It’s been a slow time for graphics recently. Both AMD and nVidia have good products in the market. And that market, overall, has not been strong. Against that backdrop, the pace of innovation has slowed right down. But the next 6 months looks like it will be busier. KitGuru loads a driver and attempts a rendition.
However, Jen Hsun’s engineers are pushing onward and upward with the launch of the 600 ‘Kepler’ series expected around the start of 2012.
In addition to the overall chip improvements, the Kepler 600 series should be one of the first products to be delivered on TSMC’s brand new 28nm process (not including a little practice session with mobile parts).
As is normal in the GPU industry, there are times that nVidia innovates – which was clear with SLi and, later, 3D – and there are times when they end up in a following position. For example, second to market with DX11.
One of the coolest innovations seen in the DX11 era was the simple/powerful AMD EyeFinity support for flexible, multi-monitor set-ups.
From what KitGuru is hearing, Jen Hsun wants a piece of this multi-screen business and has ordered his engineers to ensure that the 600 series is able to compete.
Traditionally, nVidia has stronger marketing muscle than AMD, so we’d anticipate a lot of 3-screen improvements from the game and monitor industries over the next 12-18 months.
KitGuru says: It’s no secret that we prefer 3 screens to 3D – which makes any multi-screen improvement from nVidia on the Kepler 600 series cards a very welcome addition indeed.
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