Forsa Geforce 7900GT Video Card Review
Bosco - 2006-11-16 22:24:45 in Video CardsCategory: Video Cards
Reviewed by: Bosco
Reviewed on: September 8, 2006
: GF City Computers
IntroductionIs 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 LookWhen 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 ContinuedThe 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.”
InstallationInstallation 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.
- Powered by GeForce™ 7900GT GPU
- 0.09 micron process technology
- PCI-Express x16 interface support
- 24 Pixels/Clock Rendering Pipeline
- 400MHz RAMDACs support 2048x1536 resolution at 85Hz
- Highest DVI output up to 1900x1200 resolution
- Integrated full MPEG encode and decode support Integrated NTSC & PAL TV encoder output
- up to 1024x768 resolution
- Integrated HDTV encoder provides world-class HDTV-out functionality up to 1920x1080i
- Key Features:
- Core clock - 450MHz
- NVIDIA® SLI™ Ready (NVIDIA SLI-certified versons only.)
- Full Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 Shader Model
- True high dynamic-range (HDR) lighting support
- NVIDIA® PureVideo® technology
- Built for Microsoft Windows Vista™
- Dual dual-link DVI supports two 2560x1600 resolution displays
- NVIDIA® CineFX 4.0® engine
- NVIDIA® Intellisample™ 4.0 technology
- NVIDIA® ForceWare® Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)
- NVIDIA® nView® multi-display technology
- OpenGL® 2.0 support
TestingWe ran this card through our standard array of videocard benchmarks. Test system and results follow.
- AMD Athlon 64 4000+
- MSI K8N Neo 4 Platinum
- 2x 512MB Kingston (2-2-2-5)
- 80GB Maxtor SATA
- Gigabyte 7900GT
- Gigabyte 7600GT
- Gigabyte 6800
- Thermaltake 680 Watt Power Supply
- Windows XP Pro Service Pack 2
- Nvidia 84.21 Display Driver
Benchmark: Quake 4
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: Doom 3
Benchmark: Call of Duty 2
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.
ConclusionWow. 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.
- Near Silent
- 24 Pipelines
- High Power Consumption
- No Memory Cooling