AMD may have declared that its next-generation GPU family won't arrive before October, but that isn't stopping NVIDIA from launching its GeForce GTX 700 series much earlier. While AMD's lineup is banking on sales during the X'mas shopping season, NVIDIA is going after the pre-Summer system upgrade crowd. According to a Bright Side of News (BSN) report, NVIDIA's new lineup will make its debut no later than this May.
According to the BSN report, GeForce GTX 700 series will be heavily based on existing GeForce Kepler silicon, with a handful feature-set updates, and some clever product stack adjustments. The part that succeeds today's GeForce GTX 680, the GeForce GTX 780, could be based on the 28 nm GK110 silicon, and could very well be the fabled "GTX TITAN LE" part that's been in the news for some time now, as being a scaled down GeForce GTX TITAN, with 2496 CUDA cores, 208 TMUs, 40 ROPs, and a 320-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 5 GB of memory.
The GeForce GTX 770 could be similar to today's GeForce GTX 680, in featuring 1536 CUDA cores, 128 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 256-bit wide memory interface, probably holding 4 GB of memory; and the GeForce GTX 760 Ti being similar to today's GeForce GTX 670, featuring 1344 CUDA cores, 112 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and 256-bit wide memory interface, holding 2 GB of memory; so you see where NVIDIA is going with its product stack.
GeForce GTX 700 series could present NVIDIA the opportunity to introduce a few new features that don't involve redesigning existing silicon. These include GPU Boost 2.0, as implemented on the GeForce GTX TITAN, higher clock speeds across the board to current GeForce GTX 600 series models the new SKUs are evolving from, and of course double the memory amounts on certain cards.
The very first GeForce GTX 700 series part could be launched in mid-May, and could probably be the GTX 770 and GTX 760 Ti, being launched as precursors to a grand GTX 780 launch towards the end of May. Computex 2013 could see a swarm of GeForce GTX 700 series cards from NVIDIA's various add-in card vendors being exhibited.