Following on the success of the Fermi architecture in first the 4xx- and more recently the 5xx-series of GPUs, Nvidia will be releasing the first of their new Kepler GK1xx based GeForce 6xx-series cards in 2012Q2. The first card to be released by Nvidia will be the stop-gap GeForce GT 680 in February, previously rumored to be called GeForce GTX 680.
Today we get a look at the GK110 GPU, which will power the GeForce GTX 680 or GTX 780. While the resolution is quite low and detail has been removed from the picture, we can see GK110-??-A2 printed on the heatspreader. This confirms that not only is GK110 silicon in existence, but that it is already maturing and on its second (A2) revision.
Speculation has it that GK104 will power the GeForce GT 660 and GT 680, and is due for release in either April or May 2012. The first big daddy of the range, the GK110, will follow sometime later in the year with the GeForce GTX 680 which will go head-to-head with the Radeon HD 7970. The low end will be brought up by the GK106 and GK107, possibly known at the GeForce GT 620, GT 640, GTS 650 and GTS 660. The ultimate big daddy Kepler will be the GK112-based GeForce GTX 780 which is due in 2013. Jonathan Horne