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    Biostar GeForce 7900 GT 256MB Review
    By Vince Freeman :  July 25, 2006

    Benchmark Analysis

    The benchmark results of the Biostar GeForce 7900 GT 256MB card confirmed our performance expectations, and demonstrated that it is slightly faster than a standard GeForce 7800 GTX 256MB. This is true in both standard gaming at basic resolutions, as well as with anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering enabled at higher resolutions. In terms of overall performance, the Biostar GeForce 7900 GT represents a smaller, cooler-running revision of the high-end GeForce 7800 GTX architecture, with a bit of extra performance built in. The only unfortunate thing is that we could only find the Biostar card at a couple of the larger retailers, and visibility should be higher for this well-priced, high-performance video card.

    Overclocking

    Since the GeForce 7900 GT offers a cooler-running 90nm core, determining exactly how high the card can overclock is almost a given. We put the Biostar GeForce 7900 GT 256MB through its paces, using both the standard NVIDIA Forceware drivers and the bundled Turboclock utility, and the results were exactly the same at the high-end. The automatic Optimal settings resulted in an overclock of 545 MHz core and 1.57 GHz memory. Manually increasing this further resulted in slightly higher result, and a top core speed of 556 MHz and a maxed-out 1.6 GHz memory speed, which is the limit that the drivers allowed. These represent clock speed increases in the 20-25% range, although it would have been nice to see how high the memory could go, without the 1.6 GHz NVIDIA limitation.

    Value

    The Biostar GeForce 7900 GT is a high-end card that combines excellent performance levels for the price, and offers exceptional value for the range. The Biostar GeForce 7900 GT 256MB is priced comparable to other name brand cards, and usually sits in the $280-$290 price range. This is about on par with the price of a standard GeForce 7800 GT 256MB card, and much lower than the $370-$470+ price tag of a GeForce 7800 GTX 256MB. It's also well back from the ultra high-end range of the GeForce 7900 GTX and Radeon X1900 XTX 512MB ($475-$525+) video cards. With these prices in mind, the Biostar GeForce 7900 GT 256MB offers a similar price-performance ratio to the popular GeForce 7600 GT, but with a higher top-end speed and price tag.

    * Please note that online prices reflect Retail models when possible, only OEM where noted. Prices are taken at the time of review, and are not intended to reflect long-term trends.

    Conclusion

    NVIDIA has really been firing on all cylinders with their latest revision to the GeForce 7 Series. The GeForce 7600 GT and 7900 GT are the mainstream and high-end value points, and Biostar has done a great job with their GeForce 7900 GT 256MB card. It performs slightly better than a GeForce 7800 GTX, runs cooler, uses less power, and the 90nm GPU allows a slim cooler and card design that is more in line with a mainstream graphics solution. Any issues are only niggling ones, and the Biostar GeForce 7900 GT 256MB is a perfect card for those who want to play the latest and great games at high framerates, but do not want to break the $300 ceiling.

    Pros:

    • Cooler-running 90nm GPU
    • Exceptional Performance for its Class
    • Slim Design with Diminutive Cooler

    Cons:

    • Market Visibility Could be Better

    Ratings:




    Page 1 The Biostar GeForce 7900 GT 256MB Card
    Page 2 Test Setup and Benchmark Software
    Page 3 Quake 3 and Halo: Combat Evolved Performance
    Page 4 Unreal Tournament 2003 and 2004 Performance
    Page 5 DOOM 3 and Half-Life 2 Performance
    Page 6 FarCry and Quake 4 Performance
    Page 7 Chronicles of Riddick and F.E.A.R. Performance
    Page 8 3DMark06 Advanced Standard & Feature Performance
  • Page 9 Benchmark Analysis, Overclocking, Value, and Conclusion


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