Originally Posted by Viral
Could just be a midrange pipe-cleaner like they did with the 4770 on 40nm. Depends what NV is doing I guess, this time both companies are very eager to move on to the new process. It couldn't come any sooner.
It might happen, as we all know what happened with fermi and Nvidia trying to launch a 3+ billion transistor part at 40 nm directly and it didn't quite go as planned, so with this 28nm process, and potentially allowing 5+ billion transistor budgets, trying to pull that off on the first try at 28nm may be unwise to say the least..
So i can imagine a 28nm version of Fermi and running at 1 Ghz+ while using less power than the 40nm version, but like it's been mentioned already, it all depends on what ATI does too...It wouldn't kill them to make a smaller, cheaper version of Cayman, as it's quite large at 40nm as it is....The second largest GPU they've ever designed after the original R600.