Gainward Bliss Golden Sample 7950GT 512mb
Author: Matthew Kemp (kempez)
Product Acquired: Gainward
Had I been reviewing this card a month or so ago I would have been saying: "yes G80 is coming but this is a great card". With G80 upon us and DX10 on the way it's tough to review these older "last gen" cards without those bad boys in the back of your mind (and sitting on the "to do" pile next to you).
However the Gainward 7950 GT Bliss Golden Sample Edition is a great little card and will allow you to play your games at impressive detail levels with minimal noise.
At £233 @ SCAN the card is not cheap at all and the X1950 Pro at £133 represents far better value for money. However, you do need to take into consideration the extra 256mb RAM on the 7950 GT, allowing it to buffer considerably larger amounts of data for smoother gameplay.
The Gainward 7950 GT gets an OC3D "Recommended" Award, mostly for it's great overclock and incredibly quiet running.
+ Great sexy, quiet cooler
+ Good performance in todays games
+ Nice bench figures
+ Very nice overclock
+ Great Bundle once again from Gainward
- nVidia's IQ on the GF 7 series is not too great
- G80 is upon us and maybe worth that bit extra cash
Thanks to Gainward for supplying us with a review sample
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