Gaiward seems to be the culprit revealing Nvidia’s “secret”
A GeForce GTX 670 graphics card reportedly became available for pre-order in the Philippines. It’s made by Gainward and the price is around 470 USD. That is around 355 EUR for European buyers.While this may look like a good deal for the dwellers from the old continent, the American buyers might actually go for the GeForce GTX 680 flagship for 9% more money.
The pre-order prices are always much higher than the launch prices and subsequent mass shipments that come with the first discounts. The online shop vows they’ll return any price difference between the pre-order price and the launch price.
For those who don’t know, the GeForce GTX 670 card is based on salvaged Nvidia GX104 GPUs. These are GPU’s with malfunctioning units or chips that don’t clock up to Nvidia’s reference GTX 680 clocks.
Therefore, the non-working units are disabled and the working frequency is lowered. This way, the GPU gets sold at a lower price instead of being tossed in the trashbin.