As far as I'm concerned it's like this in my mind for any given architecture in the GTX family, or at least used to be:
- Gx100/110 - High end.
- Gx100/110 cut down - Mid-range.
- Gx104 - Low end.
Obviously prices of processes and R&D change, etcetera... but that's how i think about it.
To me what Nvidia did was pretty simple, they made an extra tier of chip starting from the bottom up. With the 500 series they made GF116-400 in the 550TI. The 600 series didn't even have a full chip, they used GK104 cut down to different degrees from the 680 all the way down to the 660.. This is when AMD really dropped the ball.
So from the 600 series forward, Nvidia (having a much stronger brand compared to their competition, and being able to deploy low-end chips to compete with AMD's high-end ones) were able to do the smart thing, which is make as much money as possible.
Cue the enthusiast segment, based on the chips that used to be sold in the high-end segment..
So from the 700 series to present we now have:
- Gx100/200/110 - Enthusiast. $$
- Gx104/204 - High-end. The 780 was the exception here.
- Gx104/204 cut - Mid-range.
- Gx106/107/206 - Low-end.
The 106/107/206 are complete garbage, and imo do not belong in the GTX family of products (They should be the in the GT family). They are the reason why mainstream consumers have had such poor products to choose from, and also why very few ever recommend them. It's best to save up more and get what these days are called "Mid-range".. All Nvidia did was put a class of chips that do not belong in the GTX family, and added the enthusiast segment in order to make the "low-end" - "High-end" segments far more lucrative. "It's just good business"
I guess what I'm saying is damn the 600 series... and their stupid "Boost".. Edited by GorillaSceptre - 6/21/16 at 1:22pm