Nvidia will be launching a new high-end GPU at the GeForce LAN / NVIDIA Gaming Festival (NGF) 2012 in Shanghai on April 28.
A countdown clock on the graphics chip maker’s website shows a teaser image with the words “it’s coming” and a link for live coverage of the upcoming event.
David Kanter of Real World Technologies said the announcement would likely be a high-end gaming version of Kepler, though perhaps not the biggest version of the upcoming product range, which is likely to be a Kepler variant specifically designed for high-performance computing.
“The GPGPU version [of Kepler] won’t be out until late summer or fall,” said Kanter, though he added that Saturday's release might be a double GPU card for ultra-high-end gaming.
Whatever variant of Kepler Nvidia is releasing this Saturday, it will have to be big enough to impress the crowd of over 6,000 local and 500,000 online attendees at the massive PC gaming event.
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