Rumor: Nvidia Prepping Slimmed Down GK110 With 5GB VRAM, Possible GTX 780?

by Mike Bendel on March 18, 2013 @ 2:48 pm

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Citing unnamed sources, a report from Swedish overclocking site Sweclockers claims Nvidia is prepping a slimmed down card based on its GK110 Kepler architecture. Reportedly, the card will boast 5GB of VRAM on a 320-bit memory bus, coupled with 2496 CUDA cores. The same site broke the news of Nvidia’s Geforce Titan ahead of its announcement, so there’s a good chance this information is on the mark.

Comparatively, the GeForce Titan has 2688 CUDA cores, a 384-bit memory bus, 6 GB of GDDR5. Therefore, this card is looking like a slight downgrade, at least on paper. It would however, fill the price gap nicely between the $500 GTX680 and $1000 Titan, especially if Nvidia has a second cut-down variant ready, like a GTX770.

The card will reportedly launch around July to August. Unfortunately, we wouldn’t expect Nvidia to price these too aggressively unless AMD has new cards in the pipeline as well.

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Comments
LocutusEstBorg says:

I was hoping the top of the line GTX 780 would be more powerful than the Titan.

Trigun says:

Same here...Titan isn't that huge of a step up gaming wise from the 680 unless you go into ultra high-res triple monitor setups.

I mean at least the Compute performance is back up..but if the 780 is downsized from the Titan, then we can probably expect poorer compute performance again..

x3sphere says:

If the card is based on GK110 compute performance should be good, just slightly slower than a Titan... the rumored info puts it close to 10% below on paper, assuming it's not gimped in other ways of course.

What will matter is pricing, if it's $800 it won't really be a better value than a Titan.

Maxwell (NV's new architecture) isn't due until 2014 so I expected something like this to happen.

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Trigun says:

Stacked DRAM? Hm.

Still, they could intentionally gimp it like GK104. But seeing as it will probably be marketed as a premium GPU you are probably right.

800$ Though I agree, is not a good value. This card should be 750$ at the farthest extreme. At 650$ it would be a good value compared to the 680. Though i'm not so sure how much of a value it will present in contrast to the 7970 Ghz Edition. Which I think is only like 450$?

LocutusEstBorg says:

What if they stick to tradition and launch the GTX 780 at $499 like the GTX 480, 580 and 680.

x3sphere says:

Depends on AMD I'd say. At least in the past, Nvidia has price gouged with no competition -- 8800 Ultra launched at $850, 8800 GTX $650. It wasn't until AMD came out with the 4800 series that Nvidia dropped prices. Since then, they've been pretty competitive so GPU prices have remained low/stable.

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