NVIDIA goes one more with their G71 based GPU before moving to bigger and better things with G80 in the (hopefully) not too distant future. Today marks the launch of their new GeForce 7950GT graphics card.
This card is set to replace the 7900 GT (with plenty more performance to boot), and carries 24 pixel shader processors and eight vertex shader processors. The GPU clock speed is set at 550MHz and 512MBs of GDDR3 memory at 1400MHz.
With the NDA now removed, a bunch of websites are throwing up their take on this new addition to NVIDIA's GeForce lineup, as per the below linkies :-
I'll keep the list updated as more websites publish their coverage over the next 24 hrs.
THESE DAYS, VIDEO CARDS ARE like shark's teeth: one pops out, and another one moves up to take its place. The most recent GeForce to come loose is the 7900 GT; it was dislodged by last week's launch of the GeForce 7900 GS, which offers the same performance for about a hundred bucks less. The 7900 GT's demise leaves Nvidia with a hole it its lineup at around $299, and so the GeForce 7950 GT makes its debut today as the 7900 GT's replacement.
Like a host of GeForce 7900 and 7950 cards before it, the 7950 GT is based on the G71 graphics processor, which Nvidia has been milking like nobody's business. You can buy a whole line of graphics cards based on this chip situated at different price points, with performance finely attenuated to match-all the better to separate you from your money. The GeForce 7950 GT makes hitting that "submit" button at Newegg even easier because it promises substantially better performance than the 7900 GT it replaces.
Of course, this is a technology product we're talking about, so the decision about what to buy can never be simple. The GeForce 7950 GT's life is complicated by one very strong rival: the 256MB version of the Radeon X1900 XT that ATI introduced earlier this month. Like the 7950 GT, the X1900 XT 256MB is slated to go on sale at online retailers today. This new ATI card packs half the memory of the 7950 GT, but sports ATI's exceptionally powerful R580 GPU with a daunting 48 pixel shader processors. Oh, and the ATI card's price tag is a tad bit lower, too.