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NVIDIA's unveils its newest $50 entry level DX9 graphics card

NVIDIA today announced its latest entry-level graphics offering, the GeForce 7200 GS. The GeForce 7200 GS delivers Vista Premium Ready graphics performance at a low $50 price point. NVIDIA touts full support for DirectX 9.0, shader model 3.0 and high dynamic-range with the entry-level GeForce 7200 GS.

“Windows Vista, which benefits greatly from additional 3D performance, is gaining market share and mainstream applications such as Microsoft Maps, Google Picasso and iTunes are also starting to take advantage of 3D graphics,” Ujesh Desai, general manager of desktop GPUs, said. “By making a small investment in graphics performance, customers buying Vista PCs can go from an underwhelming experience to one that delivers exceptional performance and features.”

NVIDIA has severely crippled the G72 graphics core compared to its GeForce 7300-series, which uses the same core. The GeForce 7200 GS makes do with half the pipelines as the GeForce 7300 GS. This brings the total pixel pipelines to two, each with one texture unit. NVIDIA claims the GeForce 7200 GS delivers graphics performance that is 50% faster than integrated graphics solution. Strangely, AMD’s 690G integrated graphics chipset features four pixel pipelines, each with one texture unit.

PureVideo video processing is also supported; however, NVIDIA is unclear if the GeForce 7200 GS supports PureVideo HD for high-definition video decoding acceleration.

Add-in board manufacturers are free to equip GeForce 7200 GS graphics cards with 128MB or 256MB of DDR2 memory. NVIDIA recommends 800 MHz for GeForce 7200 GS graphics cards. The DDR2-800 memory attaches to the GPU via a 64-bit memory interface. NVIDIA clocks the GeForce 7200 GS GPU at 450 MHz.

GeForce 7200 GS based graphics cards will be available to OEMs, system builders and retail. NVIDIA add-in board partners with GeForce 7200 GS products include Albatron, ASUS, Biostar, ECS, EVGA, Foxconn, Galazy, Gigabyte, Innovision, Leadtek, MSI, Palit, Point of View, PNY Technology, SPARKLE, XFX, Zogis and Zotac.

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By knowom on 5/9/2007 2:14:28 AM , Rating: 3
Fifty percent faster than integrated graphics that's says a lot. Fifty percent faster than a snail get it while the get-tins good! I imagine if it supported SLI than it'd be a earth shattering 100% faster than integrated graphics all for only $100's it would sure PWN integrated gfx then huh!!

By otispunkmeyer on 5/9/2007 3:49:12 AM , Rating: 2
SLI 7200's = garbage lol

what a frivolous waste that would be. you even have to settle for sli over the PCI-E bus, but that shouldnt matter to much given the etch-a-sketch speed of these cards.

the only use for this is vista's aero interface, and even then you might as well have the intel x3000 or whatever.

By StevoLincolnite on 5/9/2007 5:31:45 AM , Rating: 2
I thought SLI 7300GT's would be lame, until I learn't a single 7300GT can be over clocked and reach near 7600GT speeds. And an over clocked sli config of 7300GT is more powerful than a single 7600GT and I can source them cheaper as well, Not to mention Nvidia is always improving its SLI thanks to they're drivers, And I should receive even more performance updates as time goes on.

By xsilver on 5/9/2007 9:29:02 AM , Rating: 2
for $100 you could probably pay a graphic artist to sketch with a pencil better and faster :P

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