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XFX GeForce 7900 GT Extreme Edition Graphics Card

The XFX GeForce 7900 GT Extreme Edition performed really well in our tests. In most of the game benchmarks, this card managed to beat the NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT card by 20-30% at stock speeds. This improved to about 40-60% when the card was further overclocked!

The card itself is really nothing special. It followed the NVIDIA reference design, albeit factory-overclocked to 520MHz core and 750MHz memory. XFX even used the same cooler, even though both core and memory were overclocked.

The included bundle was bare, with games included as part of the package. The two DVI-to-VGA adaptors are the only consolation. But the card certainly made up for it with its raw performance and phenomenal overclockability!

We have no idea if this is the norm or the exception but our card was highly overclockable. We managed to push this card to 590MHz core and 870MHz memory. That's a cool boost of 140MHz (31%) in GPU speed and 210MHz (31.2%) in memory speed!

The street price of this XFX GeForce 7900GT Extreme Edition is below $300 at the time of writing. This is therefore the best bang-for-the-buck deal in the high-end category for NVIDIA graphics cards. XFX actually has an even faster model (even more extreme? ) - one with a 550MHz core and a 815MHz memory speed. XFX also has VIVO-enabled cards in their lineup.

Couple this card's great performance at "stock speeds" with its incredible overclockability, and we have a real winner here. We like this card so much that we think you will agree that this card deserves nothing less than our Editor's Choice Award. Congratulations, XFX!

For more details, read our Comprehensive Review!

MSRP

• NA

Lowest PriceGrabber Price

Review

Comprehensive Review

Model

• PV-T71G-UDE7

Architecture

• G71

Process Technology

• 90 nm

Number of Transistors

• 278 Million

Die Size

• 196 mm2

Pixel Pipelines

• 24 Pixel Pipelines

ROPs

• 16 ROPs - 16 colour, 16 blend

Core Clock

• 520 MHz

Fillrate

• 12.48 Gigapixels / sec.

Memory Interface

• 4-way 64-bits memory interface
• 256-bits total

Memory Buffer

• 256 MB GDDR3

Memory Clock

• 750 MHz
• 1.5 GHz DDR

Memory Bandwidth

• 48.0 GB/s

Vertex Units

• 8 Vertex Units

Vertex Clock

• 543 MHz

Vertex Output

• 1086 million vertices / sec.

Power Consumption

• NA

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

• Two dual-linked DVI, both 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

Package Contents

One XFX GeForce 7900GT Extreme Edition graphics card
One PCI Express power cable
One HDTV breakout box
One S-Video cable
Two DVI-to-VGA adaptors
One Installation CD (drivers & software)
One manual
One quick installation guide
One brochure

Warranty

XFX Double Lifetime Warranty
  (Lifetime warranty for the original and second owner)

 

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This new review system is designed to allow you to quickly receive information on the latest hardware. This new system also allows you to quickly get the gist of the review without reading through it. This can be very useful, especially in situations where you need to make a quick purchase decision.

In this new system, we start with a Product Overview whenever a company sends us a press release about their latest product. We shift through extraneous PR-talk to create a straightforward summary of the product's features as well as its specifications. This allows you to quickly find out all the pertinent details about the product, without reading through official press releases.

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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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