Originally Posted by Fyrwulf
You're making some pretty big assumptions. Please remember that AMD is preparing a 7790 with GCN 2.0 architecture, so there stands a chance that a 7990 would be two 1 Ghz GCN 2.0 cores, which would be more than a match for a single Titan or GTX 690 and for a lot less. Two such 7990s in Crossfire would eat a Titan or GTX 690 alive.
The titan alone isn't exactly a gaming monster, though in EVERY aspect it beats out the 7970. AMD knows this, as well as they know other 7990s exist. What would be the point of coming out with the card, people are just going to react 2 ways:
1) Already done before, meh
2) Not as good as two titans, so who cares
Those that care, already have a 3rd party one. Those that don't, well they don't. Nvidia could easily do a dual titan card, with minimal frame loss and call it a day. Their is no reason for AMD to showcase what's already been done.
The other issue I have with all this AMD hype now that Titan is out, you probably will not find a single AMD card better than Titan for a while. In fact, I'd be willing to put money on the idea that the next gen of Nvidia cards is going to raise the bar for AMD. I think the Titan was a PR stunt/response to AMDs fame lately. It's basically them telling AMD to either beat that, or don't bother. Which I don't think AMD can, so I'm betting we won't see any "response" to this.
Another side note, if the Titan is this powerful this year and out in production. What do you think they will do on the next official release? Companies plan pretty far ahead, this wasn't random and it wasn't a last ditch effort. I have no doubt Nvidia will push us again into the next gen cards. Granted, they HAVE too. AMD is getting a close hand with developers being on the consoles. So it'll help them out a lot.