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NVIDIA adds two new mainstream cards

NVIDIA has announced two new mainstream graphics cards today. TheGeForce 7300 LE and 7600 GS are based on 90 nanometer technology and feature all the benefits of the GeForce 7 family including:
  • Full support for Microsoft's (delayed again) Windows Vista operating system
  • H.264 hardware accelerated support through NVIDIA PureVideo technology
  • Full support for Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 3.0
The 7600 GS is basically the same chip architecture as the recently introduced GeForce 7600 GT. The only difference is that the 7600 GS features a lower core/memory clock and a passive cooling solution which makes it a prime candidate for the HTPC market:


GeForce 7600 GS
GeForce 7600 GT
Architecture G73 G73
Process Technology 90 nm 90 nm
Number of Transistors 177 Million 177 Million
Pixel Pipelines 12 12
Core Clock
400MHz
560MHz
Fillrate
4.8 Gigapixels / sec.
6.7 Gigapixels / sec.
Memory Clock
400MHz/800MHz DDR
700MHz/1.4GHz DDR
Memory Bandwidth
12.8 GB/s
22.4 GB/s
Vertex Units 5 Vertex Units 5 Vertex Units
Peak Power Consumption 32W 67 W


Legit Reviews has already posted its review of the 7600 GS complete with benchmarks (single-card and SLI mode) pitting it against an ATI Radeon X1600 Pro.

In addition to the price point, users will find the GeForce 7600 GS to be an excellent match for Windows Media Center Edition system configurations with its passive cooling, and PureVideo MPEG-2 HD/SD and H.264 decode acceleration. We heard NVIDIA say that this was "The Ultimate Multimedia Solution" so many times we are still having dreams about it, but it might just be true.  Using an HDCP-ready 7600 Series graphics card, users can playback HDCP-protected content to HDCP-capable monitors. HDCP versions of GeForce 7600 GS and 7600 GT graphics boards should be available from various board vendors in the near future.

The 7600 GS cards are expected to be priced between $130 - $150. The 7300 LE is expected to be priced between $50 - $70. Gigabyte has already announced its 7600 GS-based GV-NX76G256D-RH which will be released in April.




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