GeForce 7950 GX2 delayed until June 6?


— 1:42 AM on May 24, 2006

NordicHardware says it has received word that NVIDIA's GeForce 7950 GX2 retail dual-PCB graphics card has been delayed until June 6. Previous rumors set the card's release around May 30, but the schedule has been changed due to what NordicHardware claims are "political problems." PC vendors allegedly wish to retain exclusivity over Quad SLI systems for the time being, and they are said to have pressured NVIDIA into moving back the launch date. Additionally, the site claims that NVIDIA is having a number of problems with the 7950 GX2, including one that supposedly results in quad-GPU configurations "causing a mess," forcing NVIDIA to disable driver support for Quad SLI. According to NordicHardware's sources, the 7950 GX2 won't regain Quad SLI support until late June, again due to alleged pressure from PC vendors.

Even if the 7950 GX2 ends up shipping without Quad SLI capability, it may be able to find a market niche. According to older rumors, the 7950 GX2 is supposed to be detected as a single GPU by host systems, which would effectively offer dual-GPU capability to users without SLI- or CrossFire-compatible motherboards. NordicHardware also says modified drivers will enable Quad SLI with the 7950 GX2.

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