NVIDIA today launched the first GPUs based on its next-generation Kepler graphics architecture --GeForce GTX 680 GPU for desktop gaming and the new lineup of GeForce 600M GPUs for notebooks and ultrabooks.
GeForce GTX 680
The GeForce GTX 680 GPU brings impressive performance and extreme efficiency to the desktop gaming market, delivering a quiet, smooth, extremely fast experience.
Compared with the closest competitive product, the GeForce GTX 680 GPU is more than 300 percent faster in DirectX 11 tessellation performanceand up to 43 percent faster in cutting-edge games such as Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, yet consumes 28 percent less power. It also provides twice the performance per watt of the GeForce GTX 580, the flagship Fermi-based processor that it replaces.
Setting the standard for future enthusiast-class GPUs, the GeForce GTX 680 is built on an array of new technologies, including:
- A new streaming multiprocessor block, known as SMX, that delivers twice the performance per watt of previous-generation products
- Special board components, including acoustic dampeners, high-efficiency heat pipes and custom fins, that create a quiet gaming experience
- NVIDIA GPU Boost technology, which dynamically adjusts GPU speeds to maximize gaming performance
- New FXAA and TXAA antialiasing and Adaptive VSync technologies to enrich visual quality without compromising gaming performance
- Support for up to four separate displays -- three of them in 3D -- off a single card for a massive 3D gaming experience
- Manufactured on TSMC's new 28-nm process, with support for PCI-E Gen 3 and DX11.1
GeForce 600M GPU Family
The NVIDIA GeForce 600M family of GPUs, when paired with the latest processor technology from Intel, enables Ultrabook and notebook PC designs that are thin, light and fast. Technological advances that set them apart from the competition include:
- NVIDIA Optimus technology enables extra-long battery life by automatically switching the GPU on and off so it runs only when needed
- NVIDIA Verde notebook drivers provide frequent performance improvements and rock-solid stability
- NVIDIA PhysX engine support brings games to life with realistic physics
- Optional NVIDIA 3D Vision technology automatically converts more than 650 titles into immersive 3D
- Optional NVIDIA 3DTV Play software connects 3D Vision-based notebooks to 3D TVs
- NVIDIA SLI technology links two NVIDIA GTX GPUs up to double gaming performance
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 GPU is available now from the world's leading add-in card suppliers, including ASUS, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, MSI, Palit, Point of View, PNY, and Zotac. Expected pricing is $499.
The following manufacturers will be shipping Ultrabooks and notebooks based on the GeForce 600M family of GPUs: Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba.