Asus has taken the basic 7900 GT design and tweaked it almost all the way across the card. This isn't only the fastest 7900 GT we've seen – it's the best priced, too.

In essence a toned-down version of the 7900 GTX, the GT's basic architecture is strong. It has the same 256bit interface and is manufactured using the heat-efficient 0.09-micron process. It boasts 24 pixel shader processors and shares the GTX's dual-link DVI (digital visual interface) connectivity, allowing higher resolutions on your flat-panel.

The basic 7900 GT fell short on clock speeds. Asus has gone some way to rectifying this by upping the core and memory clock speeds to 520MHz and 720MHz – and memory bandwidth to 46.1GBps (gigabytes per second). In testing, the Asus produced good frame rates and could easily give other cards, such as the Radeon 1900 GT, a run for their money. The 7900 is more expensive than the 1900 GT, but since you're talking about only £10, we think the extra outlay is well worth it.

Asus has added a number of applications, from its proprietary video enhancing technology to gaming and security utilities.

Asus 7900 GT: Specs

  • nVidia GeForce 7900 GT graphics processor
  • 256MB DDR3 RAM
  • core clock 520MHz
  • memory clock 720MHz (1.44GHz DDR effective)
  • manufacturing process 0.09-micron
  • 24 pixel shader processors
  • 256bit memory interface
  • PCI Express interface
  • DirectX 9.0 support
  • DVI
  • video-in/-out
  • nVidia GeForce 7900 GT graphics processor
  • 256MB DDR3 RAM
  • core clock 520MHz
  • memory clock 720MHz (1.44GHz DDR effective)
  • manufacturing process 0.09-micron
  • 24 pixel shader processors
  • 256bit memory interface
  • PCI Express interface
  • DirectX 9.0 support
  • DVI
  • video-in/-out

OUR VERDICT

This is the fastest 7900 GT we've seen yet. It's an excellent card and costs a good deal less than cards such as the 7900 GTX. Add an excellent set of software utilities and applications from Asus, and this is a sure-fire winner of one of PC Advisor's coveted Gold awards.

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