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NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT Graphics Card Review
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NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT Graphics Card

Even though the new NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT is a mid-range card designed to replace GeForce 6600 GT, its performance was far better than expected. It actually came close to the performance of the GeForce 7800 GT, a high-end card which costs twice as much.

Just like its higher-end GeForce 7900 brothers, the GeForce 7600 GT was fabricated using the 90nm die process. The finer manufacturing process allows to run at a higher clock speed and yet use less power and emit less heat.

Of course, NVIDIA distanced the GeForce 7600 GT from its expensive brothers by giving it only half as many pixel pipelines and half the memory bus width. But thanks to a higher core and memory bus speed, the GeForce 7600 GT performed well enough to be an enticing option for those on a more restrictive budget.

The lower power requirement also has a nice side benefit - it doesn't need or come with a PCI Express power connector. This means you can most probably use your old PSUs, even if you want to run two cards in SLI.

However, we feel it would be quite pointless to run two GeForce 7600 GTs in SLI. The GeForce 7600 GT's greatest strength is its great value. It offers great performance for an affordable price. Buying two of these cards will cancel out that advantage without giving you a truly significant advantage in performance.

Instead of buying two GeForce 7600 GT cards, you can actually buy a GeForce 7900 GT card with cash to spare. The GeForce 7900 GT easily beats the GeForce 7600 GT SLI, making the SLI setup both costly and redundant.

In addition, the GeForce 7600 GT wasn't very overclockable. Of course, we could have tested an "unlucky" card. We only managed to overclock the core up to 601MHz and the memory bus up to 791MHz. Some manufacturers are actually selling "OC versions" of the card with the core overclocked to 600MHz. So, this card may still have some overclocking potential that we haven't been able to detect in our sample.

There is no doubt that the new NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT is a very good mid-range card. It offers great performance at an affordable price. For those who cannot afford its more expensive brethrens, the GeForce 7600 GT is certainly a very attractive choice.

For more details, read our Comprehensive Review!

MSRP

• $199

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Review

Comprehensive Review

Architecture

• G73

Process Technology

• 90 nm

Number of Transistors

• 177 Million

Die Size

• NA

Pixel Pipelines

• 12 Pixel Pipelines

ROPs

• 8 ROPs - 8 colour, 8 blend

Core Clock

• 560 MHz

Fillrate

• 6.7 Gigapixels / sec.

Memory Interface

• 2-way 64-bits memory interface
• 128-bits total

Memory Buffer

• 256 MB GDDR3

Memory Clock

• 700 MHz
• 1.4 GHz DDR

Memory Bandwidth

• 22.4 GB/s

Vertex Units

• 5 Vertex Units

Vertex Clock

• 560 MHz

Vertex Output

• 700 million vertices / sec.

Power Consumption

• 67 W

Graphics Bus

• PCI Express

Shader Model Version

• SM 3.0

NVIDIA IntelliSample Technology

• 4.0

NVIDIA SLI Technology

• Yes

NVIDIA Quad SLI Technology

• No

NVIDIA TurboCache Technology

• No

64-bit Texture Filtering and Blending

• Yes

DVI Support

• Single dual-linked DVI, integrated into the GPU

Features

• Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 Support
• Built for Windows Vista
• NVIDIA® CineFX™ 4.0 Engine
• NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology
• NVIDIA® Intellisample™ 4.0 Technology
• 64
-Bit Floating Point Texture Filtering and Blending
• Transparency Anti-Aliasing
• High Dynamic Range (HDR) Rendering
NVIDIA® PureVideo™ Technology
Adaptable Programmable Video Processor
High-Definition MPEG-2 and WMV Hardware Acceleration
Advanced Motion Adaptive De-Interlacing
Video Scaling and Filtering
Video Color Correction
Integrated HDTV Encoder
256-Bit Memory Interface
NVIDIA® UltraShadow™ II Technology
128-Bit Studio-Precision Computation
OpenGL® 2.0 Optimizations and Support
NVIDIA® nView® Multi-Display Technology

 

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When we receive the product for review, we will quickly take photos of it and create a Pictorial Review. The purpose of a pictorial review is to allow you, the reader, to quickly examine the product visually. It may help you make better purchase decisions, especially if you cannot wait for the full review.

After thorough testing, we will post a Comprehensive Review of the product. This adds on to the pictorial review with comprehensive test results and our final conclusion on the product.

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