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nVidia 7900GS Overclocking Confirmed - Palit rocks the clocks! - The Card

Is nVidia's new GeForce 7900GS GPU a genuine hardcore overclocker or just a wannabe? Read on for our investigation!

| NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Sep 12, 2006 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%Manufacturer: Palit

The Card

 

With the box and its content out the way we can get into what we really want to see.

 

 

First glance at the card pretty much shows us what looks like a GeForce 7900GT 512MB from Palit. Same PCB, same cooler and memory sinks. There isn't a whole lot to it and follows a pretty standard layout. It's good to see that Palit have used the bigger cooler as were not a huge fan of the standard 7900GT cooler - it's small and can tend to be loud.

 

 

Moving to the back of the card we have our PCI Express power connector - of course, if you don't have a PCI Express power connector, you can use the connector that is included that turns two Molex connectors into the single required power plug for the graphics card.

 

 

The top of the card we can see our memory sink along with the SLI connector. The overall card layout is very standard and isn't all that exciting to look at. Takes a while to get use to having a RED card and an nVidia GPU mixed together.

 

 

While it's not an ultra high-end card, we still have two DVI ports on offer along with our standard TV-Out adapter.

 

 

Quickly flipping the card over we see there isn't really anything to the back with the back plate there to hold the heatsink in place.

 

Clock Speeds and Overclocking

 

Using Coolbits like we did for the XFX card, we used the "Find Optimal Frequencies" option to see what was going on.

 

Because of the lower default RAM clock speeds on the Palit card, the memory slider could only go as far as 1600MHz DDR which it had no problems doing. What the real surprise was the core hitting a pretty intense 685MHz which is 27MHz faster then the XFX.

 

In the following pages, we will see if the Palit graphics card is able to doing anything differently even with the memory being a few MHz slower.

XFX 7900GS 256M PVT71PUDE3 R Graphic Card

 

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