few generations of graphics products have seen both
ATI and Nvidia locked in a battle to get sales from
the discerning buyer. This has obviously benefited
the consumer and the state of the market today is
exceptionally healthy from low end to high end.
A popular card falling into the mid to high end
sector is Nvidia's 7900 GT and today we are taking
a look at the MSI version . ATI's competiting product
is the X1900GT and we have two retail X1900 GT's
in for testing today, first up is Powercolor and
we'll also take a look at the Connect 3D version
to see if experiences differ depending on the brand
MSI's 7900 GT is a relatively
small card as the following image shows. Its also
nice to see that as well as a reasonably small
PCB the card features a relatively small cooler
(copper). There is however no cooling on the memory.
As with the higher end GTX part the 7900 GT does
require an external power source and the connector
can be found in the top right of the card. Core
speed on the 7900GT is 450Mhz.
The eight DDR3 memory chips
are manufactured by Samsung and in 3d operation
are clocked at 660mhz. All are located on the
front of the card and in fact the rear of the
card is relatively plain.
Display outputs on the
MSI 7900GT come in the form of two DVI outputs
and a tv out which is capable of HDTV and S-video
MSI's packaging is good.
The front of the box gives some basic information
on the card such as the amount of memory and display
outputs. When the box is opened we find the card
is stored securely by foam and the extra cables
are well packaged too. Underneath the main part
of the box we also find the various software CD's
containing drivers, game (King Kong) and applications.
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