Half a year has passed and we can conclude that NVidia has introduced only one new processor. May be it is one, but it is the GK104. This is pretty bad, especially for a company that is striving to keep the leadership position on the market. As the second part of the year has come to pass, we got another processor based on the architecture Kepler, but this one is made for the lower end of the market and it is named GK107. When we say the lower end, we think about the most interesting part of the market, where the graphic card has a price of about 100 Euro. Once we know the price, than we know which model goes in retirement and what to expect. This means that GeForce GTX550 is going to leave us and that NVidia is competing with AMD’s Radeon HD 7750.
GeForce cards series 500 are a long time on the market, so now it’s time to complete the 600 series. But it seems as NVidia didn’t have the time and the resources to promote the Kepler architecture on the lower market, but they still wanted a 6xx series, so the market got old cards with a new name. That’s why at the same time as the launch of the GeForce GT640, with which they introduced the new processor, they also introduced the “new” models GeForce- GT610, GT620 and GT630, which are an “upgrade” of the previous models- GT200, 400 and 500, which can still be found on the market. These cards didn’t get any upgrade, so no new processors, they even got the short straw, because some of them come with DDR3 memory instead of their predecessors GDDR5, making them slower than them.
So our recommendation is that it is better to buy some card with an older series number, than to run for the newer but slower 6xx series (this is only for the low segment).