After a graphics cards series has been out for a while I have a feeling that the biggest challenge is not the adjustment of clock rates for each new addition but finding an unused letter combination. Certainly the new 7600 GS and 7300 LE aren’t breaking any new performance barriers but they have impressed on some linguistic ones.
Both models will have similar specs to the existing 7600 GT and 7300 GS models (for more on the 7600 GT see our review here) with the 7600 GS sporting 12 pipelines, a core running at 400MHz and 800MHz (effective) memory. Both support Shader Model 3.0, Intellisample 4.0 technology and HDR. 128bit and 64bit memory interfaces will be used respectively with the 7600 GS using DDR2 and the 7300 LE operating with TurboCache. The 7600 GS is SLI compatible while the 7300 LE is not.
nVidia has high hopes for the 7600 GS in particular as the reference card is silent running meaning a Media Centre target audience. It also fills the only major hole in the 7 series’ armour: that of the $129 to $149 price range and gives ATI’s X1600XT a significant challenger. As for the 7300 LE (above) this had previously only been available to system integrators and will bring H.264 playback to a new price low.
We’ve already had releases from XFX and Point of View announcing their own takes on these cards, though neither provided pricing which is a little irksome (we’ve asked for details). Obviously the 7600 GS is going to be around the $129 to $149 mark depending on memory configurations. As for the 7300 LE all we can say is it is going to be cheap, that’s cheap with a capital C.H.E.A.P. Five year olds could probably buy it with a week’s pocket money, students with 10 minutes worth of bar funds and even the odd Scotsman might possibly be enticed to part with a few pounds…
(In all seriousness, I’ll drop you a price update soon.)
We were exactly right on the 7600 GS pricing, though the LE is becoming rather a mystery...
Point of View was kind enough to get us a price for its 7300 LE: $69. Told you even a Scotsman could part with that kind of cash. A SCOTSMAN!