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Conclusion

Having tested ASUS’ EN7900GS Top and EN7950GT graphics cards, we can state that these two products are not equal to each other.

The EN7900GS Top indeed ensures an average performance growth of nearly 20% over the standard GeForce 7900 GS, yet this is not enough in most cases to reach the level of the GeForce 7950 GT. In some tests the EN7900GS Top is much slower which can be explained by its having half the amount of graphics memory as well as fewer active GPU subunits than in the EN7950GT. This can be seen in Call of Duty 2, Serious Sam 2 and Age of Empires 3: The War Chiefs. Thus, the GeForce 7900 GS can’t make a good replacement to the GeForce 7950 GT even if well overclocked. But for the Radeon X1950 Pro the ASUS EN7900GS Top is a dangerous opponent as it is considerably faster across a number of games.

As for the ASUS EN7950GT, it is an ordinary GeForce 7950 GT with all the consequences. It is competitive against the Radeon X1900 XT in some cases, yet the comparison is not quite correct due to the difference in the amount of graphics memory, and is at least as fast as the Radeon X1950 Pro (and even outperforms it greatly in such games as Neverwinter Nights 2, Call of Duty 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, and some others). The EN7950GT has a high overclocking potential. We overclocked our sample of the card to the level of the GeForce 7900 GTX, although we aren’t sure all samples can conquer such frequencies.

The two products from ASUS we’ve described in this review lack originality. They are both based on the reference design and differ from the reference cards in the color of the PCB only. Both cards come with reference coolers and with not too many accessories (but the interesting game Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter is included with them). The EN7900GS Top may be a good choice if you don’t want to overclock your graphics card and if its price is considerably lower than that of the EN7950GT. Otherwise you should buy the EN7950GT – it is going to satisfy you for sure.

ASUS EN7950GT

Highs:

  • High performance for the solution of this class;
  • High performance in OpenGL applications;
  • Large video memory compared against Radeon X1900 XT 256MB;
  • Low level of generated noise;
  • Low power consumption;
  • Excellent overclocking potential;
  • Compact size compared against Radeon X1900 XT/X1950 Pro.

Lows:

  • Yields to Radeon X1900 XT in most tests;
  • Lower quality anisotropic filtering than that of the competitor’s solution;
  • No simultaneous support for FSAA and FP HDR;
  • Only one DVI-I→D-Sub adapter in the bundle.

ASUS EN7900GS Top

Highs:

  • Outstanding performance for a GeForce 7900GS based solution;
  • High performance in OpenGL applications;
  • Low level of generated noise;
  • Low power consumption;
  • Compact size compared against Radeon X1900 XT/X1950 Pro.

Lows:

  • Almost null overclocking potential;
  • Lower quality anisotropic filtering than that of the competitor’s solution;
  • No simultaneous support for FSAA and FP HDR;
  • Only one DVI-I→D-Sub adapter in the bundle.
 
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