Nvidia Confirms Kepler GPU Delayed Until 2012

Brad Chacos

Nothing gets PC gamers drooling like the prospect of a new and improved GPU. If that's true, Nvidia fans must be suffering from a serious case of dry mouth. It's been almost a year since the company announced a GPU road map that promised to launch the new 28nm Kepler in the second half of 2011. Well, it's the second half of 2011, and we haven't heard much about Kepler since. Maybe it was an embarrassed silence; today, the company confirmed that Kepler won't be hitting the shelves until 2012.

Rumors about a delay have been swirling around the Internet for a while now. We reported on it early last month, in fact . At the time, the rumored-but-now-confirmed delay was chalked up to poor production yields. Today brings word of an official delay. "Although we will have early silicon this year, Kepler-based products are actually scheduled to go into production in 2012. We wanted to clarify this so people wouldn’t expect product to be available this year," Nvidia spokesman Ken Brown told X-bit Labs .

So what else does Nvidia have to say about the pushed-back date? Nothing. Ken Brown didn't touch on the production yield rumors or offer any other sort of explanation. Delays seem to be par for the course for Nvidia's new GPUs – Fermi, Kepler's predecessor, suffered from repeated delays itself. Could pushing back Keplar have much of an effect on the scheduled 2013 release of Maxwell, the next GPU on Nvidia's road map?

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