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Still, compared with the GeForce 7900 GX2, which can hardly be used (and is not even available) outside the ready quad SLI systems, the new GeForce 7950 GX2 is a huge step forward. The new Nvidia graphics accelerator is quite compact in size to fit into a standard PC case, boasts unique performance for a single graphics card and supports FSAA modes that have always been the privilege of expensive SLI and CrossFire systems. Moreover, it has quite a bit of potential to be used within a quad SLI platform later on and thus to ensure an even higher level of performance.

The solution is not free from a few drawbacks, but it is typical of any new technology. So we hope that Nvidia will eventually eliminate the compatibility issues and the user will get the best high-end graphics accelerator. Moreover, the launch of GeForce 7950 GX2 may stimulate ATI to release something of the kind, and the end-user will definitely benefit from the competition in this market segment.

Highs:

  • Unprecedented performance in most applications;
  • Excellent speed in OpenGL applications;
  • Well-balanced architecture (48 pixel processors, 48 TMUs and 32 ROPs);
  • Reserves for the future: the applications have 512MB of memory at their disposal;
  • Transparent textures anti-aliasing;
  • Hardware H.264 and other HD formats decoding;
  • Low level of noise;
  • Good overclocking potential;
  • Dual-link DVI support.

Lows:

  • Depends on Nvidia SLI support in the games and drivers;
  • Doesn’t support FSAA and HDR (FP16) at the same time;
  • Limited compatibility with contemporary mainboards;
  • Inconvenient multi-monitor support implementation;
  • High power consumption.
 
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