Nvidia 7900 GT and GTX Card Mini Roundup Review
Author: Matthew Kemp (kempez)
Hardware Acquired: XFX, Gainward
Meet the XFX 7900GT
XFX have a very good reputation in the Graphics Market. We're taking a look at their fastest current 7900GT - the "XXX Edition"
GPU: Geforce 7900GT
GPU Clockspeed: 560 MHz
Memory: 256MB 1,2ns DDR3
Memory Clockspeed: 1650 MHz
Ramdac: 400 MHz
Cooling: Fan (One-Slot)
Special Features: Dual DVI Out , HDTV ready , SLI ready
XFX always go for innovative packaging and this card is no exception. The familiar "X" packaging once again comes with this card. XFX's package is a bit light on software for my liking. The only thing in the package is the game Starship Troopers. The packaging is very secure and innovative though.
Quick Start Guide
2 x DVI-VGA Adaptors1 x S-Video Out Connector
Although Starship Troopers is included as a full game out of the box, this isn't exactly an AAA title. In fairness to XFX they couldn't get us the VIVO edition of this card for the review - which I would imagine would have a lot more in it. Putting an "HDTV" sticker on the packaging is not something I'm very impressed by though as this card is NOT HDCP ready and does not have a bundle to support this claim. All in all though someone would not buy this card for the bundle.
XFX brand their cards very well but you can tell that the stock cooler is only slightly modified with a green cooler. After handling all of the top-line cards the cooler gives the impression of the card being "weedy"...maybe looks bely what is underneath. At least the cooler is a proper single slot cooler and won't take up any more space.
I am not impressed that there are no RAM sinks but we'll see if this affects the cards overclocking capabilities.
The rear of the card is a pretty standard affair.
As you can see from the side the cooler is made of copper.
Dual DVI and S-Video out.
Same as the Gainward - installation and a quick start guide is there for those who do not know how to install the card which, again, is a nice touch.
Above we have it installed in the test setup. It takes up far less room than the other two cards we have on show.
The card is pretty whiney. I couldn't tell much of a noise difference between the XFX and the Gainward until the games started firing up a bit. The XFX cooler is definately a bit whiney, though I don't think that it's enough to put me off of gaming. If you have a very quiet setup this may get on your nerves quite a lot.
The cooler once again is very good. This may be due to the amount of copper and the way that the vents are positioned on the card or it may be due to the fact that the 7900GT chip is generally quite cool anyway. 72°C was the top temperature I recorded the card at.
If you like a quiet case you may want to buy yourself an aftermarket cooler.