[citation][nom]Tomfreak[/nom]It is likely to have a Desktop Gaming card with the compute unit disabled. I dont see a reason for Nvidia NOT to launch a Gaming GK110 card. We will see GK110 coming out @ GTX770/780 series, while the GTX680 will likely to have change of shorter reference design like GTX670 and rebrand as GTX760 Ti. Typical Nvidia style.[/citation]
AMD does re-brands too and the every core in the GK110 is a compute oriented core designed for supreme DP performance. Theoretically, Nvidia could use the firmware/video BIOS to limit the DP performance, but that's not the same thing as what you said. Also, Nvidia doesn't re-brand high end cards.
[citation][nom]sykozis[/nom]If the rumors are true, it's TDP is 300watts.....which would go against nVidia's "performance per watt" claims..... It would in fact be the single most power hungry consumer graphics card ever produced. Due to the complexity of the processor, it's likely to be more expensive to produce a graphics card than what it cost to produce GTX690....Tesla isn't a workstation card... It's a compute card. It doesn't do graphics.[/citation]
Wrong, that would not destroy Nvidia's performance per watt claims because it would have huge performance per watt. If AMD were to release a 500w graphics card that has ten times more performance than the Radeon 7970, then it has more performance per watt than the 7970 does despite it using more power. For example, the GTX 690 is a 300w card, but it's probably one of the most power efficient graphics cards ever despite it having high power consumption. Also, 300w is not the most power hungry graphics card ever. The GTX 590 and the Radeon 6990 both have higher than 300w TDPs and beyond that, TDP does not translate directly into power usage anyway. Actual power usage is usually well under the TDP. For example, the Radeon 7970 has a TDP of 250w, but it usually doesn't go far over 190w to 200w during game play.