Feeds
85%

Nvidia GeForce 7950 GT graphics chip

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

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

It's got Infineon DRAMs. Usual supplier Samsung didn't make the grade this time, with Nvidia choosing the HYB18H512321AF-14 devices instead. With a 512Mb density, each is rated at a 1.4ns refresh cycle, that's around 715MHz or so. Nvidia runs them at 700MHz, of course.

nvidia geforce 7950 gt front

The PCB is nothing we haven't seen before, with Nvidia asking that you connect up an external power connector when you use a 7950 GT, as all 79xx products have before it. Despite just a regular power and ground connection for fan power, Nvidia certainly gets away with calling the cooler revised, the board making much less noise than your author remembers older 7900 GTs making. Indeed, I ran back-to-back tests with 7900 GT and 7950 GT to check.

Both DVI ports are dual-link capable and support HDCP. Board partners can't wiggle out of that either - all 7950 GTs from all partners will support the copy protection standard on both ports. We didn't check on the HDCP support but we did hook up a Dell 3007 WFP to the board's ports - both of 'em - to make sure the dual-link was working, and it was.

nvidia geforce 7950 gt back

You can SLI a pair of them if you feel frisky and with single-slot coolers you might even get away with doing so in smaller form-factor systems. Power draw we figure to be around 85W or so, depending on load condition, although we can't be 100 per cent conclusive. It's a shame Nvidia didn't provide a pair of samples - we'd have been able to check on that a bit better, but we're sure we're not far off.

Nvidia released a 'new' 91.47 for testing the 7950 GT after the release of the same driver for 7900 GS a week or so ago. However, bar a change to the .inf file and the corresponding catalogue file to include the right device ID and whatnot, everything's identical between the releases for x86 and x86-64.

We ran each benchmark a trio of times, discarding the outer results and reporting the middle one. If any of the three results looked erroneous, we threw all three away until we could collect three within the margin of statistical error. Any major attempts needed to get three reliable results we let you know about, of course. Apart from that, things are as noted on the graphs and in the graph commentary.

Rivatuner confirms clocks and GPU configuration:

nvidia geforce 7950 gt rivatuner

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 is least popular Cupertino mobile OS in all of HUMAN HISTORY
'Nerd release' finally staggers past 50 per cent adoption
Tim Cook: The classic iPod HAD TO DIE, and this is WHY
Apple, er, couldn’t get parts for HDD models
Apple spent just ONE DOLLAR beefing up the latest iPad Air 2
New iPads look a lot like the old one. There's a reason for that
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
Microsoft fitness bands slapped on wrists: All YOUR HEALTH DATA are BELONG TO US
Wearable will deliver 'actionable insights for healthier living'
Lawyers mobilise angry mob against Apple over alleged 2011 Macbook Pro crapness
We suffered 'random bouts of graphical distortion' - fanbois
Caterham Seven 160 review: The Raspberry Pi of motoring
Back to driving's basics with a joyously legal high
Back to the ... drawing board: 'Hoverboard' will disappoint Marty McFly wannabes
Buzzing board (and some future apps) leave a lot to be desired
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Simplify SSL certificate management across the enterprise
Simple steps to take control of SSL across the enterprise, and recommendations for a management platform for full visibility and single-point of control for these Certificates.