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New GeForce 7100GS, 7900GS and 7950GT

NVIDIA is set to release three new products in the coming weeks to do battle with ATI during the holiday season. This time around NVIDIA is launching new mid-range and entry level offerings to take on ATI’s recently launched Radeon X1300XT, X1650 Pro, X1900XT 256MB, X1950XTX and X1950 CrossFire. NVIDIA’s new offerings arrive in the form of the GeForce 7100GS, 7900GS and 7950GT.

At the entry level side of things NVIDIA is replacing its GeForce 6200TC with a new GeForce 7100GS. The G72 based 7100GS retains Turbo Cache support like the GeForce 6200TC it replaces. There will be 128MB of onboard memory which translates into 512MB effective memory with NVIDIA’s Turbo Cache technology. The GeForce 7100GS is also backed by a 64-bit memory interface with compatibility with DDR2 memory. Four pixel shader units are available on the GeForce 7100GS. Core clock of the GeForce 7100GS is set at a rather conservative 350 MHz. NVIDIA SLI and PureVideo technologies are supported by the GeForce 7100GS, though it lacks the SLI bridge connector.

Moving up is the retail NVIDIA GeForce 7900GS. Previously the GeForce 7900GS was only available as an OEM offering from system manufacturers such as Dell. Woot also had OEM versions of the MSI GeForce 7900GS for sale at $139 a pop a couple days ago as well. Specifications for the retail GeForce 7900GS are identical to the OEM versions. A 450 MHz core clock is joined by a 1.32 GHz memory clock. It’s also equipped with 20 pixel shader units and 256MB of graphics memory. Support for HDCP is dependant on individual graphics card manufacturers.

Dell has been selling the 7900GS in its XPS systems for some time, but you cannot buy the cards individually.

At the upper spectrum of NVIDIA’s mid-range lineup is the GeForce 7950GT. Sporting a 550 MHz core clock and 1.4 GHz memory clock the GeForce 7950GT is a successor to the previous GeForce 7900GT. Memory size has increased to 512MB with the GeForce 7950GT., The GeForce 7950GT will also have 24 pixel shader units like the previous GeForce 7900GT. HDCP compliance and dual dual-link DVI outputs are standard on all GeForce 7950GT cards as well.

SLI technology is supported on the GeForce 7900GS and 7950GT. Availability of GeForce 7100GS, 7900GS and 7950GT cards are expected in the first half of September for for less than $100, $199 and $299 respectively.

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RE: G80...
By RussianSensation on 8/25/2006 4:02:34 PM , Rating: 3
Yes but...take 9700Pro for example, the first 9.0 card. It was a really fast card for its time and even 9800Pro was not worth the upgrade from 9700pro. It was 2x faster than geforce 4 when it got released and was still faster than the 6 months late 5800 series. It wasn't amazing for later DX9 games, you are right, but it still delivered 1024x768 doom 3 experience and ate all the DX8.1 games for breakfast.

In fact with R600 being a unified shader tech, should make it a lot faster in all current DX9 titles and still be good enough for early DX10 titles. Whether or not DX10 titles will take a year or longer as with DX9 titles remains to be seen, but remember that next gen cards will be probably 2x faster in all new dx9 graphics heavy titles such as U2k7, ET: Quake Wars, Crysis and COD3 where 7900 and x1900 series will start to struggle.

RE: G80...
By hadifa on 8/25/2006 7:16:30 PM , Rating: 2
I second that.

9700 pro was a sweet, sweet card. It was amazing from the beginning and it kept improving by driver releases.

RE: G80...
By sxr7171 on 8/25/2006 10:31:18 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah 9700pro was a sick card. I almost regret selling mine, that thing was the best. It really put ATI back on the map at a time when it seemed that nVidia was going to make a 3DFX out of them.

RE: G80...
By Hare on 8/26/2006 5:33:00 AM , Rating: 2
Dont' forget the 9500 cards with 9700 pcb. Easy to mod to 9700. Can't beat the value. I also had a 9700, great card.

Hard to imagine seeing another leap like the one with 9700 (GeForce4 -> 9700).

RE: G80...
By Jedi2155 on 8/26/2006 5:34:41 PM , Rating: 2
I can't agree more, I had a 9700 pro for almost 3 years before I finally succumbed to the upgrade urge.

RE: G80...
By mykelu on 9/3/2006 1:09:43 AM , Rating: 3
Crysis will use DX10 by the way, so next gen cards will make the game look shinier ;D

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