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NVIDIA pushes its next generation architecture into the mainstream

NVIDIA has another hard launch under their belts with the release of the GeForce 7300 GS. The 7300 GS is the first 90 nanometer GPU from NVIDIA. The new part has all of the core functionality of its more expensive 7800 GTX and 7800 GT counterparts including Shader Model 3.0 and support for PureVideo. 

Considering that this is NVIDIA's lower-end part, some consessions had to be made. The 7300 GS only features 4 pixel pipelines and 3 vertex shaders. SLI support is also not a part of the equation for launch, but it may very well show up in future iterations of the GPU.

Here are the specs for NVIDIA's reference design:

  • Engine clock: 550MHz

  • Memory clock: 700MHz

  • Memory interface: 64-bit

  • Memory size: 128MB/256MB, 256MB/512MB (Physical/TurboCache-enabled)

GeForce 7300 GS based graphics cards are shipping now in the Asia-Pacific region.  The United States will see availability in early Februrary with an estimated street price of around $99.

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By Aisengard on 1/18/2006 1:00:10 PM , Rating: 2
For $99, this is a steal.

RE: wow
By tfranzese on 1/18/2006 1:44:54 PM , Rating: 2
compared to what?

RE: wow
By AkumaX on 1/18/2006 2:08:18 PM , Rating: 2
exactly, we need benchies stat!

RE: wow
By Xenoterranos on 1/19/2006 12:11:07 AM , Rating: 2
My GeForce 3...

By DarkForceRising on 1/18/2006 2:57:14 PM , Rating: 2
Anybody have any idea what the last card with 4 pixel pipelines was? I was just wondering.

RE: Comparison
By kalaap on 1/18/2006 3:14:42 PM , Rating: 2
the x1300 is 4 also according to anandtech's brief overview

$99 seem high and pretty weak for the price
By rqle on 1/18/2006 4:58:56 PM , Rating: 2
$99 seem high for a 4-pipe card, should go down. x800GTO is going for around $100 with 12pixelpipe. May be missing some feature though. well, even the basic 6800 is only a little more and it pretty similar to in feature and should be faster.

By BladeVenom on 1/18/2006 5:29:14 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, low end PCI-Express cards are just too expensive for how little you get.

Hard launch?
By JarredWalton on 1/18/2006 7:25:51 PM , Rating: 3
Not unless you live in Asia, according to Derek:

I've poked around a bit and can't find any for US markets, so no big deal. Maybe someone will send me a 7300 GS to compare with X1300? :p

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