Closely following ATI's revamp, NVIDIA too has played its hand, with both the GeForce 7900 GS and the GeForce 7950 GT introduced to replace the outgoing GeForce 7900 GT. Springing forth from the original GeForce 7900 GT, these two new members of the GeForce 7900 series continue the tradition of graphics chipmakers and their tendency to tweak their product lines. These moves are usually aimed at aligning their products such that they are more competitive or fulfill some other goal like reducing inventory levels of older chips. And more often than not, they do so by adjusting the clock speeds of the GPUs or disabling pipelines to achieve the needed performance level.
Therefore, it is not too difficult for vendors to follow suit with the retail versions, which have quickly populated the shelves. Since the vendors are probably very familiar with these cards by now, many models with custom clock speeds and other additional features have been brought upon almost immediately on the initial versions, which is naturally a boon for consumers. As usual, Leadtek is one of the first to introduce a souped up version of these new cards and we have just received its Extreme version of the GeForce 7900 GS 256MB. Higher clock speeds and HDCP readiness seem to be the more apparent improvements over the reference GeForce 7900 GS models.