Originally Posted by Megasty
If they do that then its great...but are they going to charge the same for it like when ATI changed the failing X1800s for the X1900s, or will it be a new card altogether. Completely replacing the 260 with this one would work if it doesn't have a price premium. But I can see all kinds of confusion occurring if the regular 260 is available while this is.
X1900s price was significantly higher, at least here. But again, it was not Ati's fault.
Confusion will only occur if the card has the same name. We don't know the name, we just know what a confusing article said in one site. As I said before, I remember very well how many sites (I think Expreview was one of them) presented the 9600GT as a cut down version of g92, because it had many things in common. It's very common to do such things, it's like:
-Ey dude, I bought an sports car.
-The McLaren F1.
-I don't know it.
-It's like a Saleen S7, but with...
But that doesn't mean it is literally identical. This new card will be like the GTX260, but with one more cluster. So semantically it does make sense to present it like a GTX260 with one more cluster (or a GTX280 with one less), (edited->) instead of "A new GT200 based chip with 9 TPC clusters, x ROP partitions, xxx mhz, etc.". And it will be the same chips that are going to be selected as the "GTX260+" instead of GTX260 (I suppose both chips won't coexist), but that doesn't mean they will have the same name.
Again we don't know anything really. I replied because I think many people were taking conclusions out of some news that, well, are far from being conclusive.