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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [01.31.07]
Manufactured by: Foxconn

 

The Best Name Ever

Today we're looking at the (get ready for this) Foxconn FV-N79GM3D2-HPOC. For simplicity's sake, we'll just call it what it is; a GeForce 7950 GT with 512MB GDDR3 memory.

You might be wondering, why are we reviewing a DX9 card when DX10 cards are out already? Well, they are out, but until new cards come out in the mid $250-300 price range and are readily available, there may still be other options worth looking at. One of these options is the 7950 GT, and Foxconn hopes to have the best one of all.

It's Overclocked!

Foxconn has a couple nice checkmarks to put on their box, but the best one in my opinion is that it comes overclocked out of the box. Quite nicely OC'd at that; the normal clock speed for a 512MB 7950 GT is 550 MHz for the core and 700 MHz for the memory. Foxconn clocks this one at 580/780, which is quite a nice leap. We'll find out how this translates to performance as we look at the benchmark results (the card was tested at default speed as well as shipped speed).

Foxconn's 7950 GT is probably the wackiest looking 7950 GT out there. Surprisingly, Foxconn didn't use a 100% reference design, instead using their own custom heatsink/fan unit. Looks-wise, it's... well, it's a Foxconn card, so it is about what you'd expect. Besides, who spends all day looking at their graphics card? What matters it what comes out of it.

It's probably a good thing Foxconn used their own HSF, because the reference one is not exactly known for being a quiet operating unit. Foxconn's HSF also manages to cool the overclocked GDDR3 memory, which the reference design doesn't. Throughout testing, I noticed that even under full load, Foxconn's 7950 GT remained very quiet. As I'd mentioned, the reference cooler is quite noisy, so this is another advantage for this particular card.

As you'd expect from a modern video card, both ports are DVI. One RGB dongle is inlcluded in the box for those still using archaic monitors that require such a connection. TV-out is handled by a single DIN connector and this dongle:

With component, S-Video, and composite outputs, most of your HDTV and SDTV needs will be met. Unfortunately, this card does not have an HDMI adapter, although it does support HDCP over DVI. So you should be able to use a DVI > HDMI converter if your monitor doesn't support a direct DVI connection.

As an unexpected bonus, the Foxconn 7950 GT comes with a wired USB gamepad:

Should be useful if you don't already have one. It follows the same type of layout as the EMMY-WINNING DualShock controller from Sony.

Next Page: (The Specs)