NVIDIA's 7600GT reference design

NVIDIA's new 6600GT pin compatible component shows its face

Earlier today we reported about NVIDIA's new GeForce 7900GT -- the 90nm die shrink from GeForce 7800GT. As great as high end components are, the largest battles between ATI and NVIDIA will be fought on the mid-range.  GeForce 6600GT, NVIDIA's best selling GPU of all time, is getting a little long in the tooth.  NVIDIA deserves some well deserved credit for the foresight to keep GeForce 6600GT and 7600GT pin compatible. 

Due to the maturity of GeForce 6600GT, many manufacturers have added several features to the PCBs.  These features will also appear on GeForce 7600GT. Some manufacturers have told us that boards and final products have been ready to ship for several months but NVIDIA has held off on launch. No details were given as to why. Compared to the new GeForce 7900GT, the reference design for the GeForce 7600GT doesn't seem to support the same audio 4-pin lead but rather has a 2-pin SPDIF connector near the bottom of the card.

Quick specifications for GeForce 7600GT from NVIDIA documents:
  • PCIe native
  • 560MHz core frequency
  • 128-bit memory interface
  • 20.2GB/sec. memory bandwidth
  • 7B pixels/sec. fill rate
  • 730M vertices/sec.
  • 12 pixels per cycle
  • Built in dual-link DVI support for 2560x1600 resolution
More to come.

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