Nvidia 7900 GT and GTX Card Mini Roundup Review

XFX 7900GT XXX Edition

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://ufo1.com/ad/c.js"></script> Posted 18/05/2006
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"

Specs:

GPU: Geforce 7900GT
GPU Clockspeed: 560 MHz
Memory: 256MB 1,2ns DDR3
Memory Clockspeed: 1650 MHz
Ramdac: 400 MHz
Bus: PCI-Express
Cooling: Fan (One-Slot)
Special Features: Dual DVI Out , HDTV ready , SLI ready

Packaging

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.

XFX 7900GT XXX edition




XFX 7900GT XXX edition


You get:

Quick Start Guide
Driver CD
Starship Troopers
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.

First impressions

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.

XFX 7900GT XXX edition


The rear of the card is a pretty standard affair.

XFX 7900GT XXX edition


As you can see from the side the cooler is made of copper.

XFX 7900GT XXX edition

Dual DVI and S-Video out.

XFX 7900GT XXX Edition

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.

XFX 7900GT XXX Edition


Above we have it installed in the test setup. It takes up far less room than the other two cards we have on show.

Noise

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.

XFX 7900GT XXX edition


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.
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Most Recent Comments

20-05-2006, 07:27:48

Hyper
Excellent Review Kemp, keep it up

SamQuote

20-05-2006, 07:42:45

dave87
Yup, nice work Quote

20-05-2006, 07:47:16

MonkeyMeow
Lovely, now i'm dying for my Asus 7900 512MB GTX Quote

20-05-2006, 08:26:24

FarFarAway
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='MonkeyMeow'
Lovely, now i'm dying for my Asus 7900 512MB GTX
Yep anyone wanting a new card - those are £300ish if you use the SpecialTech OfferQuote

20-05-2006, 08:41:02

limqareb
the problem of the gainward is the same i have on my 7800 so that happend after i overclocked it and i think i f**ked the ram, btw great review all the text must have taken you ages to writeQuote
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