Forsa Geforce 7900GT Video Card Review

Bosco - 2006-11-16 22:24:45 in Video Cards
Category: Video Cards
Reviewed by: Bosco   
Reviewed on: September 8, 2006
Forsa
GF City Computers

Introduction

Is it me or are these new videocard names just getting bigger and bigger?! Whatever happened to the days of the Geforce 2? It seems as if companies are using a series numbers to name their cards now. I dread the day when I will walk up to the counter and ask for a “ Geforce 234 659GTXX ”. Forsa, a company that not many people have heard of, has finally emerged into mainstream electronics. They offer medium, as well as high end, videocards and are trying to compete with other mid grade manufactures. We will be looking at its 7900GT, which is one of the higher end Nvidia based cards, the so-called little sister of the fabled 7900GTX.

Closer Look

When I got home with my new toy, I was eager to just rip it open and install it in my computer. Though, as always, I took a second to inspect the packaging for defects or shipping/handling damage. I was pleased to see that the box was in good shape and appeared to have been treated well.


Now it was time to crack open the package and take a look at my new baby. This card comes packaged with the TV adaptor unit, a PCI-E Power connector that splits into two Molex connectors, two DVI-Dsub converters, along with the manual and driver disc.


The card itself comes with 2 DVI ports and a TV Out port on the back; this seems to be the chosen standard on all high end cards now.

Closer Look Continued

The card comes with a beefy copper GPU cooler with a near silent fan on it; this cooler is affixed with 4 screws. There was, however, no cooling provided for the RAM on this card, which was a mild disappointment.




Being a fairly power hungry card, it also ships with a PCI-E power plug on the side of the card. This is to provide the beast with the power it needs.


When looking in from the side of this card, you can see that the cooler is composed of a copper plate that is affixed to the GPU, with folded copper fins that comprise the rest of the cooling surface.

 


As you can see, there is clear wrap on the video card’s cooling system that says “Please Remove Before You Use.”


Installation

Installation of a videocard is pretty straightforward, and this 7900GT is no exception. Simply shut down your computer, remove the side panel, remove the retention screw from your old card, pull out the previous card, and plug the new one into the slot. Remember that this card uses an auxiliary power connector. If your Power Supply does not have the proper connector to plug into the card, Forsa has provided an adaptor that you can use that will use two Molex plugs instead. Once you get the card installed and have your computer all buttoned up, simply boot it up, uninstall your old videocard drivers, and install the new ones off the disc. In my case, I chose to go to the Nvidia website and get a copy of their latest driver revision. Now I was ready to get onto the REAL testing of this baby.

Specifications

Product Specifications
Key Features

Testing

We ran this card through our standard array of videocard benchmarks. Test system and results follow.
Testing Setup

Benchmark: Quake 4









Quake 4 is a game that is based on the Doom 3 engine. It is not exactly new, but the maxed out shadows and light effects are still quite demanding on the graphics card. It beat the other cards in the testing at all 3 resolutions, and topped the 7600GT by a good 20 frames per second.

Benchmark: Far Cry








Farcry was a definite candidate in benchmarking the 7900GT because of its unique shaders, shadows and effects. Although this is an older game, it stresses most video cards on the market, including the most recent ones. As the resolutions increase, the 7900GT leaves the other cards in the dust when it came to framerates.

Benchmark: F.E.A.R









FEAR is one of the most graphically demanding games on the market at the moment, with an arrangement of eye candy, and a multitude of high-end settings. The 7900GT once again takes the gold in all 3 resolutions tested.

Benchmark: Doom 3









Doom 3 has been around for quite some time, but its graphics engine was top when it first came out. A few more recent games are still using the Doom 3 engine, such as Quake 4 and Prey.

Benchmark: Call of Duty 2









Call of Duty 2 is a newer style game, utilizing complex environments as well as weather simulations. Being a very popular multiplayer game, Call of Duty 2 is a unique benchmark.

Benchmark: Need For Speed: Most Wanted









Need for Speed: Most Wanted is the latest installment in the Need for Speed saga, and makes use of a very complex set of reflections, as well as shadows. This unique use of reflections, as well as other lighting effects, makes this game a very valid benchmark.

Conclusion

Wow. As you have just witnessed in the graphs above, the 7900GT is a real looker of a videocard. Steadily stomping the other cards in all categories, the 7900GT is definitely one of the kings of performance. At higher resolutions, this videocard really starts to shine, beating the other cards by 20+ frames. If you are looking for a new videocard with the latest in technology that will give you stunning performance in all games now, and in games to come, then this Forsa 7900GT is definitely the card for you.

Pros

Cons