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ragejg
10-18-10, 09:56 AM
Upcoming releases, competitive bickering, specification speculation/rumors, product naming controversies... things have heated up on the GPU news front this October. Although much of this activity has caused the discussion boards to heat up with a healthy mix of well-sourced information, uninformed speculation, trolling/flame wars and general excitement, the real benefits will be seen in the short term when newer, faster and more efficient technologies become available to consumers looking for a new GPU for their gaming, Folding, home workstation or Home Theater PC.


Fancy a Fermi refresh? Whether it materializes or not, the speculation that NVIDIA will be releasing a 512 CUDA core-equipped GTX 580 is creating some excitement. With a reported 128 TMUs and a 512-bit memory bus, the so-called GF100b could serve as a countermeasure to AMD's upcoming (and slightly maligned for the new and confusing product-naming system) 6-series architecture which is well on its way.

Link to story HERE (http://www.techpowerup.com/132832/NVIDIA-to-Counter-Radeon-HD-6970-Cayman-with-GeForce-GTX-580.html).

An apparent NVIDIA product roadmap has also been released, detailing information on GF110, GF112 and GF119.

http://www.ozone3d.net/public/jegx/201010/nvidia_2011_gpu_roadmap.jpg

More info HERE (http://www.hwupgrade.it/forum/showpost.php?p=33387522&postcount=544).

... and yet more information (translated GTC conversation) which possibly links this new development to the 238W Tesla C2050 HERE (http://www.hwupgrade.it/forum/showpost.php?p=33387522&postcount=544).


Every once in a while, something stokes the flames between NVIDIA and ATI (http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=235601). The most recent instance of this comes from AMD Devrel team chief Richard Huddy, who has called out NVIDIA (http://www.kitguru.net/components/graphic-cards/ironlaw/nvidia-offers-the-constant-smell-of-burning-bridges-says-amd/) for their practices relating to game development, specifically opining on what he believes to be wasteful practices when it comes to indiscriminate, over-gratuitous and pixel/performance-wasting use of tessellation for what appear to be competitive advantages. He also took the opportunity to harken back to the not-too-long-ago Batman Arkham Asylum debacle and wondered aloud if NVIDIA is putting themselves first, or gamers.

Regardless of whether Richard's opinions (http://www.kitguru.net/components/graphic-cards/ironlaw/nvidia-offers-the-constant-smell-of-burning-bridges-says-amd/) are correct, as a Devrel team chief and former NVIDIA employee he does offer some interesting perspectives. So Did NVIDIA really fund development of Stone Giant? And what of their $2M affiliation with the development of Crysis 2? NV News will report on any responses from the Green Team.

http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/7474/interestingy.jpg (http://img84.imageshack.us/i/interestingy.jpg/)

ragejg
10-18-10, 10:39 AM
So because tessellation hasn't matured that much yet, it's not "honest" yet? Or has AMD blown this out of proportion? The kitteh describes my sentiments exactly...

ragejg
10-18-10, 02:49 PM
Reportedly AMD also kicked in $1M to help fund DIRT 2, sooo...

I'm working on getting a link for that.

v3rninater
10-18-10, 04:09 PM
I see that GF110 box is floating within the 2010 time frame...COME ON MR. REFRESH!!! WE KNOW YER THARRRrrr!!!!

frenchy2k1
10-18-10, 04:11 PM
GF110 should be here around the holidays.
Lifetime should be around holidays 2010 till mid-2011.