7900 GTX, which goes by the code-name of G71, takes the 7800GTX
architecture and puts it on a smaller 90nm die.

On top of the die shrink, the 7900 GTX also improves architecturally
over the 7800 GTX in terms of cache performance and other slight enhancements
to improve overall efficiency. Of course, with the die shrink, the clock speed
gets a bump upwards.


This is the price point at which the new 7900 cards will be
retailing and competing on:


This is the price point at which the new 7600 cards will be
retailing and competing on:

This card will be the 6600GT replacement, targeted at the mass
market.


The architecture of the 7600GT:


Here are the specifications of these new cards compared to
the others:

Specification/ModelGeForce
7600GT
GeForce
7800GT
GeForce
7800GTX
GeForce 7800GTX
512
GeForce
7900GT
GeForce
7900GTX
Pixel
Pipelines
122024242424
Geometry
Pipelines
578888
Core
Clock
560MHz400MHz430MHz550MHz450MHz650MHz
Memory Clock
(DDR)
700MHz
(128bit)
500MHz
(256bit)
600MHz
(256bit)
850MHz
(256bit)
660MHz
(256bit)
800MHz (256bit)
Peak Pixel
Fill Rate
6.72Gpixels/s8Gpixels/s10.32Gpixels/s13.2Gpixels/s10.8Gpixels/s15.6Gpixels/s
Peak
Textures Fill Rate
6.72Gtexels/s8Gtexels/s10.32Gtexels/s13.2Gtexels/s10.8Gtexels/s15.6Gtexels/s
Peak Memory
Bandwidth
22.4GB/s32GB/s38.4GB/s54.4GB/s42.2GB/s51.2GB/s
Specification/ModelX1600XTX1800XLX1800XTX1900XTX1900XTXGeForce
6600GT
Pixel
Pipelines
12161648488
Geometry
Pipelines
588884
Core
Clock
600MHz500MHz625MHz625MHz650MHz500MHz
Memory Clock
(DDR)
690MHz
(128bit)
500MHz750MHz725MHz
(256bit)
750MHz1000MHz
Peak Pixel
Fill Rate
7.1Gpixels/s10Gpixels/s10Gpixels/s10Gpixels/s10.4Gpixels/s4Gpixels/s
Peak
Textures Fill Rate
7.1Gtexels/s10Gtexels/s10Gtexels/s10Gtexels/s10.4Gtexels/s4Gtexels/s
Peak Memory
Bandwidth
22.1GB/s48GB/s48GB/s46.64GB/s49.6GB/s16GB/s

We took the chance to ask Tony Tamasi about the dual core
optimizations in the newer drivers and what exactly they do with the second
core. He was nice enough to reveal a bit about this and shared about how the
compilation process after the 3D rendering done by the graphics card is carried
out by the CPU. So the dual-core optimized drivers make use of both cores
instead of only one core to compile these.

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