The decision for Gigabyte to team up with Zalman and release their latest line up of graphics cards was a fantastic idea. Not only does the Zalman cooler offer better heat dissipation, it is just all round generally quieter and looks quite good, too. It made sense that Gigabyte would choose to include the cooler on a card from both ATI and nVidia but we can clearly see that the latter gains the most advantage.
nVidia's GeForce 7900GS has always been a personal favorite for us here at TweakTown. This is mainly due to the fact that it is quite cheaper when compared to other cards in the same bracket and out of the box performance is good, as well. The card really begins to shine though when we start overclocking and the picture only gets better for the green team.
ATI and AMD's Radeon X1950PRO on the other hand sits more expensive then the GeForce 7900GS and generally shows us quite an ordinary overclock, in comparison. Combine this with the fact that everyone is so head over heels at the moment thanks to the performance of the new GeForce 8800 series. It's clear that who controls the high-end market drives sales for the low and mid-range markets but when you have a card as good as the GeForce 7900GS, it makes it even easier to sell.
If you have a few more dollars to spare and like the idea of an aftermarket cooler that doesn't destroy your warranty, we would recommend that you have a look down the Gigabyte path. If you're into overclocking, the Gigabyte 7900GS TurboForce using the Zalman cooler is definitely a good choice in our opinion.
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