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Athlon FX and Intel Extreme Edition processors never looked so affordable

A few weeks ago we alluded to a single slot, quad-SLI ready GeForce 7900 adaptor.  According to several manufacturers, the card is ready.  The 7900GX2 is expected to be a dual slot, dual GeForce 7900GTX card with 1024MB of DDR3 specifically for quad-SLI. 

A German manufacturer accidentally leaked the card prices and specifications early with a jaw dropping $1,000 price tag per card.  To game "the way it was meant to be played" with the GeForce 7900GX2 would mean conservatively paying $2,000 for video hardware alone.  The German website claims GeForce 7900GX2 will have a 650MHz core clock with a 1600MHz memory clock, but our sources have indicated the card will actually have slightly lower clocks. 

Tier 1 manufacturers have confirmed with us that allocation for cards is limited to 100 pieces per manufacturer per week.  We will see the official embargo for 7900GX2 lift within one week.

Update 03/16/2006: We originally published a figure of $4,000 USD for a quad SLI setup.  The real figure should be $2,000.

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SLI needed?
By littlebitstrouds on 3/16/2006 1:26:39 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe a little research could solve this for me but why not just post it... Would you need an SLI motherboard to run just one of these since the SLI (dual gpu's) aspect is "handled" by the video card? Or could I throw this in my single slot PCI-Express slot and get SLI performance?

And to chime in on the cost... it's actually not that bad if $2000 gets you a 4 card SLI setup. I am surprised we don't have to pay for the "premium" of having this.

RE: SLI needed?
By scruffypup on 3/16/2006 1:36:07 PM , Rating: 2
Actually $2000 is bad considering you can go with ati 1900 for around $600 and get similar performance,... SLI won't give much added performance for an additional $1000,...

RE: SLI needed?
By littlebitstrouds on 3/16/2006 1:44:06 PM , Rating: 2
Bah... you can argue that the 1900 is a better card then a solo'd 7900 but you cant tell me that a 1900 can hold up to sli'd 7900... And 1900 doesn't offer quad-gpu capabilities. What we're looking at is a hardcore product that only a few will have, which, they could have probably charged more for if you consider that $500 for each 7900 gpu would be about the same price and we're not paying for them shrink this design to to a 2-slot arangement.

RE: SLI needed?
By scruffypup on 3/16/2006 1:56:54 PM , Rating: 2
1900 in crossfire with new rd580 chipset would be better and cheaper than 7900 sli,... either way I wouldnt spend 2x the money on either for crossfire or sli to receive on average 40% more performance,...

RE: SLI needed?
By ogreslayer on 3/16/2006 2:58:20 PM , Rating: 2
it actually isn't 7900gtx run for ~$499-599

a crossfire edition 1900 is ~$569-599
and a 1900xtx goes for ~$499-629

and MB are virutally the same in price

quad sli we'll say is ~$2000-3000

to top all that off the 7900gtx and the x1900xtx are a wash its a game of back and forth between resolutions ,AA, and AF

the setup isn't targeted at normal gamers its targeted at the wealthy and speed freaks who want bragging rights and the best system possible

and truthfully with the price per gpu you pay at the high-end $1000 a card is not a bad deal

RE: SLI needed?
By Rock Hydra on 3/16/2006 1:38:17 PM , Rating: 2
This is only a guess, but I'm thinking nVIDIA would include a chipset on the card itself to handle traffic between the CPUs and through to the chipset on the motherboard.

RE: SLI needed?
By scruffypup on 3/16/2006 2:00:54 PM , Rating: 2
A SLI motherboard is needed for SLI to work,... carries an average of $50 premium to a motherboard to add that capabilities

RE: SLI needed?
By scruffypup on 3/16/2006 2:01:31 PM , Rating: 2
Unless you are running just one of course,... then it dont matter

RE: SLI needed?
By scruffypup on 3/16/2006 2:09:21 PM , Rating: 2
I am switching between tv, phone and 7 websites,... so let me clear up last posts,... SLI performance on average is 40%,...and will only give you that if you have both cards and a SLI capable motherboard,... for a single card you can put it in any motherboard, regardless if ati or nvidia based chipset on motherboard,... won't give you any additional performance than just the card (no sli capabilities as that is strictly for the two cards working in conjunction to one monitor type of situation)

RE: SLI needed?
By stupid on 3/16/2006 2:56:04 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure there must be a few hardcore gamers out there who are just salivating over these cards, and won't stop to think about dropping $2k from a pair of them. Fortunately I am not one of them.

