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Nvidia ships hardware before Microsoft

Even though Microsoft is slipping behind on releasing its new desktop operating system, Nvidia is charging full steam ahead with its two new video cards.

Nvidia said last week that it is shipping two new GeForce 7 series graphics processing units (GPUs): the GeForce 7600 GS and the GeForce 7300 LE.

Nvidia GPU
GeForce 7600 GS GPU

The GeForce 7600 GS GPU is designed for high-definition gaming and home-theater quality HD video. The GeForce 7300 LE boosts video and gaming features and delivers HD video in resolutions of up to 1080i.

The cards are designed to work with Windows Vista. The Vista operating system will be able to increase graphical performance by offloading video processing to a dedicated GPU. Nvidia claims it has the industry's only GPU architecture with full support for Microsoft DirectX(R) 9.0 Shader Model 3.0.

Nvidia did not specify the price for the GPUs. But in Nvidia's press release, e-tailer indicated that the cards cost between $129 and $149.