Originally Posted by xoleras
Isn't the GK110 designed solely for GPGPU and professional applications? I think it's easy to see that such a part (which we know NOTHING about right now) would be highly inefficient for desktop computers.
GF100 was designed as much for GPGPU as GK110 would be. Doesn't stop them from using them as gaming GPUs as well, obviously it will be a bit less efficient but most of the stuff added for compute reasons will also be useful for gaming. Basically GK110 is just a bunch of more of everything. It's not that fundamentally different from GK104, it's just bigger with some extra features to get DP up.
See GF104 vs. GF100.
I would love to see a GK110 part but after reading this news I highly doubt it. Nvidia already stated they are separating their gaming and professional lines - GK110 is designed for professional use and I presume is highly inefficient, and would be hot and loud on the desktop.
Where did they state this and what do they mean by it? They have already done it by hardware limiting compute on geforce parts. They don't really need to do more.
Also it wouldn't likely be more inefficient, hot and loud as the GF110. 580s weren't that bad. There's also always the need for better performing parts on the desktop. What do you suggest they should use to compete with AMD? Does it make sense to design a whole new chip just for gaming on top of GK104? Most likely not. And again, NV reps have said GK110 could make an appearance if AMD's launch requires it.
(it isn't hard to deduct this based on specs).
Also, I saw the news of GK110 parts shipping but why do we know nothing about it? No benchmarks, no information, nothing?
As for why no gaming info yet, that's most likely because teslas are given priority. NV most likely hasn't shipped out any GK110 geforce boards, no matter how early in testing stages they were. Tesla boards on the other hand have started shipping. But since they're completely incompatible with normal gaming and the security is so tight it's obvious those are of no use to us.
All of the GPGPU and shaders on the GK110, if it does exist, would be a tremendous cost of inefficiency, wouldn't it? I don't see why nvidia would reverse course again and offer GPGPU in a gaming GPU.
It's not reversing course, it's being logical and making a profit from the parts you can't sell otherwise. Just like intel is selling SB-EP dies with 2 cores disabled as SB-E. Their top of the line 500$-1000$ CPUs. Crippled server chips.