MSI readying GeForce 7950 GX2 for mid-May?
Following previous reports claiming that
NVIDIA would launch retail GeForce 7950 GX2 Quad SLI graphics cards on
May 30, French site Clubic now says it has received
word straight from MSI (translate here)
that the card manufacturer will launch its flavor of the card in the
middle of this month. Even more interesting is the card's price, which
Clubic says is just €649. Considering the numerical similarity between
hardware prices in Euros and US Dollars, this would likely mean a $649
launch price in the U.S.—a far cry from the previously rumored $/€800-900 price point. Then again,
perhaps Clubic's editors were given an $819 U.S. price and did a hasty
conversion to Euros without taking pricing differences into account.
Only time will tell.
Aside from reporting on price, Clubic also echoes earlier claims that
the GeForce 7950 GX2 will be detected as a single card, a feature that
will allegedly allow motherboards without SLI or CrossFire support to
enjoy multi-GPU performance. As for specifications, Clubic says MSI's
card will sport 500 MHz core and 1.2 GHz memory speeds, the same specs reported by HKEPC last month. HKEPC also
said the 7950 GX2 reference PCB was 8.6" long, and that each dual-PCB
card would draw a hefty 143W of power. Thanks to X-bit
labs for the link.