XFX 7600 GT XXX PCI-E Video Card

Admin - 2007-02-10 10:08:48 in Video Cards
Category: Video Cards
Reviewed by: Admin   
Reviewed on: July 3, 2006
XFX
XFX
Price: $189.99
Introduction
Very impressive black PCB, unlike the blue that I’m use to seeing in Nvidia based products. The product I’m referring to is the XFX 7600 GT XXX edition. The black PCB gives it an aura of being dominant. This video gaming card is one of XFX’s mainstream products, so hopefully after running our tests it’ll prove to not only be a money saver but also a performer.

XFX is a division of Pine Technology, which was founded in 1989. Pine Technology designs, develops, manufactures and distributes high-quality digital audio and video devices as well as computer peripherals. Headquartered in Hong Kong, Pine Technology has more than 1,000 employees worldwide, with 16 offices around the globe, four research and development centers strategically located in the Asia Pacific region, and two factories in China.

Let’s take a look at the XFX 7600GT XXX. Then we’ll run it through some tests.

Closer Look
As I have stated many times, for a consumer, packaging is a must. If the packaging doesn’t grab your eye, even if the product might be the most awesome thing on the market today, you might not give it a second look. The XFX 7600GT XXX comes packaged very well; the image on the box jumps out and grabs you.

How about the back of the box? Is there enough information there to keep you interested after you pick up the product? I would have to say yes, the exterior packaging and information kept my interest.

Well so much for the outer packaging. How about the inside, what will this show you?

So far so good. I like the packaging and the inner box, now what will I find inside? The packaging contains an XFX 7600GT XXX video gaming card, software, instruction manuals, D-SUB to DVI adapter and a jack for composite video input.

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After seeing all this I’m sure you will want to take a closer look at the Gaming card itself. The first thing I noticed was that the card itself was constructed of black PCB and that there was no input for extra power.

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The front of the card comes with two DVI inputs and an S-Video input, so no need to worry if your monitor doesn’t support DVI. One of the accessories that comes with the card is a D-SUB to DVI adapter.

So now that we know what the card itself looks like, it’s time to get into the meat and potatoes.

Installation
Installation of the card was easy. After opening my case and removing the old video card, all that was needed was to put the XFX 7600GT XXX in the correct PCI-E slot. Since the card has no need for extra power, you don’t have to worry if your power supply has a PCI-E power connector.

Driver installation was a breeze also; just insert the supplied disk into your CD-ROM drive and the onscreen instructions will guide you from there. The disk also comes with other tweaks and demos that you might be interested in using.

 

Specifications
Clock rate: 590 MHz
Dual Link DVI - Supporting digital output up to 2560x1600: Yes
Memory Clock: 1.6 GHz
Chipset: 7600 GT
Memory: 256 MB
Bus Type: PCI-E
Memory Type: DDR3
Memory Bus: 128 Bit
Highlighted Features: HDTV ready , SLI ready , Dual DVI Out

Features
128-bit Studio-Precision Computation
128-bit studio-precision computation through the entire pipeline prevents image defects due to low precision and ensures the best image quality for even the most demanding applications.

90nm Process Technology
Delivers higher performance through blazing clock rates.

Adaptable Programmable Video Processor PureVideo's programmable technology adapts to new video encoding formats as they are developed to provide a future-proof video solution. (Feature requires supported video software.)

Advanced Spatial Temporal De-interlacing
Smoothes video and DVD playback on progressive displays to deliver a crisp, clear picture that rivals high-end home theater systems.

Built for Microsoft® Windows Vista™
NVIDIA's third-generation GPU architecture built for Windows Vista give users the best possible experience with the 3D graphical user interface in the upcoming operation system (OS) from Microsoft.

Dual 400MHz RAMDACs
Blazing-fast RAMDACs support dual QXGA displays with ultra-high, ergonomic refresh rates--up to 2048x1536@85Hz.

Dual DVI Support
Able to drive the industry's largest and highest resolution flat-panel displays.

Dual Link DVI
Capable of supporting digital output for high resolution monitors (up to 2560x1600).

High-Definition H.264, MPEG-2 and WMV Hardware Acceleration2
Smoothly playback H.264, MPEG-2, and WMV video—including WMV HD—with minimal CPU usage so the PC is free to do other work.

Integrated HDTV Encoder
Provides world-class TV-out functionality up to 1080i resolution.

Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 Support
Ensures top-notch compatibility and performance for all Direct® 9 applications, including Shader Model 3.0 titles.

Next-generation Superscalar GPU Architecture
Delivers up to 2x the shading power of previous generation products taking gaming performance to extreme levels.

NVIDIA® CineFX™ 4.0 Engine
Delivers advanced visual effects at unimaginable speeds. Full support for Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 enables stunning and complex special effects. Next-generation shader architecture with new texture unit design streamlines texture processing for faster and smoother gameplay.

NVIDIA® Digital Vibrance Control™ (DVC) 3.0 Technology
Allows the user to adjust color controls digitally to compensate for the lighting conditions of their workspace, in order to achieve accurate, bright colors in all conditions.

