Product: GeForce 7950 GT
Company: nVIDIA
Authour: Mark "Ratchet" Thorne
Date: September 14th, 2006

So here we have it, my launch day review of the 7950 GT… ok, it’s not technically launch day since the embargo on 7950 GT information was lifted a little over a week ago, but the embargo on benchmarks and analysis lifts today and let’s face it, that’s what everyone tunes in for (are you even reading this?).

The 7950 GT, for those of you wondering, is the successor to NVIDIA’s now discontinued 7900 GT. It, like the 7900, features 24 fragment shaders, 8 vertex shaders, and 16 ROPs (render output units). Unlike the 7900 GT, the 7950 GT has 512MB memory and… well, that’s about it… it’s a 512MB 7900 GT with higher core and memory clocks. Should your attention span be on par with mine you probably need a visualization aid, so here’s a nice chart I made just for you:

NVIDIA's Lineup
Enthusiast 7950 GX2 $549
7900 GTX $449
Performance 7950 GT $299
Mainstream 7900 GS $199
7600 GT $169
Value 7600 GS $129
7300 $99

You can see that the line has blurred significantly between NVIDIA’s enthusiast and performance products. Now, with 512MB memory onboard, the only thing separating the 7950 GT and the enthusiast level 7900 GTX above it is clock speeds and price. Price, being the key factor in any product purchasing decision (for most of use plebs, anyhow), is what defines a graphics cards market segment. So, at $299, the 7950 GT goes toe-to-toe with ATI’s recently announced $279 X1900 XT 256MB. NVIDIA would like for it to go up against ATI’s X1900 GT, but that’s just not the reality of the market right now. We’ll still throw an X1900 GT in the mix as a comparison point, but the real decision should you find yourself with around $300 in your pocket is between NVIDIA's 7950 GT and ATI's X1900 XT 256MB.

Let’s get started.

NVIDIA 7950 GT and ATI X1900 XT 256 MB
NVIDIA 7950 GT and ATI X1900 XT 256 MB
NVIDIA 7950 GT and ATI X1900 XT 256 MB
NVIDIA 7950 GT and ATI X1900 XT 256 MB

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