Report: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 on November 8th

SemiAccurate have followed their initial report of the GTX 580 “paper-launching” in November with an update – the GTX 580 launch is no scheduled as early as the Monday after next – November 8th. As the leaked specifications suggest, the GF110 is “GF100 done right” and the GTX 580 will end up similar to how the GTX 480 should have been. The net result, as expected will be a decent performance boost of upto 20% with better thermals.

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SemiAccurate have followed their initial report of the GTX 580 “paper-launching” in November with an update – the GTX 580 launch is no scheduled as early as the Monday after next – November 8th. As the leaked specifications suggest, the GF110 is “GF100 done right” and the GTX 580 will end up
similar to how the GTX 480 should have been. The net result, as expected
will be a decent performance boost of upto 20% with lower power consumption and thermals.

Unlike the GT200 generation, GF100 did not have a readily available die shrink to count on, with TSMC’s 32nm process being cancelled. GF110 will continue to be a huge chip, and despite the ~20% performance improvement, SemiAccurate suggests it won’t be enough to beat AMD’s upcoming Radeon HD 6900 series.

The release has been pulled ahead in time for NVIDIA’s Financial Conference Call, and more importantly, beating AMD to the Cayman (Radeon HD 6950/6970) release. If that sounds too good to be true, the catch is, however, that the launch will be largely a paper launch with no retail availability. The real hard launch is scheduled for January 2011.

While there’s no doubt the GTX 580 will be a decent improvement over the GTX 480 (especially in terms of performance/watt) – soft launches, especially with availability months away, impresses no one these days. It is quite simple – release a product when you have enough supply. The GTX 580 release is definitely being timed to spoil the Radeon HD 6900 series release, and we hope NVIDIA can inform the press and customers about an accurate availability timeline. Of course, with NVIDIA’s recent history of delays, we don’t see many
customers holding their breath for the GTX 580′s “actual” release
anyway. Also, it would be better if these “reviews” were labelled as “previews”. Whatever the nature of the November 8th launch, we hope NVIDIA can ship out the GTX 580 as soon as possible, hopefully before the January 2011 rumoured date.

Reference: SemiAccurate

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