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Conclusion

Boasting higher performance in comparison with the GeForce 7900 GT, the Nvidia GeForce 7950 GT graphics card hasn’t achieved a victory over its market opponents. So if you want to buy a GeForce 7950 GT or a same-class alternative from ATI, you should decide what games you are planning to run and check out the results of the cards in those games.

It’s hard to say anything about the GeForce 7950 GT in comparison with the Radeon X1900 XT because we don’t have a 256MB version of the latter card whereas its original version is equal to or better than the GeForce 7900 GTX. The Radeon X1900 XT 256MB is probably going to have the same performance except for extreme resolutions and FSAA and for games that need over 256MB of memory at the max level of detail. The Radeon X1900 XT 256MB also provides a high-quality anisotropic filtering that can only be matched by Nvidia’s expensive GeForce 8800 GTX and 8800 GTS card as yet. Moreover, the Radeon X1900 XT 256MB comes at a lower recommended price: $259 against the GeForce 7950 GT’s $299.

Anyway, GeForce 7950 GT is a good graphics card. Offering rather high performance, it is small, almost silent and power efficient which makes it more suitable than the Radeon X1900 XT 256MB for compact system cases or barebone systems. Its superb support for OpenGL must also be mentioned as it is important for OpenGL games like Prey, Quake 4 or Pacific Fighters.

The position of the GeForce 7950 GT on the market today seems somewhat insecure, but its price may decline dramatically after the arrival of the new Nvidia GeForce 8800 family. In this case the GeForce 7950 GX2 and 7900 GTX will get cheaper and push the GeForce 7950 GT into the market niche currently occupied by the GeForce 7900 GS. The Radeon X1950 Pro will have a dangerous rival then.

Highs:

  • High performance in OpenGL applications
  • Larger amount of graphics memory in comparison with the Radeon X1900 XT 256MB
  • Supports hardware decoding of H.264 and other HD video formats
  • Low noise level
  • Low power consumption
  • Good overclockability
  • Small PCB (in comparison with the Radeon X1900 XT)
  • Dual-link DVI

Lows:

  • Slower than the Radeon X1900 XT in a majority of benchmarks
  • Lower anisotropic filtering quality than what the competing Radeon provides
  • Does not support FSAA and FP16 HDR simultaneously
  • More expensive than the Radeon X1900 XT 256MB
 
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