GeForce 7900 GT: Value-conscious gamers best bet? @ TechSpot

By on June 23, 2006, 6:10 AM
The GeForce 7900 GT is one of NVIDIA’s latest entries in the high-end gaming market. Utilizing the revamped G71 architecture, this chip shares similar specifications to the almighty GeForce 7800 GTX, while being manufactured in a smaller micron process which translates in lower manufacturing costs, less heat produces and potential for higher clock frequencies.

Just like the much more expensive 7900 GTX version, the 7900 GT features 24 pixel shaders, 8 vertex shaders, and 16 ROPs using the same 256-bit memory interface. Normally I would refer to products such as the 7900 GT as cut down versions, though this time round that’s not really the case.

With all its shaders and ROPs intact the 7900 GT is in essence a GTX if you were able to overclock it far enough. The GeForce 7900 GT is slightly faster than the 256MB 7800 GTX and in many cases as fast as the Radeon X1800XT. We are also throwing a last generation Radeon X1900GT card to see how that goes considering those two competing chips are evenly priced on the market now. The question remains however, what is gamers' best bet in this price range?

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canadian said:
So, what would be a smarter investment, considering the price, a 7900 GT or a 7600?
DragonMaster said:
We would need to know video cards performance : price ratio.
werty316 said:
Take it as this. 2x7600GT SLi is a bit faster then a 7900GT. 7900GT is a better investment but since DX10 and Visita are coming buying either would be a waste of $. I am speaking of course if you are a hardcore gamer.
DragonMaster said:
[quote] I am speaking of course if you are a hardcore gamer.[/quote]Maybe a next-gen cheap card will have the same performance with better graphics. (The X1600Pro is taking all the latest graphic extensions, but can be slower than a 9800XT)
werty316 said:
For camp ATI, the R600 is suppose to be physically big, it runs very hot, and it is suppose to be damn fast. Another plus is it will run DX10 and PS4.0. DX10 is suppose to be very fast but who knows if this is true.
Kougar said:
Thanks for the great article! Needed to see how the different segment cards compared overall...I was surprised to hear XFX uses their own fan/heatsink assembly, because as far as I can tell it is identical to the reference design? eVGA does offer their own fan/heatsink design for their own 7900GT/GTX cards though.I also wanted to mention that the XFX 7900GT/GTX cards do not have a variable fan speed due to the BIOS/hardware utilized, and from the reports I've seen are quite loud because of this. Since changing to a better (and quieter) cooling solution will void your XFX warranty, I wanted to point this out.
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