely that their new manufacturing process and architecture will increase performance per watt by 65%.

    It all comes down to how much power you can use (Which is limited by how much you can draw from the system but also how much you can cool off) and how effeciently you can use this power.

  7. GTX680 up to 45% faster than 7970, that is around 15% faster than GTX580, means that GTX680 is about 65-67%  faster than its previous generation. I find this highly unlikely because of one thing..power.

    Reason: Previous generation (for both AMD and NV) has managed performance gains over generations by not only increasing performance per watt but also by increasing power for each card.

    Right now 7970 draws around 391 Watts at load (from an Anandtech review), while the GTX580 on the same hardware tops out at 425 Watts (34 watts more). Given the amount of power that can be drawn from a PCI-E x16 and 2 x PCI-E 8-pin I do not belieave that the GTX680 can increase that much more from the GTX580. Especially since the 580 is already drawing 34 more Watts than then 7970 as it is. AMDs performance increase from 6970 to 7970 is both in an increase in power but also from performance per watt (manufacture process and architectural design). If Nvidia cannot increase power in the same way, I find it extreamly unlikely that their new manufacturing process and architecture will increase performance per watt by 65%.

    It all comes down to how much power you can use (Which is limited by how much you can draw from the system but also how much you can cool off) and how effeciently you can use this power.

  8. :D! I gonna buy Zotac 560Ti 1GB for the moment and see If more 700 series arrives! cause I know Nvidia gonna put more interest on year 2013!
    This 600Series Gpu r kiddies I wait more 5 months! and buy a 560Ti to play Grand Theft Auto 5 lol!
    Hope Battlefield3 runs smooth for now!

  9. We publish the information, that we received, as it is. The only thing I can assure is that, these specifications are not generated by us or fake. 

    http://lenzfire.com/2011/12/entire-gcn-lineup-hd-7000-series-specs-and-price-revealed-60538/ 

    We published the above post earlier, both HD 7970 and HD 7950 that have been released have specs and price similar to the specs and price in that post. But release date of HD 7950 mentioned in post was Jan 09, but HD 7950 was released on Jan 31. Does that mean that the specs are fake?

    Earlier AMD HD 7950 too had scheduled to be released on Jan 09, but it was released on Jan 31. Like that there may be slight variations in release date or price, but with these information, buyers can have a rough idea, whether to wait or go with HD 7000 series. 

  10. If you going to “publish” specs, than please dont let it be written by complite idiot, who doesnt have a slightest idea about Graphics cards!!!
    This is just embarrasing…

  11. Its really cute that you put a fake slide up.  GOOD JOURNALISM THERE BRO!   Remember, there are no shader hotclocks on Kepler.  Are you guys REALLY trying to get page hits?

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