Tech ARP has been kind enough to share this wonderous slideshow with us. The 7900 GS and 7950 GT are looking pretty hawt! The prices are really nice as well.
So today Mike and I have been busy gathering all the 7900 GS reviews and cards that we can find. I just finished adding all 5 of Evga's cards, and I was very impressed with the content Evga is providing via their website. They have a nice page up for their 7900 GS line that lists the features of all their 7900 GSs and then they have pics and basic specs for all 5 of their cards. Bravo! And on top of that, they have provided a link to their HDCP glossary so that their customers can learn about HDCP and what it means to them. I for one, am impressed.
I happened upon a retail boxed 1GB ATi FireStream today and I decided to take a few pictures. The existence of this card was first noticed in the Linux drivers for a FireGL 7350 over at Beyond3D about a week ago and from what I've seen, their assessment was pretty accurate.
The card is indeed based on R580 with a board layout nearly identical to the FireGL 7350 including the 1GB of ram. The box I saw contained only this card and a driver cd which had been burnt and was labeled as being a beta. Also, I found the label on the CD interesting: "FireSTREAM Enterprise Stream Processor".
Judging from the similarities to the FireGL 7350, I don't think the card has any special hardware under the hood (with the exception of the fact that it uses R580 vs R520). However, the beta nature of the drivers suggests some very special software implementation at work here. My take on it: this is a revamped FireGL with new drivers geared towards making GPGPU (general purpose GPU) usage more efficient and/or easier to work with for developers.
I have to wonder if this new FireStream brand will replace the FireGL, or if ATi plans to divide their professional cards into two camps.
Over at [H]ard|OCP they have posted a very informative article on their experience using Nvidia's new PureVideo HD technology . They also talk about exactly what you will need to watch protected and unprotected HD media using digital or analog cables with displays that are and are not HDCP ready. That was a mouth full. Or keyboard full...whatever. For those interested in playing HD media in their Home Theatre PC, I declare this a must-read article.
One of these has a watercooling inlet and outlet on it and also notice the two 6 pin power connectors!
These are thumbnails so please click on them for the full sized image. Here is the link to the source of the pics.