NVIDIA Says Kepler GPUs Delayed Till 2012

Looks like Team Green fans won’t be able to celebrate an early Christmas this year, as its been about a year since NVIDIA said they would launch the new Kepler GPUs based on a 28nm process starting Q3 of this year. It’s the second half of 2011 already, and looks like the company broke out of their own silence and stated that Kepler won’t hit retail shelves until sometime in 2012. Here’s what NVIDIA spokesperson Ken Brown had to say,

Although we will have early silicon this year, Kepler-based products are actually scheduled to go into production in 2012. We wanted to clarify this so people wouldn’t expect product to be available this year

Absolutely no mention of poor yields, but looks like this new line of GPUs are suffering the game fate of it’s predecessor – Fermi. Would this delay the 2013 slated date for the Maxwell GPUs that are next on their roadmap? Only time can tell.


MSI Shows Off New Innovations at Computex 2011 (Weekend Bonus)

First off, we’re all aware of MSI’s popular overclocking utility Afterburner right? It usually comes bundled free with every one of their video card purchases and allows the user to easily adjust clock speeds, voltages by simply dragging the slider or keying in the values. What if you aren’t at the computer to even do this? Well there’s an app for that.

Right now they only have it for Android with an iOS version in the works, but the company emphasizes that the app is something that provides access to all of Afterburner’s features without having to be tied up to the computer. So what’s the point? Say you’re in the middle of running an intensive benchmark and you start seeing artifacts, rather than stopping or quitting the run, you can simply start the app and adjust settings there. Much more efficient.

Applications for this neat mobile app are countless including monitoring while away from the PC, and MSI says it works with video cards by other vendors as well. Above all it’s absolutely free!

Next is something we’re quite fond of, and it’s a PC enthusiast’s nightmare. DUST. This is most evident in the graphics card as a lot can get built up in the heatsinks, and even if you were to go all out water cooling you’ll still find yourself using fans in some parts of your setup.

They company is rolling out a new feature dubbed “Dust Removal Tech” for all their new cards and what it is essentially having the video card have its fans spin in reverse for about 30 seconds when you start the computer. This allows dust to be drawn out of the part rather than to be accumulated by continually having the fans blow onto it.

Sadly there are some caveats to this system, as the dust will still be blown back into your PC and most people have the tendency to leave their desktops on 24/7.

Intel May Showcase Ivy Bridge CPUs at Computex 2011

Seems like it was only yesterday when Sandy Bridge was released, and now we’re already talking about the platform that’s going to be the successor. Anyhow, Intel may be showcasing their new line of processors at Computex Taipei this year (from May 31 to June 4, 2011). A Digitimes article states, according to Chinese Commercial Times report, the company will be introducing their 22nm Ivy Bridge processors at the show.

Slated for early 2012, the new chips will be manufactured using a 22nm process and features a DirectX 11 graphics core, compared to the 32nm Sandy Bridge chips that only has support for DirectX 10.1 on-die graphics. AMD is also working on something similar, but already moving towards 2nd-gen of Fusion APUs – however they won’t be a similar 22nm process as they are still pushing 32nm Llano APUs to the market.

UPDATE: It’s definitely a nice Valentine’s gift, our sources state that Intel will be shipping (to OEMs) a fully revised B3 version of the faulty (Series 6, Cougar Point) chipset today. To top it off – there will also be an updated BIOS (UEFI?), full pin compatibility with the previous B2 chipset, and most importantly a “metal layer modification that will improve lifetime wear out with no changes to functionality or design specs” (in simple terms, transistor affecting SATA ports now remedied). Props to Intel for admitting the design flaw, and coming up with a revised product in a fairly short time – now it’s up to all the manufacturers out there to make the swap and get them shipped (hopefully everything gets sorted out before April).

Gearing Up for 2011

We’re going to start off by apologizing if you were expecting to see another roundup for today, but the good news is that we’re making a handful of changes and improvements around the site. One of the noticeable adjustments that you will probably spot for the New Year is the banner, featuring a different design right up top (tell us what you think in the comments!).

Another thing is that we consolidated our Roundups we showcased to this day, so they can be easily accessed through a link below the banner. We’ll also be revamping our featured pre-configured builds to sport the hot, new graphical and processing parts as they get rolled out.

So stay tuned, and best wishes from VSPC towards 2011!

AMD Unveils 2011 GPU Roadmap

It’s a little disappointing on some occasions to hear that the launch of the Radeon HD 6900 series would be delayed (via Hardware Canucks), but on the bright side AMD decided to jump the gun and showcase what’s to come in the first quarter of 2011. Although we may see the single GPU part this year, their dual GPU Radeon HD 6990 won’t arrive until well after the new year and also with the inclusion of some new cards that will expand the HD 5700 series (Turks and Calcos).

Something that you may find interesting is that the new line of discrete Mobile Radeon graphics, dubbed the “Vancouver” series, adopt their codenames from known parts of British Columbia, Canada. This includes Blackcomb, Granville, Whistler, Capilano, Seymour and Robson. Cool!