NVIDIA is said to be working on a variant of the powerful but pricey GeForce GTX Titan.
The Good News
GeForce GTX Titan was launched in February 2013, just a few weeks back and is the fastest single graphics card available on the market. It packs a Kepler GK110 GPU with 2688 Shader processing units, 224 TMUs and 48 ROPs, on a 384-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. The GPU's clock initially ran at 837MHz but would go over 875MHz in Turbo Mode and reach an even higher frequency, which could easily surpass the 1GHz barrier, using the Kepler 2.0 Boost - a new technology introduced with it.
Its performance was quite superior to GeForce GTX 680 and just a little behind the almighty, dual-graphics GeForce GTX 690. However, its release price of 999 USD is likely going to be its own undoing. Had the Titan released at a slightly lower price point it would have been in the reach of ordinary people looking for a GPU to invest in. One that would allow the gamer to feel confident for years to come that they have a graphics solution to meet all challenges thrown their way for years to come.
But the manufacturer of course has other more cunning plans.
Release a card, the Titan, that sits at the top of the performance charts. It gains a reputation as being a power house, the best that money can buy, but only to those that can afford it. This leaves room underneath the Titan for new, weaker variants that will sell faster (but still for a lot of money) off the back of the reputation of the more powerful Titan. But they have to move fast as the competition also want to play this game and will be looking to claim that coveted top spot for themselves.
And so let me introduce you to GeForce Titan Light Edition
Lets take a look at the predicted specs for the Titan LE
GeForce GTX Titan LE also packs a Kepler GK110 GPU but with slightly less 2496 shader processing units, 208 TMUs and 40 ROPs, on a 320-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. It will most likely have a 4GB or 5GB frame buffer and offer similar clock frequencies to the main Titan.
Considering its rumoured specifications, we would suggest that the LE retail for around $699 USD. It's still a very high price but it will tempt gaming enthusiasts to skip the GeForce GTX 680 (currently around $450 USD) and cough up for the GeForce GTX Titan LE over it.
However, there are rumours that suggest the Titan LE will release for as high as $899 USD. If this is the case then it will stop any "normal-person sales" and leave the way open for competition to fill the price gap.
The main difference between the Titan and the Titan LE is some disabled SMX, but we certainly expect the Titan LE to be more powerful than the GTX 680, but much better?
Over the past 24hours there has also been a leaked snapshot of the alleged results from the Titan LE. We are not sure how reliable these are but figured it was more data for you guys to consider, so here it is.
The Bad News
With the release of another Titan graphics card and AMD's announcement that there will be no new HD 8000 Series cards this year, the pressure is off to release the next Nvidia GPU 700 series anytime soon and so it is looking more and more likely that the GeForce 700 Series will be released next year, 2014 instead of 2013 as we originally thought.
However, since NVIDIA is giving some mixed messages, lets all put our heads together, take a look at the facts, and decide when we think we will see GeForce 700 Series. Read the following points and vote below. Then please share your thoughts and reasons in the comments area.
a) AMD has added new HD 7000 Series Graphics Cards this year: Radeon HD 7790 & Radeon HD 7650 (upcoming).
b) NVIDIA has also added new GeForce 600 Series Graphics Cards this year: GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Edition, GeForce GTX 660 SE (maybe won't exist, perhaps it is the Boost Edition) and the Titan GFXs are technically also GeForce 600 Series Graphics Cards (Titan was intended to be released as GeForce GTX 685).
c) It had been thought that the upcoming GeForce GTX Titan LE would be released as GeForce GTX 780.
d) NVIDIA has added over 7 mobile Graphics Cards to the GeForce 700M Series. However, some are Fermi rebrands, others Kepler rebrands and only 2 do equip new Kepler Cores.
f) The TITAN GFXs are sort of "unique" graphics cards...could they really affect the sales of GeForce 700 Series?
g) If Titan LE does equip a Kepler GK110 Core and performs worse than Titan, does that leave space for a GeForce GTX 780?
Before you vote, consider that the GeForce 700 Series are supposed to be slightly less powerful, but more energy efficient versions of the GeForce 600 Series. They are believed to feature upgraded Kepler GPUs (Kepler GK104 -» Kepler GK204 - more SPUS, same TDP).