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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 7900GS Extreme


The GeForce 7900GS is one of the best bang for buck cards you can buy at the moment as far as we are concerned. It's safe to assume this card will pop up a fair bit since a lot of people purchased it as something to do them over till the new 8800 series arrives.


Majority cards offer a huge overclock which gives a massive performance. If you're on the prowl for a 7900GS we would recommend that you find out what kind of overclock they had so you don't get yourself a dud.



The XFX model we have with us is the "Extreme" variant which has a bump in the core and memory. It's not a huge deal with what these cards can generally offer when it comes to overclocking but if you can pick something up pre-overclocked, you may as well.


The default spec on the 7900GS is 450MHz core and 1320MHz DDR memory. 256MB DDR3 is the most common variant with 512MB DDR3 models just beginning to pop up. The particular model from XFX comes clocked at 480MHz on the core and 1400MHz DDR on the memory.


MSI 7900GT


The 7900GT was clearly one of the best cards around for a long time. Unfortunately certain companies just tried to overclock them too much that they ended up copping quite a bad rep due to the high failure rate that followed.


Your best bet for the 7900GT is to try and pick up something that hasn't really been overclocked too much. The main target for this market is going to be people with SLI motherboards and already have a 7900GT. You're going to be able to go SLI get an excellent performance boost and not break the bank massively.



Like the 7900GS, the 7900GT also offers a 450MHz core and 1320MHz DDR memory. DDR3 is used like all the nVidia cards we have here. There are also a number of different variations of the 7900GT which was to be expected with it being as popular as it was. We have the standards clocked 256MB DDR3 model, overclocked 256MB DDR3 models, overclocked 512MB DDR3 models and stock and overclocked 256MB DDR3 VIVO models. These cards will be one of the most common to be found but we would highly recommend that you check out the warranty with the card, is there still one? Is it transferable?


The MSI card we have here today is stock clocked and offers 256MB of DDR3 memory.

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


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