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Nvidia GeForce 7950 GT graphics chip

Can Nvidia's top-end single-GPU board cut it?

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Review Earlier this month, Nvidia announced two new mid-range to high-end GPUs, launching one with immediate availability. The GeForce 7900 GS was well received, doing a passable impression of the more expensive GeForce 7900 GT for less money and at reasonable resolutions. A sweet little product for those with about £130-150 to spend, we reckon. The other product was GeForce 7950 GT, set to replace the 7900 GT that the 7900 GS does a sweet job of impersonating.

As we noted t'other week, the 7950 GT has a core speed of 550MHz core and 512MB of DDR3 memory with a true speed of 700MHz (1.4GHz effective). The only real puzzles left being where it fits in with regards to performance, and what the new reference cooler is like - we didn't get a chance to see it with 7900 GS.

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Faintly silly name aside - 7900 GT 512 sits better with us - the 7950 GT looks set to do Good Things at its expected $299-349 price point. We compare it to the 7900 GT for obvious reasons, the 7900 GTX as the next rung up on the Nvidia ladder, and also to ATI's Radeon X1900 XT - the 512MB one - as the main competition in the $299-349 space.

Ready to check out the full G71-sporting, 550/700-clocked, 512MiB-carrying, HDCP-protected, supposedly quiet new NVIDIA assault on the top end of the mid-range? Hold on to your tighty whiteys then, pixel fans, as we do just that.

Nvidia dropped the reference board by this time, letting us check out their new cooler revision in action at the same time as we checked out the board's performance.

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