GIGABYTE 7900GS TurboForce GV-NX79G256DP-RH Review :: Introduction

11-20-2006 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Benjamin Sun

The last two weeks have seen three new and exciting product launches that have redefined computing in many ways, the launch of the GeForce 8800 series, the nForce 680i launch and the launch of the Quad Core QX6700 CPU from Intel. The idea of four processor cores, the advent of DirectX 10 video cards and the newest NVIDIA motherboard chipset bring an unparalleled evolution of computing not seen since the release of the Pentium and the Voodoo 3D card.

The high-end video card market is now controlled by the 8800GTX and 8800GTS, as their performance and features outstrip anything from the competition at the moment. The market for $600+ video cards has opened up new revenue streams for NVIDIA. The bulk of video card sales are in the under $200 range, and NVIDIA has not launched a DirectX 10 card for that price range as of yet.

GIGABYTE has released a new video card for this price range, the GeForce 7900GS TurboForce card. It should be an interesting review, as the card is overclocked to a very high degree out of the box. What we're looking for in the 7900GS is a high-performance part that isn't going to take out your wallet like the NVIDIA 8800GTX or GTS, but still offer features that matter for today.