XFX GeForce 7950 GX2 XXX Edition Video Card Review :: XFX 7950 GX2 XXX Edition Layout

06-06-2006 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Doc Overclock
XFX GeForce 7950GX2 XXX Edition
 
XFX GeForce 7950 GX2 XXX Edition Video Card Review
Brand XFX
Model 7950 GX2 XXX Edition
Graphics Chip G71
Graphics Memory Type DDR3
Memory (MB) 1GB (512x512)
Graphics Core Clock (MHz) 570
Memory Clock (MHz) 1550
Memory Speed (ns) 1.6
RAMDAC Frequency (MHz) Dual 400
Active Cooling on Graphics Chip Yes
Heatsink on Memory Yes
Video Capture Yes
Ports
Dual Monitor Support Yes
VGA Out DVI-Ix2
Video In and Out S-Video Out
Package and Support
Printed Manual Yes
Driver CD Yes
Performance Tool Software Coolbits
Major Games Tomb Raider Legends
Major Software None
VR Glasses No
DVD Player Software None
Video Recording Software N/A

Being that the 7980GX2 is basically two 7900 cards sandwiched together it has a kind of funky, yet cool new look to it. Gone are the giant sized heatsinks of yesterday, and welcome in the new era of smaller heatsinks and fans for the NVIDIA 7950 card lineup. The cards use a micro-fin system between the cards to help dissipate the heat of two cards so close together. The fins do an adequate job although the card did get a bit hot in an enclosed system. The cooling fins almost look like scrap metal just thrown in the middle of the two cards, but they are made a bit better than that, I hope.


XFX GeForce 7950 GX2 XXX Edition Video Card Review
XFX GeForce 7950 GX2 XXX Edition Video Card Review
XFX GeForce 7950 GX2 XXX Edition Video Card Review
XFX GeForce 7950 GX2 XXX Edition Video Card Review

Lucky for us users instead of having a separate power connector for each card the new 7950 series only has one power connector, which is a very positive thing in my book considering power requirements are at 143 watts per 7950 card as it is. The look of the card is not much of a variance from NVIDIA's reference design and other than a few Logo labels its almost identical to NVIDIA's stock jobber. One thing I took notice of right away though was the cars lack of capacitors, in comparison with most cards there are a sparse amount to be seen on the XFX 7950GX2 and unlike some cards of old the capacitors are not in any place they can be knocked off just by installing the card in the PCIe slot. No problem of that with this card.


XFX GeForce 7950 GX2 XXX Edition Video Card Review
XFX GeForce 7950 GX2 XXX Edition Video Card Review
XFX GeForce 7950 GX2 XXX Edition Video Card Review
XFX GeForce 7950 GX2 XXX Edition Video Card Review

The cards take up two slots and in SLI mode will occupy four, which is something that may pose a problem for some, but most high-end cards have been two slot hogs for quite some time now. The card is not as big as the Gigabyte 3D1 cards, and for those of you familiar with those cards you know what I am talking about. The 3D1 cards were big, bulky and heavy to boot. The XFX 7950 shows none of these traits and is surprisingly light and easy to work with, especially for a card geared at the top slot of the VGA food chain. Overall the card looks good and is ergonomic in its design as to not be un-user friendly. The rear I/O offers dual DVI connectors as well as an HDTV connection; this is in case you want to hook your PC up to a big-screen digital TV or other acceptable source. If you do not have a digital DVI monitor there are included adapters for older analog only connections. That's what it looks like, but what about the features, lets move on.


XFX GeForce 7950 GX2 XXX Edition Video Card Review