Nvidia to expand lineup with GeForce 7950 GT

As rumors swirl about ATI prepping a new Radeon X1950 XTX and its Radeon X1900 XT inches closer to the $299 mark, Nvidia apparently has a surprise in store for next month. Leaked Nvidia slides obtained by Chinese site IT.com.cn reveal the existence (translate here) of an upcoming GeForce 7950 GT planned for September 14. The card will reportedly be clocked at 550MHz with 24 pixel shader processors, 512MB of 700MHz memory (1.4GHz effective), and High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection built in as standard. Official pricing will be $299, just like the current GeForce 7900 GT that clocks in at 450MHz/660MHz by default and has half the memory. The GeForce 7950 GT really looks more like a GeForce 7900 GTX with 100MHz lower core and memory clocks and added HDCP support, which could make it a tantalizing choice for overclockers.

The leaked Nvidia slides also echo the upcoming retail launch (translate the page here) of the OEM-only GeForce 7900 GS. As previously reported, the retail card will feature the same 450MHz core and 660MHz memory clocks as the reference GeForce 7900 GT, but with 20 pixel shader processors instead of 24. The GeForce 7900 GS will hit stores on August 30 at a price of $199, according to the slides.

Interestingly, one of leaked the Nvidia slides about the GeForce 7900 GS quotes one of our news posts from July 24 as saying, "With the (RV560), ATI plans to...trounce NVIDIA's 7600 GT." However, a quick look at the original post shows it in fact states, "With 24 pixel shader processors and 600MHz/1.4GHz core and memory clocks, the slides say the X1650 XT will trounce NVIDIA's GeForce 7600 GT." The statement was in reference to leaked ATI slides put up by HKEPC.

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