Originally Posted by vlps5122
i feel like theyre targeting power efficiency this year. idk im hoping for a 600 watt flagship like the kingpin but i dont see it coming
You understand that baseline efficiency affects the high end too, correct? Nvidia is designing one architecture to base their entire product stack on from mobile to desktop, and that includes Tegra, Geforce and Quadro. Obviously the tegra parts will be far cut down and the geforce parts are designed to scale - Maxwell will be a scaling architecture just as Kepler was; once Maxwell is scaled up to a 250-300W TDP desktop GPU I think it will be pretty beastly. Keep in mind that the GTX 750ti is double the performance of any 60W TDP part, it performs far beyond anything currently or has ever in the past for a 60W TDP. The AMD 65W TDP R7-250 performs at less than half of its speed, that is how insanely efficient the baseline Maxwell uarch is. And the kicker is - that is on 28nm. Now i'm just speculating here, but once scaled upwards with thousands of CUDA cores on 20nm, GM200 and GM204 will be downright beastly.
It was the same story with Kepler. When it was released in 2012, it was the most efficient architecture to have ever been designed. That directly resulted in the high end parts also performing exceptionally well, because it is a scaling architecture. GK107 was the first Kepler GPU to be released (for mobile) and NV scaled it upwards with more CUDA cores for the desktop. So we ended up with GK104, GK110, so on and so forth - these were all designed with the same scaling Kepler architecture, and Maxwell will also be a scaling architecture. So this same scaling will apply with Maxwell - we're just not sure when it will be released (although NV states GM200/204 will be Q3 this year), but I think it will be very interesting once scaled upwards towards 250W+ on a desktop GPU.
As far as Q3 goes, I hope it happens. If not, oh well. I'm fairly happy with my GPUs as things stand and i'm not tripping over myself to upgrade. While I think GM200/204 will be very interesting and high performing, I more or less view it as "when it happens it happens". Shall be an interesting release regardless.Edited by xoleras - 3/3/14 at 6:12am