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Inno3D GeForce 7900 GTX 512MB review

Inno3D GeForce 7900 GTX 512MB

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The Inno3D GeForce 7900 GTX 512MB

The Inno3D GeForce 7900 GTX 512MB

With all the GeForce 7900 GTX cards in the market more or less reference models, the highest end product from NVIDIA is actually quite boring in terms of variety. Of course there are still premium versions that boast of even higher clock speeds but the physical appearance is unchanged except for the inevitable decals and company logos. Inno3D's GeForce 7900 GTX is however one of the standard models, meaning that its G71 core is clocked at 650MHz while its 1.1ns rated memory chips run at 1600MHz DDR. These high clock speeds separate the GTX from the less powerful GeForce 7900 GT as both 7900 series cards use the same core and hence have a similar number of vertex and pixel pipelines (8 and 24 respectively).

These high clock speeds also mean that the giant dual slot cooler on the GeForce 7900 GTX is a necessity. While it may eat into the adjacent slot and render it useless, the large heatsinks on the cooler ensures that NVIDIA was able to use a slower spinning fan and hence reduce the noise emission. Comparing the ASUS GeForce 7900 GTX that we have in our labs, the Inno3D tended to spin slightly slower than the ASUS and therefore, noise is unlikely to be an issue.

You should also remember that these high-end cards require substantially more power than its lesser counterparts so a separate Molex connector is found. The power cable is included in the bundle and while the card may still boot up without connecting the power cable to your power supply, performance will be greatly degraded to say the least. Finally, as NVIDIA's stated aim for the GeForce 7900 GTX is to enable High Definition (HD) gaming on large displays. As such, the Inno3D GeForce 7900 GTX comes with dual link DVI-I connectors to make this vision a reality. However, if you intend this card to make the transition to the HD era, then perish the thought, as like virtually all other discrete graphics cards marketed by both ATI and NVIDIA, this card is not truly HDCP compliant so it won't play back HD content on a monitor at its highest quality. So be leery of this shortcoming despite its marketing claims.

Inno3D products are generally slightly less expensive than its competitors, but not at the expense of its quality. Rather, similar to the approach taken by other vendors like GeCube, Inno3D prefers to offer less frills, hence the competitive pricing. Therefore, even the NVIDIA flagship GeForce 7900 GTX comes only with a barely adequate bundle, consisting of DVD related applications and a budget game title by the way of Delta Force Xtreme. The accessories fortunately are comprehensive enough, though overall this is hardly a fitting bundle for such a high-end graphics card, especially when compared to some of its competitors. Hopefully, this will be reflected in a lower retail price. Here's a bulleted list of package contents just to recap:-

  • 2 x DVI-to-VGA adaptors
  • 9-pin mini-DIN to Component dongle
  • S-Video to Composite cable
  • 6-pin PCIe to 4-pin Molex power plug converter
  • Driver CD
  • InterVideo Win DVD & WinDVD Creator
  • Delta Force Xtreme (full game)