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Windows 7: Geforce 7950 GX2 - Is it good?

17 Feb 2011   #1
NeroDevil

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1
 
 
Geforce 7950 GX2 - Is it good?

Yeah, for the last while I've been using a piece-of-shit Radeon HD 4350. I was on work experience today at my local IT shop, and there was a graphic card sitting there for months that I never asked about. Then me and my boss were discussing my rig and he asked if I liked gaming - of course I said yes, and he talked to me about the previously mentioned graphic card - the Gigabyte Geforce 7950 GX2, a dual GPU monster of a thing! He said I could have it and he'd take the money out of my wages.

My question is - is this card good enough for modern games?


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17 Feb 2011   #2
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I don't think that I would do it. I play some modern games with my 9800GTX+....but I've thought about upgrading numerous times. Unless you get it for a steal, I don't think I would go for it.
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17 Feb 2011   #3
NeroDevil

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Hmm, well I've heard/seen it run Crysis on High settings no problem, as well as many other modern games with ease. I'm basically getting it for free too.
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17 Feb 2011   #4
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If it's free, why not. I had read your post wrong thinking it was going to cost you nearly $200.
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17 Feb 2011   #5
NeroDevil

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

I thought that alright Well I mean, I can't go too wrong since it easilly beats my Radeon HD 4350! Man, that thing is so slow And my model in particular is even worse since it's not PCI-E, just the normal PCI bus, which makes it even slower than a normal one - and the normal one is pretty slow! XD

The 7950 GX2 seems to be able for most modern games at mid-high settings, with a fairly high resolution, so it should be fine. Has anyone on the forum got some experience with the card?
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17 Feb 2011   #6
Darician

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

The closest experience I have is with a 7950 GT and it runs most modern games decently well provided a decent CPU is being used. The only drawbacks are it doesn't do DirectX 10 and doesn't really support video acceleration as that didn't really come into play until the 8 series. If these drawbacks are non-issues for you, then it it is definitely a decent performer and will without a doubt beat the 4350 you currently have. And if it's cheap enough (which seems to have been indicated), then go for it.
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17 Feb 2011   #7
Everlong

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MY5T View Post
Hmm, well I've heard/seen it run Crysis on High settings no problem, as well as many other modern games with ease. I'm basically getting it for free too.
Well that's only because it's running Crysis in DX9. That's a big difference to Crysis in DX10. If you don't mind have a 5 to 6 year old card, then go for it.

I'd personally only go for it though if I was getting it for under 40. Anything higher and I'd spend a bit extra and get something like a GTX450 for example.
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17 Feb 2011   #8
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

They are dx9 cards, but probably the best dx9 cards ever made.
I had two of the ones with the big passive cooling heat sinks on them, and never had any real complaints. Though I did finally upgrade to a 8800gtx for dx10, and then later to a ati 5850 for dx11.

For what they are, they are damn good cards though.
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18 Feb 2011   #9
NeroDevil

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks for the information guys, looks like I'll be using this little puppy so! :P

I have one more quick question though, for those who have used the card in question: Heat. What sort of cooling will I need to tame the 7950 GX2?
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18 Feb 2011   #10
Bill

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MY5T View Post
Thanks for the information guys, looks like I'll be using this little puppy so! :P

I have one more quick question though, for those who have used the card in question: Heat. What sort of cooling will I need to tame the 7950 GX2?
You really shouldn't need any extra cooling, if you leave the card at stock speeds. It should have sufficient cooling already installing on the card.

I had a 7900 card at one point, was not a bad card at all. Replaced it with a 9800GTX, just replaced that card with a 460GTX.

For modern games, you'll be able to play at low to medium settings, depending on the resolution.

Bill
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