NVIDIA® Intellisample™ 4.0 Technology
The industry's fastest antialiasing delivers ultra-realistic visuals, with no jagged edges, at lightning-fast speeds. Visual quality is taken to new heights through a new rotated grid sampling pattern, advanced 128 Tap sample coverage, 16x anisotropic filtering, and support for transparent supersampling and multisampling.

NVIDIA® PureVideo™ Technology
The combination of high-definition video processors and NVIDIA DVD decoder software delivers unprecedented picture clarity, smooth video, accurate color, and precise image scaling for all video content to turn your PC into a high-end home theater. (Feature requires supported video software.)

NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology
Delivers up to 2x the performance of a single GPU configuration for unparalleled gaming experiences by allowing two graphics cards to run in parallel. The must-have feature for performance PCI Express graphics, SLI dramatically scales performance on over 60 top PC games.

NVIDIA® UltraShadow™ II Technology
Enhances the performance of bleeding-edge games, like id Software's Doom 3, that feature complex scenes with multiple light sources and objects.

nView™ Multi-Display Technology
The nView hardware and software technology combination delivers maximum flexibility for multi-display options, and provides unprecedented end-user control of the desktop experience.

OpenGL™ 2.0 Optimizations and Support
Ensures top-notch compatibility and performance for all OpenGL applications. NVIDIA® nView® Multi-display Advanced technology provides the ultimate in viewing flexibility and control for multiple monitors.

PCI Express™ Support
Designed to run perfectly with the next-generation PCI Express bus architecture. This new bus doubles the bandwidth of AGP 8X delivering over 4 GB/sec. in both upstream and downstream data transfers.

Video Color Correction
Color temperature correction makes actors' faces appear natural, rather than washed out and pale, when playing videos on LCD and CRT displays. Display gamma correction ensures videos are not too dark, overly bright, or washed out regardless of the video format or display. (Feature requires supported video software.)

Testing
I will use Overclockers Club's; preferred benchmarks for our tests. While benchmarking Quake 4, I realized that the new version did not come with the guru3d demo that I have used in the past. So with Quake 4, although there will be a graph, there will be no other video card comparisons.

Testing Setup

Gaming Benchmarks

While benchmarking FarCry during the first loop it appeared that the 7600 GT was going to be the overall winner, since the 800x600 tests beat both other cards but as the higher the resolution went it seemed that the card could not compete with the 6800 GT.

Benchmark: F.E.A.R

 F.E.A.R. is one of the newer First person shooters on the market. This game has its own benchmark built in to the game. And as in all of the following benchmarks, the resolutions tested are 800x600, 1024x768 and 1280x1024.

Settings:

These results seem to be more like it. The 7600GT XXX beat both other graphics boards in every resolution.

Benchmark: Doom III
Doom 3 is a favorite first person shooter of many gamers so it is no wonder why it is a very popular benchmark. This is one of my personal favorites also.

Settings:

Even though the Doom 3 benchmark seemed to be a challenge, the 7600 GT XXX did overtake our other two competitors. Again, the results between the two XFX cards were very close.

Benchmark: Call of Duty 2
Call of Duty 2, the second installment to the Call of Duty Series, is an intense action packed WW2 thriller where you can fight on all battlefronts of the European Theater.

Settings:

Call of Duty is one of my favorite multiplayer games. While benchmarking, I experienced no jumpiness or hesitation with the 7600GT XXX as I did using the X800GTO.

Benchmark: Quake 4

Settings:

Benchmark: Need For Speed: Most Wanted

Unlike the other games we benchmarked, this game is not a first person shooter. This is a racing game in which you can choose from a number of vehicles, different types of vehicle setups and also choose which types of race courses you prefer.

Settings

mpressive. The 7600GT XXX took both other test cards down in my benches.

 Temperatures

Idle

Load

With idle temperatures being 51C and load temps hitting 64C using the stock fan, it proves that there is no need to purchase an aftermarket GPU cooler to keep the chipset at a reasonable temperature. I also liked the fact that the stock fan was not very loud when it kicked in, All it did was add a kind of whooshing sound that was there but very hard to hear.

Conclusion
As a mainstream Graphics board the XFX 7600 GT XXX matched up very well to its two competitors. The reason why I chose the PowerColor X800 GTO was due to it having 12 pixel pipelines which matches the XFX 7600 GT XXX. The other graphics board, XFX 6800 GT was due to it being a 6 series chipset. It also has 16 pixel pipelines. While running the benchmarks I realized how much extra pipelines can make a difference. The 6800 GT held very well compared to the 7600 GT XXX and at times even bettered it. Where the 7600 GT XXX gets it’s power is from it’s Memory and Core Clocks being 590/1.6 Ghz, where the 6800GT is only 350/1000.

If your budget won’t allow you to buy one of the higher end Graphics boards, then the XFX 7600 GT XXX can more than suffice. It will play the latest games and allow you to watch HDTV (I don't think this is true, just regular TV) on your computer. It is also Windows Vista compatible.

Since the completion of this review XFX has decided to add a full copy of the newest Splinter Cell release with every 7600GT XXX.

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