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EVGA GeForce 7900 GS KO review

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The EVGA GeForce 7900 GS KO

The EVGA GeForce 7900 GS KO

If you are expecting a 'Made in USA' logo on the EVGA GeForce 7900 GS KO by virtue of its American origins, you will be sorely disappointed. Like almost everything nowadays, the EVGA GeForce 7900 GS KO is manufactured in China. The green PCB is rather typical while the design looks to follow the reference board. The cooler is slightly larger than the default and it is similar to the one found on the MSI, cooling the memory modules along with the core. The fan itself, like most GeForce 7900 GS cards, was suitably quiet, as it didn't need to spin too fast.

With its orientation towards enthusiasts, it was not surprising that the EVGA comes overclocked by default. The core itself is at 500MHz, which is in line with other overclocked editions in the market. At 1380MHz DDR, the memory modules are also quite modestly overclocked so while one should get a significant leap in performance compared to the reference board, expect the margins to be less than 10%. However, with the prices of overclocked GeForce 7900 GS just a tad more expensive than the normal versions, getting that extra performance seems like the wiser choice.

The EVGA GeForce 7900 GS KO also comes with HDCP support. Although this feature has not been mandated by NVIDIA on this GPU SKU, quite a few vendors have opted to include this for their GeForce 7900 GS cards, more so when they are special editions. With high definition content yet to take off in the region, HDCP support is something that is nice to have but it's not exactly a must. Many consumers will never use their computers to watch HD content and even if they intend to, many will be upgrading to a newer graphics card before that happens so that point may be moot.

Now, here's some background information about the various support and service policies from EVGA that made them their name. First, the lifetime warranty is not valid in Singapore; instead the distributor has replaced it with the more common local practice of a two-year warranty. This will certainly be disappointing news for most enthusiasts but with EVGA's confidence in its products, we are sure that the EVGA GeForce 7900 GS KO should last quite a while. Next, EVGA's Step-up program, which allows users to trade in their existing EVGA graphics card for a newer model within 3 months of the original purchase by topping up the price difference, also does not apply locally. We were also disappointed that the bundled game, Hitman: Blood Money is not included in the local version of the EVGA GeForce 7900 GS KO at the moment. However, we've been informed that later shipping batches would have the bundled game intact, so do check up with the distributor on that aspect. At least the accessories will present and they were a useful bunch along with a few demo applications, as shown in our list below:

  • 2 x DVI-to-VGA adaptors
  • 9-pin mini-DIN to Component dongle
  • S-Video extension cable
  • 6-pin PCIe to 4-pin Molex power plug converter
  • Driver CD
  • User Manual
  • Beyond Media (Demo)
  • Ulead DVD MovieFactory 3 Disc Creator (Demo)
  • Hitman: Blood Money (full game - available on later batches)