NVIDIA ready to counter-attack
NVIDIA insiders have confirmed that the green camp is ready to push out new products immediately should the performance discrepancy between their current DirectX 11 line-up and the new AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series is too large for comfort.
To recap, the GF104 chipset has eight streaming multiprocessors (SM) for a total of 384 CUDA cores. The GeForce GTX 460, which is based on the GF104, has one SM completely disabled, leaving it with just 336 CUDA cores. Then, we have the GF106 chipset, which has four SMs, three ROP partitions and 64-bit memory controllers. Furthermore, the GF106-based GeForce GTS 450 has one ROP partition and 64-bit memory controller conveniently removed. That said, we could be seeing a higher-clocked and fully enabled GF104-based GeForce GTX 475 coming in November or December.
As the GeForce GTS 450 wrangles with the Radeon HD 5750 and HD 5770 and the looming next-generation HD 6770 will surpass NVIDIA’s offering, a GeForce GTS 455 will probably see the light in early Q1 2011.
There is vague confirmation that fully enabled GF100 with 512 CUDA cores set to go against AMD’s next generation single GPU flagship is in the works. However, we do have some reservations over its eventual TDP and power consumption.
It looks like the last quarter of the year is shaping up to be an eventful quarter.