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.