Although this article was written days in advance, and we haven't yet seen this product appear in stock at any popular online retailers, EVGA documents appear to state the EVGA e-GeForce 7900GT CO SUPERCLOCKED 256MB will sell for $339.99 USD; other non-overclocked solutions from alternative manufacturers will likely sell in the area of $299.00. The GeForce 7900GTX 512MB on the other hand will sell in the area of $450-600 at this time. Certainly, this price is appealing to budget-minded enthusiasts with the going rate for the GeForce 7800GTX 512MB presently being sold for upwards of $759.00 while the GeForce 7800GT 256MB is available for around $270. As far as a comparison goes between NVIDIA's reference 7900GT 256MB design and that of eVGA's CO SUPERCLOCKED, the clock frequencies for both the core and memory are different as well as a few other peculiar modifications but otherwise is a good representative of this brand spankin' new GPU. The 7900GT's stock specifications call for a 450MHz core and an approximate 1400MHz memory clock. Although this EVGA part has been floating around our facilities for a few days now, we have yet to attain NVIDIA's new Linux display drivers that will append support for the GeForce 7900 series. We are expecting these supported drivers to be released today. As mentioned in previous Phoronix news articles, the next driver release isn't limited to GeForce 7900 support but also support for the GeForce 7300 and a great deal of feature improvements and bug fixes. Upon the public release of these new NVIDIA Linux drivers, we will be delivering our complete EVGA e-GeForce 7900GT CO SUPERCLOCKED 256MB results as well as alternative GeForce 7 parts. Similarly speaking today was just a preview covering a portion of the basics relating to this just-released 7900GT part. We are also in the midst of providing additional articles relating to other GeForce 7 articles, and Linux. As far as the 7900GTX specifications go, it uses 24 pixel pipelines (the same as the 7900GT), 650MHz core clock, and 1.60GHz memory clock. The transistor count is approximately 278 million. The power consumption for the GTX variant is expected to be about 120W, while the GT will be an approximate 80W, of course, with Scalable Link Interface these numbers may double or quadruple. NVIDIA partners, of course, have the option to slightly alter these operating frequencies, as EVGA does with their new SUPERCLOCKED series, XFX with their XXX edition, and the BFG Technology OC. In addition, NVIDIA is launching their mid-range GeForce 7600 series, which we will be covering in an independent article. From XFX, the NVIDIA GeForce 7900 cards to be launching today include the XFX 7900GT (PV-T71G-UDER and PV-T71G-UDLR) and XFX 7900GTX (PV-T71F-YDFR and PV-T71F-YDLR). All four of these cards will come with XFX's usual array of specialty gaming features. Our friends at EVGA also are launching two 7900GTX units today -- the 512-P2-N570-AX and 512-P2-N575-AX SUPERCLOCKED. Gigabyte is also prepared to launch the GeForce 7900GTX 512MB with a expected part number of GV-NX79X512VB-RH-ED, while the MSI 7900GTX will be in the form of the NX7900GTX-V2D512E, and ASUS has a special 7900GTX card that they will be offering shortly dubbed the ASUS Extreme 7900GTX 512MB. We have also received word from EVGA that they will soon be launching a new series dubbed the "Signature". We do not know what advantages the Signature series will hold over the KO, CO, etc... However, we will likely find out soont. What is next for NVIDIA? Well, their board partners will likely begin offering a 512MB variant to the GeForce 7900GT to accompany the 256MB part and are likely to see even more GeForce 7 series parts coming out in the near future. The expected 1GB edition of the 7900GTX has also been quick to turn some heads. In regards to a GeForce Go 7900, we have not yet been addressed by any sources whether there is such a mobile solution in development, but a GeForce Go 7600 is a very likely candidate. More information will appear at Phoronix on all of these GeForce matters to come as NVIDIA's marketing department starts to funnel additional information and they begin their marketing blitz. Our EVGA GeForce 7900GT SUPERCLOCKED Linux gaming benchmark results will be available very shortly (pending the Linux display drivers), as well as putting our overclocking expertise to work with this new creation.
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