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.

XFX Dropped by NVIDIA as an Approved Partner?

Don’t take our word for it, but after we saw NVIDIA selling their own reference design cards at stores like Best Buy, figures that the GPU maker would have some competition with its AIB (add-in board) partners.

“I was told today that XFX is no longer an approved NVIDIA partner,” says HardOCP founder Kyle Bennett.

There weren’t many details, however there were rumors going on since early this year in January and you may have recalled XFX was longer an exclusive NVIDIA partner since late 2008 when they started selling AMD (ATI) cards as well. Both BFG and XFX weren’t invited to the Fermi party for reasons unknown.