Next-Gen Hits PC: Nvidia Launches 'Unreal Engine 4' Kepler GPUs

Tom Hopkins

Nvidia has launched the very first PC graphics cards based on its highly-anticipated Kepler architecture, recently demoed with Epic's next-gen Unreal Engine 4.

Published on Mar 22, 2012

Nvidia has launched the world's first 'next-gen' video cards to feature the manufacturer's impressive Kepler graphics architecture, which has been in the works for over five years.

The GeForce GTX 680 is billed as "the fastest, most efficient GPU ever built," for desktop PCs, while the GeForce GT 640M is designed for laptops.

Epic Games VP Mark Rein said the 680 "completely redefines what an enthusiast-class GPU is," confirming that the recent behind-closed-doors previews of Unreal Engine 4 at GDC were running on the card - as did the Samaritan demo.

"The Kepler architecture stands as NVIDIA’s greatest technical achievement to date," said Nvidia's GPU engineering SVP Brian Kelleher, who added that the GTX 680 "doesn’t require loud fans or exotic power supplies."

Nvidia reckons the GeForce GTX 680 is "up to 43 percent faster in cutting-edge games such as Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim," citing a 28 per cent power saving and double the "performance per watt " of Nvidia's current flagship card, the GeForce GTX 580.

Naturally, the cards support DX11, while the GeForce GTX 680 also supports "up to four separate displays – three of them in 3D," according to Nvidia.

The GeForce GTX 680 GPU will be included in cards from makers including ASUS, EVGA, Gainward, KFA2 (Galaxy), Gigabyte, Inno3D, MSI, Palit, Point of View, PNY, Sparkle and Zotac, with pricing starting at around £429

The GeForce 600M series will hit notebooks from makers including Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba.

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