Reported at techpowerup and HardOCP hardware websites:
Apparently all kepler rumors were viral marketing lies spread to fend
off AMD 7900 sales.
sources:http://www.hardocp.com/news/2012/01/25/ ... ing_shillshttp://www.techpowerup.com/159503/NVIDI ... Forum.html
reported on other websites as well.
NVIDIA Engaged in PsyOps Against HD 7970: Chinese Forum
A lot has been said about NVIDIA's upcoming product with which it will
compete against AMD's Radeon HD 7900 series, except of course,
pictures, benchmarks, and so on. Chinese tech forum ChipHell accused
NVIDIA of deploying shills across forums to shape public opinion about
the already-launched HD 7900 series, towards waiting for NVIDIA's
competitive product, these include blind talk about imaginary
performance superiority, killer price, etc.
Chinese forums have recognized patterns in this spurt of anti-AMD and
pro-HD 7970 imaginary-competitor product posts and banned scores of
user accounts engaged in this activity. There's a very potent reason
why ChipHell's observations shouldn't be met with cynicism, or made
light of. In China, competing factions in the ever-ruling Communist
party have been known to use what is known as "the 50 cent army",
where for a pittance, scores of internet forum posters can be engaged
to perform coordinated PsyOps, to shape public opinion, and maintain
public support. It is only natural, then, that competing companies in
the extremely competitive Chinese domestic market resort to similar
tactics, including those distributing NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards,
or, as Chip Hell alleges, NVIDIA itself.
So far all the rumors are apparently lies.