Originally Posted by Rollo
It's all part of their brilliant marketing scheme.
You see, ATi knows that NVIDIA will be building the GTX680 Ultra between 12/27/2011 and 1/9/2011.
Sooooo...they give reviewers cards with disabled clusters of processing units, clocked at 925MHz instead of the 1300-1500 they're truly capable of. THEN they write a special review driver that has game profiles in it with GTX580 fps and a limiter at 125% built in for the 7970!!
Haha Hoho! Won't NVIDIA be shocked when the cards are released next week at 1300-1500MHz with all clusters enabled!!! They'll be done with their flagship GTX680 Ultra and the single GPU crown will sit on ATi's head for all of 2012. Everyone who buys the 7970 will be part of the subterfuge, an "in the know" gaming guru. There will probably even be a secret handshake.
Or, it could be pretty dumb to hold back the power on these cards at all because they're actually trying to SELL them next week and the lackluster framerates everyone who might buy them has already seen made the all important first impression.
I dunno- could be either way......
Lackluster frame rates? What the hell are you going on about?