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.

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