Gainward Bliss 7950 GX2
Author: Matthew Kemp (kempez)
Hardware Acquired: Gainward
The 7950 GX2 is a great new way of getting ultra-high end performance, without re-inventing the wheel. Some may feel that nVidia are "cheating" with the dual PCB's and dual GPU's, but hopefully this is a pre-cursor to proper dual core GPU's.
Performance on the card is top-notch in both gaming and benching and it is getting very hard to notice the flaws in IQ that I have noticed on other top-end nVidia cards. However they are still there and Image Quality is still very much in ATI's corner.
The cooler (or should I say cooler(s)) on the 7950 GX2 is pretty good, keeping the card cool and quiet. nVidia at least seem to be committed to making sure their top-end cards don't give you headaches when gaming.
At £348 @ SCAN, the Gainward 7950 is decently priced for a top end card and it's pretty much a choice that you have: speed over Image Quality. In this instance I did not see a very noticeable decrease in Image Quality from X1950XT to 7950 GX2 apart from in Oblivion. If you are a HUGE Oblivion fan then the ATI card is the one to go for. If not then you will certainly be looking at the 7950 GX2 with interest.
I am giving this card a Gamers Choice Award to the Gainward Bliss 7950 GX2. I see this as a great choice at the top-end, perhaps even pipping the X1950XTX at the ultra top end. I am adding an Editors Choice due to the sheer amount this card can be overclocked.
+ Very quick
+ Great benching results
+ Good image quality
+ Great bundle
+ Awesome Overclocking
- No AA and HDR
- DX10 coming soon
Thanks to Gainward for the sample
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