Well, from what I have read, many people are currently comparing the GTX 580 with the 7970. Has anybody cared to compare AMD's flagship card with their last-gen one? The performance gains
compared to their previous flagship card are great. Not to mention the 7970's overclocking potential, which the 6970 didn't really have.
The other thing that people need to keep in mind with the 7970 is that the GCN architecture is great for computing. That's one of the main advantages of the 7970. If you look at this
section in Anandtech's review you will see that the 7970 is relatively at the top in all of the computing benchmarks; it even beats some of the dual-gpu counterparts. This really gives NV's cuda cores a run for their money, especially since AMD really hasn't been known for having computing graphics cards until now.
Keep in mind that the title says on softpedia "Mid-Range NVIDIA Kepler to Challenge AMD 7900 High-End Cards
" High end could be either the 7950 or the 7970 as the 7950 certainly isn't a midrange card (either way it's still disappointing if this rumor is true). I believe that this rumor is fake mainly because if NV brings out a midrange card that beats AMD's flagship, it would change the graphics card market as we know it for the worse. It could also put AMD's gpu division in a horrible position (probably similar to BD).
What I CAN see though is the GTX 670/770 replacing the 580, which brings up another point:
- 560 TI is introduced, and it has performance similar to the 470. It competes with the 1GB/2GB 6950.
- 570 is introduced, and it has performance similar to the 480. It competes with the 6970.
- 580 (before introduction of the 7970) is the best single GPU card.
If NV keeps up with the revisions of the same architecture, we can see the same pattern with the 600/700 series:
- 660/760 TI is released, and it has performance similar to the 570. It competes with the 6970/78XX
- 670/770 is released, and it has performance similar to the 580. Will have performance comparable to the 7950
- 680/780 is the best single GPU card. The 7970 will probably be very close in performance with NV's counterpart. There's a reason why the 7970 has a flagship price of ~$570.
- Extra: AMD releases 1GB 6950 and Black Edition 6870 to further compete with the 560 TI and to fill in some price range gaps.
Even if NV's flagship card outperforms it, AMD will probably lower the 7970 to the rumored $450 to further increase the price/performance ratio. I can also see AMD doing what the extra says up above if things start getting shaky. 1.5GB 7970/7950 anyone?Edited by airisom2 - 1/21/12 at 3:39pm