Personally I'm hoping the 9970 is a Beast!!!
Fanboy Insecurities aside, I don't want a 9970 card that fits oh so pretty and safe with flowers and lillies, with pastel colors, nicely and passive between the 780 and Titan. I want the 9970 to rock the world. and pushing the envelope.
1. This will put pressure on Nvidia to release the hounds with their new tech.
That we suspect they already have but have been sandbagging on holding onto it.
2. Put something out there for programmers to program with. Chicken and Egg comparison. Programmers equally say, "why program a realistic water shader if nothing can handle it realtime." Build it and they will come, hardware wise. I say
Money aside, we already have 780 & Titan performance. What does a new single card gen bring to us on OCN by sitting in the middle of these two known GPU's especially with the the age of Kepler?
As a Titan owner I won't be upset or insecure at all, that a new generation, arguably a year and a half after the Kepler architecture was born, beats it.
"Grow Up" is what I say. Get over it, and move on. Will everyone feel the same as me? No of course not. Some Titan owners will be highly insecure and vocally raging on the boards. "How dare the Titan get beat by the next gen AMD GPU so soon".
Tech is fast moving, accept it or don't play the game.