The XFX GeForce 8800 GT price versus performance ratio is ideal for the enthusiast community and the feature set is impressive. NVIDIA didn’t forget about you guys and has just recently released the GeForce 8800 GT 256MB video card that is aimed at lower price points. The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB has been in such high demand the price has remained above $269.99, so the need for a more budget friendly card is a welcomed addition to the GeForce 8 lineup. As the wind goes on so does the testing.
Even at smaller resolutions the GeForce 8800 GT 256MB has a hard time keeping up with the Radeon 3850 and Radeon 3870, which are both priced at or under what the GeForce 8800 GT 256MB is available at. The GeForce 8800 GT 256MB faces tough competition thanks to the Radeon 3800 series and it only clearly beat the Radeon 3800′s in Bioshock. Be sure to consider what games you play the most and the performance of the cards on them when you make your next purchase.
Anyone that has contemplated purchasing an NVIDIA video card in the last 5 years has likely considered an EVGA card. They’re always on warranty, concerned and are on mostly every forum even if it is slightly hardware related.
Looking at our card we see that the PCB is a standard green with a nice looking black heatsink. The EVGA logo is prominently displayed along with the type of card it is, so that no one, not even you, will forget what you have. I do like this for the simple fact that you won’t make a mistake this for a 7600 GT or something else. Lurking under that heatsink is the GPU core, clocked at 400MHz, the reference speed for 7600 GS cards. I noticed that EVGA uses all solid aluminum capacitors on this card, which can help give it a longer life over standard electrolytic capacitors. The 512MB of memory comes clocked at 400MHz also.
Benchmark – R6: Vegas
Team Rainbow is a multinational task force comprised of counterterrorism experts from around the globe. Equipped with state-of-the-art weapons, Team Rainbow is deployed during terrorist crises. When all other attempts have failed, Rainbow is brought in to save the lives of innocent people. They do not negotiate with terror. They destroy it. Vegas is a video card killer that depends more on shaders speed than memory speed. Our 7600 GS has a hard time keeping up in Vegas and you may need to drop down the resolution to get playable frame rates depending on your definition of playable.
G71 core the 7950 GT is here. Though the name is similar do not confuse it with the 7950GX2. The 7950 GT is a single GPU video card with the same G71 core as the 7900 GT and 7900 GTX. 7900 GT to 7950 is a big change for the 7950 GT and a move to 512MB of memory. At $299 the 7950 GT is big news as it brings a new low price to high-end video cards sporting 512MB of memory. It is also the opposite of what ATI did with their X1900XT 256MB that we reviewed yesterday. We are starting to see a separation between cards with 256MB and 512MB in some of the latest games at higher resolutions, giving gamers performance.
When it comes to speed the 7950 GT does not disappoint. The reference 7950 comes clocked at 550MHz core and 1.4GHz memory. That’s 100MHz core, 200MHz memory slower than the single card flagship 7900 GTX. With the introduction of the 7950 GT and 7900 GS there is now no room for the 7900 GT, so it will be phased soon. Better throw it in the dump now. No one will buy it.
3DMark 06: 6054
Using default core and memory clocks of 550MHz and 700MHz (1.4GHz effective data rate) respectively, the GeForce 7950 GT includes a 512MB frame buffer (256- bit GDDR3 memory interface), 8 vertex shaders, 24 pixel pipelines (each of which includes a dedicated texture unit and 2 pixel shader processors), and 16 ROPs, consuming a max of 82W of power based on the suggested settings by NVIDIA. Our XFX GeForce 7950 GT Extreme 570M comes factory overclocked 20MHz on the core and 30MHz on the memory, but also comes without a mean and hungry fan. XFX GeForce 7950 GT Extreme 570M is impressive and consumes very little power compared to others.
Overall, everyone should buy a XFX GeForce 7950, it will not be disappointing.