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Conclusion

The results of our today’s Nvidia GeForce 7600 GT test session suggest that it is one of the best mainstream solutions today. Besides the relatively high performance for a product of the kind, this graphics accelerator boasts small dimensions, simple design, low power consumption and heat dissipation. All this was possible due to the specially designed G73 GPU, which turned into a very powerful weapon. At this time, ATI has nothing but the relatively heavy-weight Radeon X1800 GTO with the higher-end component base to oppose to the G730 based products from Nvidia.

I can’t state at this time who is the absolute performance leader: GeForce 7600 GT or Radeon X1800 GTO. These solutions boast comparable performance shifting either way depending on the type of gaming applications. The games using OpenGL, stencil shadows or optimizations for the GeForce 7 architecture are a definite trump of the GeForce 7600 GT. However, if high-speed math1ematical calculations or fast work with the memory subsystem are required (when we enabled FSAA, for instance), Radeon X1800 GTO takes the lead. The choice here depends solely on the type of games you prefer.

Radeon X1800 GTO boasts one serious advantage such as simultaneous FSAA and HDR support, however, its performance is not high enough for this work mode. Moreover, this graphics accelerator is very long and requires additional power supply, while GeForce 7600 GT is free from these extras.

As for the particular XFX GeForce 7600 GT XXX Edition solution we tested today, it offers notably higher performance than the reference graphics card thanks to higher nominal GPU and memory clock speeds. As a result, it outperforms Radeon X1800 GTO in most benchmarks and sometimes competes successfully with Radeon X1800 XL and even Radeon X1900 GT. So far, this is the fastest GeForce 7600 GT we have seen.

Other than that, this solution is very similar to the reference product from Nvidia. It uses the same cooling system, which is pretty noisy and not very efficient. However, this will hardly be a serious bottleneck, because of the low power consumption and the opportunity to adjust fan rotation speed.

Since the card has already been pre-overclocked by the manufacturer, it hardly has any overclocking potential left, so it won’t be of any interest to overclocking fans, I assume. If you use water-cooling system instead of the reference one and/or modify the graphics card voltage regulator circuitry, you may be able to push its frequency a bit higher. However, we tend to address overclocking basing on the “safe and reasonable” concept. From this prospective, XFX GeForce 7600 GT XXX Edition cannot boast much.

As for the package bundle, I would consider it to be pretty scarce especially for a solution with “XXX Edition” in the product name. However, everything you might need is present, and you will even get a Starship Troopers shooter as a free gift. A good game coming with a mainstream graphics card is definitely a plus in XFX’s favor.

Highs:

  • Higher GPU and memory frequencies;
  • High performance for solutions of this class;
  • Excellent performance in OpenGL games and a few others;
  • Transparent textures anti-aliasing;
  • Hardware H.264 and other HD formats decoding;
  • Low power consumption;
  • Requires no additional power supply;
  • Compact size;
  • Dual-link DVI support (1 port).

Lows:

  • High level of noise in 3D mode;
  • Inefficient cooling system;
  • No cooling for overclocked memory;
  • No overclocking potential left.
 
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