- Feb 21, 2007
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|Processor||I7 2700K @ 4.60Ghz HT ON [1.27v]|
|Cooling||Noctua NH-D14 + 3 x GT 1450RPM|
|Memory||2 x 4GB G.Skill Sniper 1600Mhz 1.25v|
|Video Card(s)||Sapphire AMD HD7970 + Accelero 7970|
|Storage||Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB + Corsair F3 GT 180GB|
|Display(s)||Samsung LED 3D S23A700D|
|Case||Antec Twelve Hundred|
|Audio Device(s)||Sound Blasted Recon3Di (On board)|
|Power Supply||Seasonic M12 II 750W [Bronze]|
GK104 was originally designed to be used in mainstream gaming cards. When 7970 didn't perform as nvidia speculated, they saw an opportunity to cut some costs. Since GK104 was good enough to beat 7970, nvidia released it as GTX 680 and delayed the real 680 (GK110).
Gaming is not the only market of these flagship GPUs. Computing also brings in significant revenue. Looking at these specs , I don't think 8970 can beat GK110 in computing.
They only released the GK104 because of the well known manufacture problems of TSMC (the yields weren't high enough), if NVIDIA could they would have sold the GK110 for a premium price (800-900 u$d like the GTX 690 or 8800 Ultra) without hurting the sells of the GK104.
In fact i believe the GK104 came after the 79x0 because they had to implement the Turbo Boost, clock for clock they couldn't compete with the 79x0 then and they can't compete now.