Originally Posted by PureBlackFire
this is all we can really say for now.
nope. a 40-50mhz core clock bump and +250 on the memory doesn't give you 15% higher performance. most sources have already said it's around 5% improvement (I assume those "up to 20% faster than 7970ghz" claims on nvidia slides were in hugely biased games, just like we can assume that the 7970ghz will crush the gtx780 in Dirt Showdown), about on par with the 7970ghz out of box.
How long is it going to take "enthusiasts" to realize that every time they run around parroting marketing slides, they end up looking like complete idiots? This isn't pointed at you, but the people at eat up official Nvidia, Intel, and AMD slides and go "OMG X% FASTER SO GOOD" and then it ends up being x/5% faster.
Regardless it's obvious Nvidia knows Haslel is worth nothing more than some lelz so they're releasing these cards to snag up all the customers who were saving for Haslel, who are going to say "well I had $500 saved up for a new CPU + motherboard but now I'm getting a graphics card."
It's a really, really good strategy, specially considering they're going to be the "new and edgy" models compared to the "old 7000 series" that AMD has (at least to the under-educated consumer). When AMD said "we're sticking with the 7000 series brand, it's a strong brand" Nvidia probably turned around and went "well, it's time to rebrand our cards and go "look at our cards they're so new AMD hasn't came out with anything in over a year!"
Nvidia is so good at this stuff. They've figured out how to rebrand an existing card and sell it for more money, and not only that, they've created so much excitement for a rebrand and a gimped higher end product that it's flooding OCN.
It'd be nice if we could get just one GTX 700 series thread. Of the top 10 topics in the hardware section, 5 of them have to do with GTX 700 series, one of them with an Nvidia sponsored game, and the rest other hardware.