So the well publicised NDA is over, Spode is working his ever-so-enthusiastic little fingers to the bone readying a review and I’m here to give you a round up on nVidia’s fastest ever graphics card (opps, did I just spill the beans on all Spode’s hard work?).
To be fair, this deliberately evil slip of information isn’t really giving away too much since the GeForce 7950 GX2 isn’t really a standard product, but rather two high end GPUs slapped together on a single card.
Consequently, the stats – as you would expect – are pretty astonishing. With a 500MHz core clock speed and 600/1200MHz memory the combo card provides 48 pixel pipes, 16 vertex shaders, 76.8GBps of memory bandwidth and a fill rate of 24 billion texels per second, all using just one PCI Express slot. 1GB of GDDR3 VRAM also makes it onboard and there are 2x dual-link DVI ports enabling high def, widescreen flat panel displays that support resolutions of up to 2560 x 1600 to be strapped together for insane hardcore gaming action.
Hardware accelerated H.264 support, HDCP capability and support for Quad SLI capability (when eventually enabled by the drivers it should be stressed) all sweeten an already cavity inducing package. Third parties have left us suspiciously dry when we had expected to be joyfully showered by their offerings but let’s take a shufty at what is through so far:
From XFX we have the, what for it, GeForce 7950 GX2. To be fair this is just what we want to see in branding terms as it removes unnecessary confusion. The graphics card itself is just as straightforward since it doesn’t mess with any of the standard nVidia settings. A 599 euro price tag (around £369) is also highly reasonable considering the flagship nature of this product.
Not bundle details as yet, but its box does show us what Dame Edna Everage would look like if she were ever bitten by a werewolf.
Albatron has also kept its naming and specifications simple by refusing to fiddle with either. Less helpful, it chose not to divulge any bundle contents or give us a price but it did take the time to stick an Albratron logo on the card’s fan at the back. Good work guys!
Gainward is the last of the sociable trio today bringing us news of its BLISS 7950GX2 PCX which is a wonderful way of convoluting an already complex code name. Its description offers us beautifully cut and pasted text from nVidia’s original press release, gives away nothing about its bundle and chooses not to name a price. Cheers.
Remarkably, the likes of AOpen, Chaintech, Leadtek, MSI, Point of View and mercifully (given its traditionally hideous rebranding) Gigabyte have all stayed stum (a word which comes from the German phrase for silent movies: “Stum Film” if you were in the slightest bit interested?). I’ll pop back to update this story as and when these guys get their lazy asses out of bed and send us some box shots featuring predictably voluptuous Manga artwork.
It's wake up time today after Point of View and surprisingly Leadtek (which, contrary to extensive reports around the web, isn't pulling out the graphics card market) also announced 7950 GX2 cards.
Neither company chose to diddle with nVidia's specs or release bundle and pricing details, but Point of View does win a pat on the back for providing us with the prettiest picture montage.