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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [11.04.06]
Manufactured by: Gigabyte


I still don't have a way to test power consumption. There seem to be plenty of solution like Watts Up and other Watt meters for those in North America with 110-120v power, but I am here in Hong Kong, where the voltage is 220v. I looked all over the world for a 220v watt meter, but couldn't find a single one. If you know of one that is reasonably priced, please let me know.

And as far as overclocking goes, let's not go there. This is a silent video card, and a fast one at that. Let's keep it that way by not frying the chip trying to overclock without even a fan on the cooler ;)

Comparing the $150 GeForce 7600 GT to the Radeon X1650 XT might have been a tough battle from the get-go. After all, the X1650 XT has an average price of around $250 or more. But that's what I have, and in the end it makes the 7600 GT look even more impressive for keeping up in most tests, and beating it in others.

Gigabyte gets bonus points for making this a completely silent solution, although the cooler is quite bulky. For those who don't require absolute silence, Gigabyte makes one with a standard temperature-controlled fan as well.

In addition to the gaming performance we looked at, you should also consider some facts that makes this one of the best choices for a HTPC solution. First of all, it's totally silent of course, which is always good for an HTPC. Secondly, the 7600 GT supports all of nvidia's PureVideo hardware decoding features, including Spacial-Temporal Deinterlacing, which can greatly improve 1080i playback in my experience. Unfortunately, this particular card is not HDCP-compliant, so when protected Blu-Ray and HD-DVD movies come out, you will not be able to enjoy them in full resolution with this card.

In the end, if you're looking to spend absolutely no more than $150 on a new video card, the GV-NX76T256D-RH is a good one to turn to. It runs cool, quiet, and can play the newest games under moderate levels of quality. What more can you ask for from a $150 video card?

  • Excellent performance for the price
  • Comes with a silent fanless cooler
  • Comes with an award-winning game
  • Supports full PureVideo featureset

  • Cooler might be a bit bulky for some systems
  • Not HDCP compliant