XFX's GeForce 7950GT left somewhat of a bad taste in our mouths when we tested it. This was mainly due to the fact that only a few days before we tested a card that was $100 cheaper and when overclocked offer a huge performance increase. While the ASUS 7950GT is better thanks to the active cooling, it still isn't exactly jaw dropping performance when you consider the money spent.
You throw this in with this massive unnecessary box, reference design and large price tag, it all in all doesn't look that attractive to us. It's slower than a 7900GTX and doesn't overclock like a 7900GS. The thing is if you do a bit of smart shopping and hunt around the local second hand forums, you could probably pick up a 7900GTX for a similar price if not cheaper which will offer better performance out of the box and even more again when you start overclocking.
nVidia's GeForce 7950GT is not a bad product but it's just not all that good. nVidia clearly had to fill a void but with the price difference between it and the 8800GTS (which is the next step up) we have to see something soon to fill this gap, not only in price but performance. If you have the kind of money that can buy a GeForce 7950GT and you insist on the nVidia brand, we would recommend that you look around and see if you can snag a second hand 7900GTX on the cheap. Or buy a 7900GS instead and overclock the buggery out of it while in turn saving some money. Or just simply have some patience and hold on for another pay check or two and jump on the GeForce 8800 bandwagon.
ASUS GeForce 7950GT is clearly better when you start getting up to 1600 x 1200 and above but with the OC on offer from the mighty and more affordable GeForce 7900GS and what you could pick up a second hand 7900GTX for, there is just simply better value options to find when you talk about performance. It comes with plenty of features including HDCP support, a couple Dual Link DVI ports and HDTV output using component cable but when someone is buying a graphics card like this, they'll mostly only be considering 3D performance.
Faster than both the 7900GS and X1950PRO
HDCP compliant for future HD-DVD and so on
A couple Dual Link DVI ports and HD TV-Out
512MB of memory helps
Comes with full version game
Free CD wallet
Overclocking not all that exciting
Money better spent elsewhere
Cooler a little loud in 3D mode
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Rating - 7 out of 10