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XFX GeForce 7900 GT 550M Xtreme VIVO

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As of late, due to reported issues with overheating and graphic anomalies with overclocked GeForce cards, many gamers are starting to think twice before purchasing factory overclocked cards. Some hesitation before buying the highest overclocked card makes sense, but XFX along with the other companies affected by this problem are addressing customers' concerns and backing up their products with solid warranty support.

If you've lost some faith in XFX, you might want to consider that NVIDIA appears to be 100% behind the company. The only factory overclocked GeForce 7950 GX2 at launch was from XFX (the XFX GeForce 7950 GX2 570M XXX).  The two companies have a strong relationship at this time.

This article isn't about overclocking issues or GX2s, though. It's about one of XFX's new GeForce 7900 GTs - the XFX GeForce 7900 GT 550M Xtreme with VIVO. We took two of these cards for a spin and ran them through some benchmarks, paying particular attention to any possible heat issues and image quality problems. We're happy to report that the cards performed flawlessly. Read on to see just how well they stack up against the competition.

XFX GeForce 7900 GT 550M Xtreme VIVO
Model Number: PV-T71G-UCP7
GPU Clock: 550 MHz
Memory Clock: 1.63 GHz (effective)
Memory: 256 MB GDDR3


NVIDIA CineFX 4.0 Shading Architecture
Vertex Shaders
Support for Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Vertex Shader 3.0
Displacement mapping
Geometry instancing
Infinite length vertex programs

Pixel Shaders
Support for DirectX 9.0 Pixel Shader 3.0
Full pixel branching support
Support for Multiple Render Targets (MRTs)
Infinite length pixel programs

Next-Generation Texture Engine
Accelerated texture access
Up to 16 textures per rendering pass
Support for 16-bit floating point format and 32-bit floating point format
Support for non-power of two textures
Support for sRGB texture format for gamma textures
DirectX and S3TC texture compression


._Full 128-bit studio-quality floating point precision through the entire rendering pipeline with native hardware support for 32bpp, 64bpp, and 128bpp rendering modes

API Support
. Complete DirectX support, including the latest version of Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 3.0
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_Full OpenGL support, including OpenGL 2.0


64-Bit Texture Filtering and Blending
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_Delivers true high dynamic-range (HDR) lighting support
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_Full floating point support throughout entire pipeline
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_Floating point filtering improves the quality of images in motion
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_Floating point texturing drives new levels of clarity and image detail
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_Floating point frame buffer blending gives detail to special effects like motion blur and explosions


NVIDIA Intellisample 4.0 Technology
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_Advanced 16x anisotropic filtering (with up to 128 Taps)
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_Blistering- fast antialiasing and compression performance
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_Gamma-adjusted rotated-grid antialiasing removes jagged edges for incredible image quality
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_Transparent multisampling and transparent supersampling modes boost antialiasing quality to new levels
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_Support for normal map compression
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_Support for advanced lossless compression algorithms for color, texture, and z-data at even higher resolutions and frame rates
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_Fast z-clear


NVIDIA UltraShadow II Technology
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_Designed to enhance the performance of shadow-intensive games


NVIDIA Digital Vibrance Control (DVC) 3.0 Technology
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_DVC color controls
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_DVC image sharpening controls


NVIDIA SLI Technology
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_Patented hardware and software technology allows two GPUs to run in parallel to scale performance
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_Scales performance on over 60 top PC games and applications

NVIDIA PureVideo Technology
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_Dedicated on-chip video processor
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_High-definition H.264, MPEG2 and WMV9 decode acceleration
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_Advanced spatial-temporal de-interlacing
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_Inverse telecine (2:2 and 3:2 pull-down correction)
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_High-quality video scaling
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_Video color correction
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_Microsoft Video Mixing Renderer (VMR) supports multiple video windows with full video quality and features in each window

Composited Desktop Hardware Engine
._Video post-processing
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_Real-time desktop compositing
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_Accelerated antialiased text rendering
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_Pixel shader-driven special effects and animation

Advanced Display Functionality
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_Dual integrated 400MHz RAMDACs for display resolutions up to and including 2048x1536 at 85Hz
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_Dual-link DVI capability to drive the industry's largest and highest resolution digital flat panel displays up to 2560x1600
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_Integrated HDTV encoder provides analog TV-output (Component/Composite/S-Video) up to 1080i resolution
._Full NVIDIA nView multi-display technology capability


Advanced Engineering
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_Designed for PCI Express x16
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_Designed for high-speed GDDR3 memory


Operating Systems
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_Windows XP/XP 64/ME/2000
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_Built for Microsoft Windows Vista
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_Linux
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_Macintosh OS X


XFX Unique Features
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_Double Lifetime Warranty

Software/Game Bundle

._Driver CD
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_Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend

Accessories Bundle
._User Manual
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_2 x S-video cable
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_2 x DVI-to-VGA adapter
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_VIVO cable
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_PCI Express power cable



  

XFX packs the 7900 GT 550M Xtreme VIVO in its trademark X-shaped box, which is cool but can be somewhat of a hassle to open up to gain access to the product within. Inside the box, XFX packs a smaller box that holds the hardware and accessories.

  

In typical XFX fashion, the included bundle is rather simple. The best part of the bundle is the inclusion of the relatively new Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend. The rest of the bundle consists of the required cables (PCI Express power cable, two S-video cables, two DVI-to-VGA adapters, and VIVO cable) and a driver CD.

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