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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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Anh Huynh or anyone else at DT
By Chillin1248 on 8/25/2006 8:24:26 PM , Rating: 4
Can the good people at DT please show how Nvidia and ATI want their retail lineup to look now, because right now I am finding the following cards for sale/to be sold:

7100 GS
7300 SE
7300 LE
7300 GS
7300 GT
7500 LE
7600 LE
7600 GS
7600 GST
7600 GT
7800 SE (OEM?)
7800 LE (OEM?)
7800 XT (OEM?)
7800 GS
7800 ZT (OEM?)
7800 LT (OEM?)
7800 GT
7800 GTX
7800 GTX (Ultra) 512MB
7800 GX2
7900 GS
7900 GT
7900 GTO
7950 GT
7900 GTX
7900 GX2
7950 GX2

Also over at ATIs side:

X1300 Pro
X1300 XT
X1600 Pro
X1600 XT
X1650 Pro
X1650 XT
X1800 GTO
X1800 XL
X1800 XT
X1800 Crossfire Edition
X1900 GT
X1900 Pro
X1900 AIW
X1900 XT 256MB
X1900 XT 512MB
X1900 XTX
X1950 XT
X1950 XTX
X1900 Crossfire Edition
X1950 Crossfire Edition

And it is getting quite squishy up here, I mean a lot of these cards conflict with each others price points and it is getting really confusing to sort this out.

RE: Anh Huynh or anyone else at DT
By shabby on 8/25/2006 10:37:29 PM , Rating: 2
You're forgetting that a lot of those cards are phased out, i dont think the x1800 and 7800 series is even made anymore.

RE: Anh Huynh or anyone else at DT
By jordanclock on 8/26/2006 1:50:18 AM , Rating: 1
The 7800 and X1800 series are very much still made. I would venture to say more of those are made than the higher end 7900/X1900. It's a simple matter of supply and demand. It's easier to make the lower end GPUs (which are bought more) than the higher end. I mean, Dell, HP, Gateway, etc. generally don't put out large numbers of computers with anything more powerful than mid-range, and low-cost, low-performance is still the most populous of cards amongst pre-builts.

By OvErHeAtInG on 8/26/2006 12:35:57 PM , Rating: 2
It's easier to make the lower end GPUs (which are bought more) than the higher end.

That's precisely why the X1800XT has been phased out, and is probably no longer in prod... The X1900 GT performs almost as well, and is cheaper to make. Similarly, the 7900 GT performs better than a 7800 GTX and is far less expensive - so why would they still manufacture it?

RE: Anh Huynh or anyone else at DT
By Doormat on 8/25/2006 10:37:45 PM , Rating: 2
Indeed... I'm trying to figure out what PCIE card I am going to buy to go with my Conroe rig next month and I'm looking at everything from an x1650 to a 7900GS.

RE: Anh Huynh or anyone else at DT
By Sharky974 on 8/26/2006 5:16:29 AM , Rating: 3
No, many of those are NOT being made anymore. 7800 series, X1800 series, etc.

Why would Nvidia still make 7800 cards? They're on 130 nm process. 7900 are on 90nm. 7800 are basically the same design, but cost a lot more and burn more heat and power than the same card in a 7900 would, and cant clock anywhere near as high either. Makes no sense.

You still see them for sale only because there is a lot of backlogged inventory still out there. Same with ATI's old cards. Ati generally only manufactors 5 cards at a time I believe, as they divide the market into five segments (aka high end segment, mainstream performance segment, names like that). High end would be the X1950XTX, mainstream performance the X1900GT, and so on. Nvidia does something similar I'm sure. Right now I cant lay out exactly what cards fit in what segment because both companies just re-jiggered their lineups and I'm not familiar with them yet.

By coldpower27 on 8/29/2006 4:56:59 PM , Rating: 2
To me there is only 3 segments, though I guess you can call ATI having 5 different cores now.

R580 is the highest tier
RV535 80nm shrink of RV530
RV505 80nm shrink of RV515

Nvidia only has 3 cores.

G71 High End
G73 Mainstream
G72 Low End

RE: Anh Huynh or anyone else at DT
By JaredExtreme on 8/26/2006 11:59:10 AM , Rating: 2
I hope ATI keeps adding more "X"'es to their products, it's really cool !

(this coming from an ATI user) ;)

RE: Anh Huynh or anyone else at DT
By OvErHeAtInG on 8/26/2006 12:39:01 PM , Rating: 3
This also comes from an ATI user... they have to stop with the X's already. :p Remember when it was just Radeon 8500? Or better yet Geforce 3? That was cool. Names are now far too long.

RE: Anh Huynh or anyone else at DT
By JNo on 8/26/2006 2:32:41 PM , Rating: 1
um... heard of sarcasm?

By kingpotnoodle on 8/27/2006 2:04:56 AM , Rating: 3
Its completely mad... how the hell is anyone supposed to work it out?

Can't they just stick to numbers at least, say the 7900, 7910, 7920 etc etc

There is plenty of numbers there to use!!

At least then we'd know higher number = better performance. Easier to shop...

Personally though, if they don't, I'll save for a X7950GX2GT... And nobody will know what the hell I have...

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