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eVGA e-GeForce 7900GS KO

eVGA e-GeForce 7900GS KO

Postby rippinchikkin » Tue Jun 19, 2007 12:13 am

<img src="http://techgage.com/images/news/evga_7900gsko_logo.gif" align="right" alt="eVGA e-GeForce 7900GS KO"></img> eVGA e-GeForce 7900GS KO
By Rob Williams
June 18, 2007

Gamers. They want to do what they do best, without having to take out a small loan to do it. Of course, I am exaggerating, but when top-end GPU's cost upwards of $500 - $800, it does make you consider some ridiculous things. Luckily, for gamers on a budget there are many other options available, one of which we will be taking a look at today.

NVIDIA launched their 7900 GS series late last year alongside their slightly beefier 7950 GT cards. At that time, 7900 GS cards retailed for an average of ~$200. Given the normal progression of things, it has since gone down in price to settle closer to $150. Some e-tailers offer even lower prices if you take advantage of mail-in-rebates.

The immediate question is, should you opt for the 7950GT which retails for only $50 more? Considering that many who are looking for a lower-end card are on a strict budget, then probably not. While I no longer have a 7950GT card to test with, I do have the next best thing, a 7900GT. Though it's easier to find 7950GTs for sale, we are simply using that card as a basis for comparison.

Closer Look: The stock speeds of the 7900 GS are 450MHz on the core and 1320MHz on the memory, but eVGA's KO version utilizes speeds of 500MHz and 1380MHz respectively. It utilizes a 256-Bit memory bus and also 256MB of GDDR3. By comparison, eVGA's own 7950 GT offers clocks of 560MHz on the core and 1450MHz on the memory.
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Postby Grav!ty » Tue Jun 19, 2007 2:16 am

I have both the 7900 GT (256 MB) and the 7900 GS (512 MB). Both are 256-Bit. They are excellent cards and I am hard pressed to find a reason to buy a 8800 GTS...well, except for the DX10 support and ofcourse the other improvements to the technology, like the massive number of pixel pipelines and the new shader model it uses.

It's always difficult to keep up with technology...no sooner has one upgraded than a newer, better, faster, chip is put on the market :-?
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