Suffice it to say that I'll be more than happy with a 7900GT or whatever $300 - $350 DirectX 10 card will be available when I upgrade my PC. That should last a good 3 years for my lite gaming needs.

RE: SLI needed?
By bob661 on 3/16/2006 5:46:06 PM , Rating: 2
That should last a good 3 years for my lite gaming needs.
I used to upgrade like that but since I make more loot, I've been upgrading my video card every 1-1.5 years.

By nordicpc on 3/16/2006 12:29:30 PM , Rating: 2
That should be $2000, not $4000. You'll only need two of the dual-card GX2's.

RE: Error
By poohbear on 3/16/2006 12:31:03 PM , Rating: 2
rofl, oh, well since it's only $2000 that makes it so much more attractive to drop my money on it.:0

RE: Error
By NagoyaX on 3/16/2006 1:11:59 PM , Rating: 2
Lol I know what you mean, i pretty much given up on PC gaming and gone the way of concoles... A Xbox 360 and a PS3 will cost me way less then chaing my vid card 1-2 times every 2-3 years to good graphics...

ne ways the way that a 360 is made FPS arent bad on it but nothing turly beats a comp if u want to dish out the $$

RE: Error
By Exodus220 on 3/16/2006 1:48:12 PM , Rating: 2
I am following suit. I dont' really play my PC all that much so there is not much of a reason to have a 7800GT, so I am selling that and sticking with my integrated graphics. sure it will suck for games but I am going to stick with my PS2 for gaming and then worry about the PS3 when I can afford that. Console gaming is much easier for me and my PS2 never crashes on me like my PC seems to do more often than I care to admit. Sure it may be my fault my PC crashes but I just don't need to game on it anymore.
And if the only thing the PC has to offer are FPS and I don't really care for those then I don't have anything to complain about in selling my nice card...although I guess it isn't so great now that others have trounced it.

RE: Error
By mxzrider2 on 3/16/2006 6:28:34 PM , Rating: 2
psst i have moved from playing only consoles to strictly pcs. for one i can custom talor anypart of my system to what game i want to play easily. 2 the controllers for consoles havent keept up with my growning hands. the n64 controller was the best. 3 i can play games from all consoles ( cept nintendo first parties) as they are almost always ported. 4 if i want to play a game that is a newer generation most of the time i dont have to buy new hardware. like a game that only works on xb360 not regular xbox or dont have to got to a different piece of hard ware to play old games, like if i wanted to play like diablo 2 or hl1 non source.

RE: Error
By bob661 on 3/16/2006 1:17:22 PM , Rating: 2
If I could afford it, I'd do it.

another 7800GTX 512?
By Fenixgoon on 3/16/2006 1:51:57 PM , Rating: 2
these cards are for ultra hardcore gamers... are they really going to exist, ever? seems quite a plunge for an incredibly small group

no way i'd ever pay more than $200 for a card, and i don't think i ever will.

RE: another 7800GTX 512?
By 3zpe95dh879 on 3/16/2006 3:16:45 PM , Rating: 5
Bender: "Hello, peasants."
Leela: "Bender, what happened to you?"
Fry: "Yeah, you look different. Did you get a haircut?"
Bender: "No. I sold my body!"
Farnsworth: "Sold your body?! Oh, Bender, I've been down that road. I know it's glamorous and the LAN-parties are great, but you'll end up spending every dollar you make on 7800GTX 512 and 7900GX2."

By SunAngel on 3/16/2006 7:46:20 PM , Rating: 2
Is it just you or me, but in your home you conserve electricity, in mine everyone says f[u]ck it. Two cards have to be pulling 500 watts an hour. Do the math,
500 watts @ 24 hous @ 31 days x .075 / 1000 = $? They leave the pc on 24/7 excluding leap year day, then its turned off for maintenance.

