Originally Posted by john19055
If nvidia comes out with a $299 card that is just as fast maybe even a little faster ,then that would put the hurt on the HD7970.That 576 cuda cores could be pretty close to what it is .That would be 12-Sm cluster units with 48 on each unit and add 8 texture unit for each cluster that would be 96,Run the core at 950 and memory at 5000.Even being just a 256bit interface ,it would be close.If that confriguration is even possible.
The price tells you everything you need to know. Its not faster than the 7970. Its probably not even faster than the GTX 580. Unless NV all the sudden decided it doesn't like money, its performance is somewhat better than a current $299 card. So maybe 6970 level performance or slightly better. This was already rumored for months, NV launching mid and low end first, I don't know why people are suprised all the sudden. I'm smelling another FX 5800 so far, rumors of NV pulling out every dirty marketing trick in the book to try and make them look better...