XFX Geforce 7900 GS Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by thorgal @ 2006-09-18

There are people on this planet that will spend over $1000 dollar on a graphics subsystem. But there are far more people around that just want to spend about $200-250 on an excellent, allround graphics card. If you fit in the last category, The XFX 7900GS might very well be the card you're looking for...

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When XFX, a division of Pine technologies, offered us the chance to review one of their brand new products, of course we couldn't decline the offer. Actually this is the very first review of an XFX product, and we at Madshrimps are very proud today to present you the on September 6th released graphics card from nVidia, the 7900GS.

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Founded in 1989, PINE Technology designs, develops, manufactures and distributes high-quality digital audio and video devices as well as computer peripherals. PINE also distributes branded computer and communications products. XFX is a division of Pine, and is a so called Authorized Board Partner of Nvidia. XFX has also been a very quick launch partner lately: it had the very first 7900GS cards available here in Belgium, and repeated that again this week with the 7950GT.

The XFX bundle

The card we received from XFX came with a standard, but complete bundle.

Besides the card, the following items were found inside the box :

  • Driver CD
  • DVI -> VGA adapter
  • PCIe -> standard molex adapter
  • S-video cable
  • Multilanguage manual

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    The bundle provided by XFX for their 7900GS

    As you see, all the necessary items are present, but no more than that. We do find an overclock tool on the driver cd, a version of Acrobat Reader and 4 game demos. A full game is noteworthy absent, and is a slight drawback. For me personally, included games have never been an incentive to buy, but for you this might be different.

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    Comment from piotke @ 2006/09/17
    Good work Thorgal !
    Comment from Sidney @ 2006/09/17
    This card OCs very well. Nicely done Thorgal
    Comment from thorgal @ 2006/09/18
    Thanks guys.

    I enjoyed testing this card, as I always like products that are able to run a bit above their spec

    Question remains whether you go for a 7900GT or this card, but I can tell you that without vmods the XFX is faster. It's all a question of how far you're willing to go...
    Comment from Sidney @ 2006/09/21
    My card shows artifacts after a couple weeks of use at default speed
    Comment from jmke @ 2006/09/27
    return for RMA!
    Comment from Sidney @ 2006/11/17
    I did; and received another one that has been working fine for a month No time to play any game since last summer.