Today sees the launch of two new nVidia products. No, it's not G80 just yet, but instead just a realignment of the current line up, using current generation parts. If you weren't already confused by the differences between the 7900 GT, 7900 GTX and 7950 GX2, say hello to the 7900 GS and 7950 GT.
Obviously we'll be look at these in detail quite soon, but as today is the official launch and Gordon is busy at IFA, a low-down on these two new cards was in order.
Almost all the board partners are ready for launch, so expect excellent availability on these new cards.
The 7900 GS is a slightly crippled version of the 7900 GT, with only 20 pixel pipelines compared to the 24 on the 7900 GT and GTX. Disabling one of these quads has also meant a drop from eight to seven vertex shaders. Clock speeds are the same as current 7900 GT cards with a 450MHz core and 256MB of 660MHz (1320MHz effective) memory. Obviously there will be a performance impact from this, but there will also be a price reduction, pitching these cards around the £150 mark.
The 7950 GT is no relation the 7950 GX2, which has two GPUs, but is in fact yet another adjustment to the 7900 GT. Unlike the 7900 GT and GS, this card has a 512MB frame buffer, like it's older brother the 7900 GTX. We also see an increase in core speed to 550MHz and 700MHz (1400MHz effective) on the memory.