GeForce 7950 GX2 successor coming next year?

Nvidia turned quite a few heads when it unveiled the GeForce 7950 GX2 last year. The card, which featured dual circuit boards and graphics processors, was the first retail offering to enable four-way SLI multi-GPU setups. Quad SLI was a sight to behold, but as we saw in our benchmarks, four-GPU performance scaling wasn't all it was hyped up to be. The card has since faded into obscurity, effectively replaced by speedier, single-GPU GeForce 8800-series products.

Well, if the guys at Fudzilla have their facts straight, the GeForce 7950 GX2 is due for a successor. Fudzilla says Nvidia is planning a product nicknamed "D8E" for the first quarter of 2008, and that this product is supposed to be a dual-GPU, dual-PCB part just like the 7950 GX2. It will reportedly be based on the G92 graphics processor, which debuted earlier this month in the new GeForce 8800 GT. Essentially a 65nm die-shrink of the G80 graphics processor, G92 may have low enough power consumption to work in a dual-PCB arrangement without setting fire to the host system.

Nvidia may not be the only one on the dual-GPU train this time, either. Reports last month suggested that AMD, too, has a dual-GPU graphics card planned for the first quarter of 2008. The AMD card will supposedly be based on the same RV670 GPU as upcoming Radeon HD 3800-series models, although word is that AMD will be able to squeeze both GPUs onto a single circuit board.

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