As the launch of a product draws near, manufacturers [unintentionally or intentionally] tend to slip details which then get in hands of interested press and enthusiast community, sparkling a high number of debates on Internet forums.
ASUSTeK Computer China Leaks out details of the upcoming ENGTX580/2DI/1536M graphics card: GeForce GTX 580
There were a lot of rumors about the specifications of upcoming GTX 580, but a visit to now removed page on ASUS China site revealed the whole story. According to the manufacturer, the board ENGTX580/2DI/1536M is a non-overclocked part based on GF110 GPU clocked at 772MHz. Given that Fermi relies on a 2:1 clock ratio, 512 CUDA Cores tick at 1.54GHz. Given that nVidia did not change the memory controller [which we all agree would be too major of a step in an architectural refresh], 1.53GB of GDDR5 memory tick at 1,002MHz in Quad Data Rate mode, i.e. 4,008 million transfers per second result in video memory bandwidth of 192.4GB/s.
Chinese website lists price of 4799 Yuan, i.e. $718 or 512 Euro. However, even if you count that marketing speak of 1 Euro per CUDA Core is something nVidia would want to see on the bottom line, one of reasons for such high price is 17% Sales Tax. We doubt Customs duties are being paid, given that those boards are almost 100% certain manufactured in mainland China. Recommended retail price of $599 sounds more realistic, but we?ll know for sure once the product is finally revealed.