NVIDIA GeForce 700 Series Launching in Mid-May – GeForce GTX 780 Gets GK110 Core, GTX 770 and GTX 760 Ti Get GK104


GeForce 700 Series

It has been reported by Brightsideofnews that NVIDIA would be launching their GeForce 700 series including the flagship GeForce GTX 780 as soon as May 2013. According to the information from their Asia based sources, the company is planning to launch three new GeForce 700 series SKUs which will be featuring refined version of the 28nm Kepler architecture.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 - Powered by GK110 Core Architecture

The most interesting part about the report is that we have already been hearing about the GeForce GTX Titan LE for the past few months. The card which is a consumer version of the already released Tesla K20C would not be another TItan GPU but rather the next flagship GeForce GTX 780 graphics card featuring the same specifications. The GeForce GTX 780 would be powered by the GK110 core boasting 2496 Cuda cores and a 5 GB GDDR5 VRAM which was indicated in a leaked picture of the board itself.

The leak could now be considered true since it was mentioned that Titan LE was just an internal codename of the card, retail name would be something else and with a different cooling scheme compared to the Titan. It was speculated that the Titan LE, now known as the GTX 780 would be priced around the $499 - $599 mark.

GeForce GTX TITAN GeForce GTX 780 GeForce GTX 770 GeForce GTX 760 Ti
GPU GK110 GK110 GK104-425 GK104-225
CUDA Cores 2688 2304 1536 1152
TMUs 224 192 128 96
ROPs 48 48 32 32
Interface 384-bit 384-bit 256-bit 256-bit
MSRP $999 $649 $399 $299

There remains a possibility of a much powerful GK110 GPU later in 2013 which would launch with a fully enabled core and codenamed GTX TItan Ultra, more can be seen here.

Update: Sweclockers is also reporting that the GeForce 700 series are likely to arrive around the Computex 2013 event. However the specifications they have mentioned are a bit different as far as memory is concerned  their spec sheet of the upcoming GeForce 700 series cards can be seen below:

NVIDIA GeForce 700 Series:

Model GPUs Memory Replaces
Geforce GTX 780 GK110 3 GB GTX 680
Geforce GTX 770 GK104 2 GB GTX 670
Geforce GTX 760 Ti GK104 2 GB GTX 660 Ti

GK104 Arrives on Performance GPUs (GeForce GTX 770 and GTX 760 Ti)

The other two boards, GeForce GTX 770 and GeForce GTX 760 Ti would be based on the GK104-425 featuring higher clock speeds and much better memory interfaces. The GeForce GTX 770 for instances is said to feature 4GB GDDR5 memory interface, 1536 cores (same as a GTX 680) and around 20-25% better performance than the GeForce GTX 670. The GeForce 760 Ti on the other hand would also be based on the GK104-425 core architecture and would get a 2 GB VRAM with a 256-bit interface and higher clock speeds. The card would be around 20-23% faster than the GeForce GTX 660 Ti and would give a hard time to the Radeon HD 7800 series GPUs.

NVIDIA GeForce 700 Series and Future Generation GPUs

It would be sometime before AMD tackles the GeForce 700 series back with an answer since their HD 8000 series is scheduled for an Q4 2013 launch. Later in the upcoming years, NVIDIA would launch Maxwell (2014) featuring a fully unified virtual memory to GPUs and Volta (2016) which would bring Stacked DRAM on the GPU die which brings 1 TB/s bandwidth to next generation of GPUs. AMD would tackle those with their upcoming Volcanic Islands and Pirate Islands GPUs in the future.