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Conclusion

No doubt that the new Nvidia graphics card positioned for the $299 price segment is an extremely successful solution. GeForce 7900 GT inherited all the good features of the GeForce 7800 GTX, but at the same time turned out less complex, less expensive and much more economical thanks to the new G71 GPU.

The newcomer proved just great during our real-time test session. In most tasks it outperformed Radeon X1800 XL and in some of them it competed on equal terms with a more powerful Radeon X1800 XT. Of course, 24 TMUs it features helped a lot to achieve this success, because it resulted in higher fillrate – an important parameter for games rich in texturing samples. This feature combined with about 48W of power consumption (which is much lower than by GeForce 7800 GT and Radeon X1800 XL) and excellent overclocking potential give all every right to award GeForce 7900 GT with a title of the best $299 graphics card in the today’s market.

So, if Nvidia’s partners manage to establish regular large-quantity supplies of the new GeForce 7900 GT based products, a lot of users will most likely prefer the newcomers to the Radeon X1800 GTO and XL based solutions. And in some cases, they may even give up Radeon X1800 XT…

Highs:

  • High performance in most applications
  • High performance in OpenGL
  • Well-balanced architecture (24 pixel processors for 24 TMUs)
  • Transparent textures anti-aliasing
  • Great overclocking potential
  • Low power consumption and heat dissipation
  • Compact size
  • Dual-link DVI support
  • Low price ($299)

Lows:

  • High noise level
  • Inefficient cooling system
  • No simultaneous support for FSAA and HDR
 
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