Originally Posted by BiG StroOnZ
May I ask, how did the 900 series go? What makes you think they would suddenly go back to an old formula? Why would the 1080 be the big die, when that wasn't the case with the 980 on the 900 series? They figured out a new formula to maximize profits, they aren't suddenly going to change that.
It's very illogical, if you look to the most recent history of how their series of cards were released.
It's most likely going to be:
GTX 1050 - GP 106 (or 107) - GDDR5 4GB
GTX 1060 - GP 106 - GDDR5 4GB
GTX 1070 - GP 104 - GDDR5X 6GB
GTX 1080 - GP 104 - GDDR5X 6GB
GTX 1080 Ti - GP 100 - HBM2 8GB
GTX Titan Y - GP100 - HBM2 16GB
How Nvidia chooses to line up their product offering doesn't rely explicitly on past line ups. It's not some formula they choose simply because it's what they have done int he past. Market forces have a big impact on these decisions--specifically what comes from AMD. If AMD releases a competitive product then Nvidia may go with what we have seen years ago.
These die lineups and product numbers reflect individual graphics cards positioning in the market. If the top of the line consumer card requires a GP100 die in order to position itself competitively in the market, then Nvidia will do as much. If that is not a requirement, then nvidia will chose the die that positions it best relative to cost to manufacture, competition and profit margin.
780 was a cut down GK110 most likely due to the information Nvidia had on what AMD was going to bring with the 290x and the fact that they couldn't use GK104 and have a card that could compete with the 290/290x. I'd say AMD performed better than Nvidia was expecting with their 290x which forced the release of the 780ti a mere 4-5 months after the 780 release, combined with massive price cuts across Nvidia's product lineup.
Thing's aren't quite so black and white and they don't make decisions just because it was structured that way last product cycle. There are other forces at play which have a FAR greater impact on how Nvidia will choose to position it's products.Edited by Aemonn - 1/27/16 at 6:32am