By Jedix123 on 3/16/2006 8:49:22 PM , Rating: 2
Don't forget setting up a phase change evaporater to cool your setup that draws 5000 W.

By spwrozek on 3/16/2006 8:49:28 PM , Rating: 2
Well Location plays a key role into my bill. The UP of Michigan is expensive as crap. 2 bedroom apt with 2 computers on 24/7 is 80 bucks a month.

By aguilpa1 on 3/17/2006 8:32:28 AM , Rating: 2
No, I think thats a way overestimate, I think Anand does a Watt rating on video cards along with his review and the 7900's draw less power than the 7800's because of die shrink and I don't exactly remember but its like 200W or so only at full load.

No one would ever be gaming 24hrs a day with GPUs at full load.

I would guess each card to draws less Watts than a two card SLI setup.

By spwrozek on 3/16/2006 4:43:42 PM , Rating: 2
You think they could have come up with something different then 7900GX2 since AMD has the X2 series of CPUs. I guess it is no big deal but it seems like they are lacking creativity.

Anyone who pays that much for a card is crazy btw. My x800 will play every game on the market. Sure I have to turn down the graphics but the games still look and play great. $1000 is just ridiculous.

RE: name
By abhaxus on 3/16/2006 5:52:16 PM , Rating: 2
i'd put one in my PC... i went with the asrock 939dual when i upgraded so I could keep my X800XL in an agp slot and still have a pci-e upgrade path. If and when these 7900GX2 cards drop to the 700-800 range I would consider upgrading depending on where the next generation of cards sits.

RE: name
By KaerfSusej on 3/16/2006 6:09:53 PM , Rating: 2
LOL, my X300 (yes, ATI's worst PCIe dedicated card) plays HL2 at 1280x1024 on medium settings fine. Thankfully the one game I got for it is designed to work well with ATI cards ;)

hell yea, I'm gettin one...or two.
By aguilpa1 on 3/16/06, Rating: 0
By poohbear on 3/16/2006 12:29:37 PM , Rating: 1
this is just getting absurd, $4000 for video hardware ALONE?! man, seems like the filthy rich have some hardcore gamers among em.:0

By tjr508 on 3/17/2006 12:05:57 AM , Rating: 4
Be sure and tell us where this dumpster is =)

By nrb on 3/16/2006 12:28:59 PM , Rating: 2
If the card has 1024MB on it, that presumably means it also contains two GPUs (512MB of memory each) and you get quad SLI by buying two cards and placing each in a x16 PCI-express slot on a suitable motherboard. So that would be $2000 on video hardware, not $4000.

RE: $4000?
By aguilpa1 on 3/16/2006 12:33:16 PM , Rating: 2
yup, its just $2,000 but wouldn't it be sweet to go all out and dump $2,000 grand on a dual CPU system with two water cooled - overclocked dual core Opterons running these babies...woo hooo, I'm salivating, not to mention the boner...

All hail the comeback of 3dfx!
By Howard on 3/16/2006 12:43:31 PM , Rating: 2
Wonder how long the card'll be...

RE: All hail the comeback of 3dfx!
By brownba on 3/16/2006 1:23:02 PM , Rating: 2
I thought about that too....
but surely nvidia has learned from others mistakes.
we all know how long 3dfx lasted once they resorted to more chips per board for increased performance.

nVidia vs Futuremark
By Assimilator87 on 3/16/2006 12:44:25 PM , Rating: 2
I bet Futuremark is pissed at nVidia because they keep making solutions to make the benchmark obsolete.

RE: nVidia vs Futuremark
By kalgriffen on 3/16/2006 3:09:38 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, I believe Futuremark would be pleased because it gives them an excuse to make a new product every year or so.

dont get it
By albundee on 3/16/06, Rating: 0
RE: dont get it
By Assimilator87 on 3/16/2006 12:39:34 PM , Rating: 2
Actually $1,000 for a dual 7900 GTX card is a better deal than SLI because it's the same price, but the performance is slightly better because there is latency for the crosstalk between GPUs.

ATM here I come
By sircuit on 3/16/2006 3:35:44 PM , Rating: 2
I'll be sure to get one of these after stealing some cash from the local ATM. Anyone want to help out? Split it 50/50.. :p

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