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Review: NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GT

by Ryszard Sommefeldt on 14 September 2006, 13:59

Tags: NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

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Introduction

Back on the 6th September, just over a week ago at the time of publishing, NVIDIA announced two new mid-range/high mid-range SKUs, launching one with immediate availability that very day. GeForce 7900 GS was received well, doing a passable impression of the more expensive GeForce 7900 GT for less money and at reasonable resolutions. A sweet little product for those with about £130-£150 to spend, we reckon.

The other product was GeForce 7950 GT, set to replace the 7900 GT that the 7900 GS does a sweet job of impersonating. We told you all about its configuration and clocks back on the 6th, with the only real puzzles left being where it fits in with regards to performance, and what the new reference cooler is like (we didn't get a chance to see it with 7900 GS, looking as we did at an eVGA example).

So we'll offer up a similarly short and sweet analysis of 7950 GT. Faintly silly name aside (7900 GT 512 sits better with us), it looks set to do Good Things™ at its expected $299-$349 price point. We compare to GeForce 7900 GT for obvious reasons, GeForce 7900 GTX as the next rung up on the NVIDIA ladder, and also ATI Radeon X1900 XT (512MiB one) as ATI competition in the $299-$349 space.

Ready to check out the full-G71-sporting, 550/700-clocked, 512MiB-carrying, HDCP-protected, supposedly quiet new NVIDIA assault on the top end of the mid-range? Hold on to your tighty whiteys then, pixel fans, as we do just that.