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Conclusion

Gigabyte Radeon X1900 XTX and Gigabyte GeForce 7900 GTX graphics cards made a very decent impression although they couldn’t boast any extraordinary features, like Sapphire Toxic Radeon X1900 XTX, for instance (for details see our article called Radeon without Antidote: Sapphire Toxic Radeon X1900 XTX Review). These two solutions are the common representatives of the Radeon x1900 XTX and GeForce 7900 GTX families with all the typical highs and lows.

In particular, Gigabyte Radeon x1900 XTX demonstrates excellent performance in applications that require high shader processing speed and deal with complex math1ematical calculations, but gives in in tasks with high fillrate requirements. Among its major advantages we should certainly mention 48 pixel processors and extremely efficient memory subsystem with ring bus memory controller as well as simultaneous support of FSAA and HDR (FP16).

Gigabyte GeForce 7900 GTX feels great in games using OpenGL and rendering techniques benefiting from GeForce 6/7 architecture. Namely, these techniques include stencil shadows. Also, the 24 TMUs it has guarantee high performance in scenes with high-resolution textures and/or shaders containing a lot of texture samples. A great example of a game like that is Serious Sam 2.

To cut the long story short, Gigabyte Radeon X1900 XTX and Gigabyte GeForce 7900 GTX have their advantages and drawbacks and it all depends on the game. The performance of Gigabyte’s both flagship solutions is quite high for gaming with enabled full-screen antialiasing, however if we look at them from the long-term prospective, then the ATI R580 model will be preferable, because the shader effects with complex math1ematical calculations is going to grow bigger with the time.

As for the peculiarities of these two particular graphics solutions, there are not too many of them worth mentioning here. I would certainly like to point out great packaging design and free games included with the cards. And although Gigabyte GeForce 7900 GTX comes bundled with only one free game, the quality of the game makes up for the single title included. I have the feeling that they could have made a bit richer bundle for the high-end cards like that, but if you do not really care about the availability of free software, then either of these cards may become a great choice for you.

Gigabyte GV-RX19X512VB

Highs:

  • High performance in most games;
  • Transparent textures anti-aliasing;
  • Hardware H.264 and other HD formats decoding;
  • Dual-link DVI support;
  • VIVO support;
  • Sufficient accessories bundle.

Lows:

  • High level of generated noise;
  • High power consumption;
  • OpenGL performance is lower than that of the rival.

Gigabyte GV-NX79X512DB

Highs:

  • High performance in most games;
  • High OpenGL performance;
  • Transparent textures anti-aliasing;
  • Hardware H.264 and other HD formats decoding;
  • Relatively low power consumption and heat dissipation;
  • Quiet cooling system;
  • Dual-link DVI support.

Lows:

  • Very scarce bundle without all necessary cables.
 
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