updated 09:40 am EDT, Fri September 15, 2006
XFX 7950 GT Extreme
Announced previously, video cards based on the GeForce 7950 GT are now reaching the market in force. Many are identical to NVIDIA's reference design; a particularly notable model, however, is the XFX GeForce 7950 GT Extreme. It ships at a factory-default 570MHz core clock speed and 1.5GHz for memory, offering that extra amount of performance for gaming. XFX has also opted to cool the entire design through the passive cooling of a heatpipe, effectively silencing the video card altogether. The new GeForce card is also comparatively future-proof with two dual-link DVI ports each capable of driving a 30-inch Cinema Display as well as HDCP decryption support for playing back copy-protected HD video. Regular pricing for the Extreme card reflects its extra features at $330. XFX is shipping the new model today.