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nVidia High-End Graphics Cards for Second Hand Buyers

By: Shawn Baker | Editorials in Video Cards | Posted: Nov 1, 2006 5:00 am

XFX 7950GT Extreme


I made my thoughts quite clear at a few places about the 7950GT. The thing is it's not a bad card; it really is just a remake of the 512MB variant of the 7900GT though. Chances are this is the one card that we will see very little. It wasn't too popular due to the fact it was only slightly faster then the 7900GT but slower then the 7900GTX. It offers quite a poor overclock in general and the price wasn't all that good.



Again the XFX card we are looking is the "Extreme" model which has the increased core and memory speed. The standard speeds on the 7950GT come in at 550MHz on the core and 1400MHz DDR on the memory. XFX have increased this to 570MHz on the core and 1460MHz DDR on the memory.


nVidia GeForce 7900GTX


Clearly what was the king of the hill for a very long time, the GeForce 7900GTX, will be another card that will pop up a lot mainly due to the fact that it has been around for so long. Performance from the 7900GTX has always been excellent and there is going to be a fantastic chance for people to get high performance SLI on the cheap.



The 7900GTX we have with us today is pretty much about as reference as they come. Considering it came in a brown box it feels like the original samples we received many moons ago. Using the standard core and memory speed of 650MHz and 1600MHz DDR, it is going to be one of the more common cards you're going to see on the market. The 7900GTX came simply in a 512MB DDR3 version only. The only difference between them on the market is the stock overclock.


The other thing about the 7900GTX is that it wasn't plagued with the horribly warranty issue that the 7900GT had, so it is quite a safe buy.


BFG Tech 7950GX2


As far as I am concerned this card was only ever made to a) annoy ATI and b) dump as many G71 cores as possible so when G80 finally did hit nVidia and its partners weren't going to get stuck with a large inventory of what would become worthless chips to companies like ASUS, XFX, BFG Tech and more.



What will be interesting is how many of these eventually pop up for sale. 7900GTX users didn't really update to them because the performance boost offered when compared to what they currently had wasn't mind blowing and second with such a huge price tag and the card not being far from the release of G80 people who did buy them had intentions of skipping first generation DX10 cards.


Due to the issue that was had with the 7900GT, nVidia actually made it quite clear that they didn't want these cards overclocked by their partners. BFG Tech a company who is usually known for there overclock followed the rules so in turn we have the stock clocks of 500MHz core and 1200MHz DDR memory. Not to say that you can't bump it up yourself.


The only company that offered any stock overclocking on the 7950GX2 was XFX who had a few variants. Apart from the single brand all other cards where stock clocked so if you did want to venture to Quad SLI you could mix and match almost any two brands as they will have the same clocks.

Pine Technology XFX GeForce 7900 GT, (256 MB) PCI Express Graphic Card


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