Over the past month or so, there has been a low murmuring on the Internet that NVIDIA might release a GeForce 700 series graphics card, GTX 780 maybe, but new information suggests something altogether different.
The newer rumor is that a cheaper variant of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan will make its appearance, one with a cut-down version of the GK110 graphics chip.
The software called HWiNFO revealed this, in a changelog that says it will support both the GK208 based mobile GPUs and the GK110 based GTX Titan LE.
The folks at SweClockers were the ones to spot the log, and they surmised that GTX Titan LE would be a cheaper and slower version of the original.
We suppose the LE stands for Limited Edition, though it would be a bizarre thing. The original GTX Titan was supposed to be, itself, a limited rum of around 1,000 units.
In any case, the modified GTX Titan LE would have 2,496 CUDA cores and a memory interface of 320 bits for the 5 GB of GDDR5 VRAM.
For the sake of comparison, the full one has 2,688 CUDA cores, 6 GB of memory and an interface of 384 bits.
Overall, the GTX Titan LE should perform somewhere between GTX Titan and the GTX 680 or maybe the GTX 690 dual-chip.
We will have to wait and see, though we aren't sure for how long. While we are pretty sure the launch won't happen later than the third quarter of the year (2013), there is no launch date anywhere.
Here is the HWiNFO changelog, for those who want a first-hand view of the so-called proof:
Added support of additional CHiL/IR VRs on GPU.
Fixed enumeration of GPUs disabled by nVidia Optimus.
Fixed freezing of Synaptics SMBus touchpads on Intel chipsets.
Merged and rearranged nVidia Internal GPU sensor with NVAPI.
Added AMD Radeon HD 7790.
Added nVidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost.
Added monitoring of D3D Usage on AMD, nVidia and Intel GPUs (covers Direct3D only).
Improved enumeration of RAID arrays, added RAID status reporting.
Enhanced sensor monitoring on nVidia nForce 790i reference mainboards (Zotac, EVGA, XFX, etc).
Enhanced support of AMD GCN2 family GPUs.
Added monitoring support for On Semi NCP81022 on GPU.
Added nVidia GF119 models: GeForce 705M.
Added nVidia GK104 models: Quadro K2 USM, Tesla K2 USM, GRID K520, GeForce K2 USM, NVS K2 USM.
Added nVidia GK106 models: GeForce GTX 760M, 765M, 770M.
Added nVidia GK107 models: Tesla K1 USM, Quadro K1 USM, GeForce GT 740M, 745M, 750M, GeForce K340 USM, NVS K1 USM, GRID K340, NVS 1000.
Added nVidia GK110 models: GeForce GTX Titan LE, Tesla K20, Tesla K20X.
Added nVidia GK208 models: GeForce GT 730M, 735M, 740M.
GeForce GTX Titan LE, NVIDIA's Newest Project
It will be based on a cut-down version of the GK110 GPU
... so hot right now