NVIDIA Launches 9500GT ($100) GPU
Written by Michael Larabel in NVIDIA on 29 July 2008 at 10:52 AM EDT. 2 Comments
While NVIDIA's newest GPU family is the GTX 200 series, they aren't yet introducing the GTX low-end models but are continuing to mature the GeForce 9 arsenal. Introduced this morning by NVIDIA Corporation was the GeForce 9500GT, which is a sub-$100 product.

The NVIDIA GeForce 9500GT has a mere 314 million transistors, its core is clocked at 550MHz, offers 32 stream processors, uses 256MB (though some AIBs may go for 512MB) of 128-bit 1600MHz GDDR3 memory, and is PCI Express 2.0 based. The 9500GT is currently built on a 65nm process but eventually they'll turn to 55nm, with the current maximum power consumption being 50 Watts.

The NVIDIA GeForce 9500GT should just need a trivial PCI ID patch for support within the 2D-only xf86-video-nv driver. For the proprietary NVIDIA driver, it should already support the 9500GT otherwise it should come with the next driver update. For those NVIDIA Linux users, we are expecting a new release within a week or two.
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