Four months on from the release of the GTX 680, Nvidia still has a big, gaping hole in its GeForce 600 series. Older, 500-series models with 40-nm silicon continue to populate the $100-400 price range, as they have for the past year. Where are their replacements?
About a couple of weeks out, according to a story by Sweclockers. The Swedish site claims to have snagged some details about an upcoming GeForce GTX 660 Ti, which it expects to launch on August 16.
Sweclockers suggests the GTX 660 Ti will be virtually identical to the GeForce GTX 670 in all but one respect: its path to memory will be 192 bits wide instead of 256 bits. If my math is right, the narrower memory interface should reduce bandwidth from 192.2GB/s to about 144.2GB/s. The GTX 660 Ti is also expected to have a tighter power envelope—150W instead of 170W.
Sweclockers expects the GeForce GTX 660 Ti to retail for 3,000 Swedish Kronors. Since the GTX 670 apparently sells for around 3,600 SEK, that would make the newcomer about 17% cheaper. Subtract the same difference from the GTx 670's U.S. price tag (around $400), and we end up with a possible asking price of around $330 for the GTX 660 Ti. That's probably not cheap enough to make the card into a mid-range value king, but it should still be nice to have a less expensive Kepler option at the high end of the market.
In related news, the folks at Expreview over in China have posted pictures of what they claim to be the cooler from an EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti. As far as I can tell, the cooler looks an awful lot like what EVGA straps to its GeForce GTX 670. If the two cards have the same GK104 silicon, which seems likely if their specs are almost identical, then I suppose that isn't entirely surprising.
Also, Turkish site DonanimHaber reports that the existing GeForce GTX 550 and GTX 560 are about to reach end-of-life status. I'm having trouble making sense of the Google translation, but the site clearly refers to upcoming GeForce GTX 660 and GTX 650 models. DonanimHaber seems to be saying those two cards will feature GK106 and GK107 silicon, respectively, while the GTX 660 Ti will feature a hobbled version of the GK104.