NVIDIA has released a bunch of information about the upcoming Kepler mobile GPU project. As a component on the Logan SoC, the Kepler will bring performance in gaming, multimedia and computational power that nobody would have thought possible just a year or so ago. They're calling it as big of a milestone as the GeForce GPU was on the desktop 14 years ago. Those are some big shoes to fill, and from what we've seen so far they just might be right.
The Kepler GPU will bring PC class performance and power to mobile, including full support of traditional desktop-only features like OpenGL 4.4, Tessellation, and DirectX11. The addition of full CUDA 5.0 support for raw computational power makes the Kepler a real piece of future tech, and the first of the next generation's mobile hardware. And it does it all using just two watts of power. Compare this to the current NVIDIA GeForce Titan desktop graphics card -- which supports the same feature-set and needs
450 250 watts of power to do it.
It all sounds really great, but if you really want it to rock your socks off, you'll need to see the demos. We've got them both embedded after the break, but you need to be aware of what you're seeing. Both the demos are digital renders, with no live action involved. Everything was drawn and rendered by the mobile Kepler GPU, and the effects are astounding. The "Ira" demo in particular, which has support for full tone mapping, bloom, FXAA 3.0, and full HDR. These are features that have previously only been available on PCs.
There are still plenty of other features about the Logan chips that we don't yet know -- including a street date. but what we're seeing from the GPU, which has always been NVIDIA's forte, get us excited for the future. Be sure to keep reading for some slides and the above-mentioned videos, you'll not want to miss this.
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