Deal of the week: Nvidia's G71 fire sale
If you think Nvidia was done launching new G71-based graphics cards since the release of the GeForce 7900 GS and GeForce 7950 GT, think again. A new GeForce 7900 GTO has begun appearing in Europe and the U.S. over the past couple of weeks, and although hard to find, it's a very interesting deal indeed. This card is essentially a GeForce 7900 GTX complete with a heat pipe-based dual-slot cooler and 512MB of RAM, but with its memory speed toned down from 800MHz (1.6GHz effective) to 660MHz, and a good $150+ shaved off its price tag.
Today, we've spotted an eVGA-built GeForce 7900 GTO in stock at MWave for just $249.90, which is actually cheaper than even Nvidia's own GeForce 7950 GT, and about the same as ATI's Radeon X1900 XT 256MB. According to a review (translate here) by our French counterparts over at Hardware.fr, the GeForce 7900 GTO is consistently faster than the GeForce 7950 GT and roughly even with the Radeon overall. The GeForce 7900 GTO also has the advantage of extra memory over the Radeon X1900 XT 256MB, which could help in future games, as well as a quieter stock cooler than either the Radeon or the GeForce 7950 GT. This particular eVGA model comes with a lifetime warranty and eVGA's step-up program, too, allowing users to trade in their card if a faster model comes out within 90 days of their purchase.