If you are not looking for the highest-end GPU on the market but still want one with great performance at an even better price, the 7900 GS might be right up your alley. It fell slightly behind a 7900 GT, but has the overclocking headroom to make up for it.
While the credibility of 3D Mark scores is constantly disputed, they still give results that scale well. The better the GPU, or even CPU, the higher the scores.
Seeing what we have in our other results, the 3D Mark scores seem to fall into place nicely.
Throughout all of our tests, the 7900 GS never fell far behind the 7900 GT which makes it a great mid-range card for anyone who wants to run their games up to 1600×1200 resolution. The pricing for the GS card hovers around $150, while the GT goes for $200. Around the same pricepoint you can get the 8600GT, which is weaker all around, but offers DX 10 support. At this point in time, DX 10 is not a huge concern, so that decision is up to you.
After a few hours of stress testing, I found the card to be completely stable with an overclock of 590/1480. The stock clocks for the KO edition is 500/1380, so that’s an impressive overclock any way you look at it, and is a lot of free performance if you don’t mind getting your hands a little dirty.
For $150 (and less at select e-tailers with MIR), I feel the 7900 GS is a great card. There is no real sense of moving up to a 7900GT/7950GT unless you do not want to overclock at all. If you manage an overclock of 590/1480 like I did, you will likely outperform a stock 7950GT anyway.
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