Looks like Q1'12 will be a lot more interesting for 3D benching. GTX480/580 has been around for too long now.
GK104 will be a high-performance (≠ high-end) GPU by NVIDIA that will have many of the features that were reserved for its previous high-end GPUs (such as a 384-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface), but will not be NVIDIA's most powerful GPU in the series. The throne will be kept empty for GK100, which will comply with NVIDIA's "go all in" design ideology for high-end GPUs.
3DCenter.org compiled a few specifications of the GK104 and GK100. They go like this:
- 640 to 768 CUDA cores
- 80 to 96 TMUs (depending on what the CUDA core count ends up being)
- 384-bit GDDR5 memory interface, 48 ROPs
- Built on the 28 nm TSMC process
- Products based on this will launch in the first quarter of 2012
- 1024 CUDA cores
- 128 TMUs
- 512-bit GDDR5 memory interface, 64 ROPs
If anything, this specifications disclosure is sure to have an impact on buyers saving up for AMD's HD 7900 series products that are heading toward launch on the 9th of January.