Nvidia Is Back!

After two years of lurking in the shadow of AMD’s Radeon, Nvidia is back with a vengeance, in the form of its new Kepler microarchitecture. Last week, the boys in green set loose their GeForce GTX 680 video card, sending AMD back to the drawing board. Now that the dust has settled a bit, there is plenty of data about the new GPU world order, so let’s look at it together.

During the past two years, Nvidia struggled to keep itself at the top, and only seldom succeeded, even then, by releasing massive, power-hungry chips. But no more of that, because last week’s launch of the first chip from the Kepler lineup was a major, game-changing event. To say that it was a surprise would be an understatement…