Nvidia's GeForce 7900 GS graphics card

About the same... for less
— 8:00 AM on September 6, 2006

AH, AUTUMN. Temperatures start to drop, students head back to school, the leaves begin to turn colors, and video card prices fall all around us. The autumn round of price cuts has become a happy tradition in PC graphics, a time when previously expensive video cards shed their high-priced summer attire and slip on their festive holiday-season price tags.

We've already seen ATI make its first moves in this seasonal ritual, lifting the curtains on the Radeon X1950 XTX and its more affordable cousin, the Radeon X1900 XT 256MB. Now it's Nvidia's turn to respond with a new GeForce that knows one very cool trick: how to perform like a $300 card while selling for about two hundred bucks. This new GeForce 7900 GS will make your phosphor glow in successive colors almost as rapidly as the GeForce 7900 GT, but it runs quieter and costs less. This isn't exactly a revolutionary upsurge in graphics power, but it's better than burning your hand on a Pentium 4.

How exactly does Nvidia's newest measure up to, well, almost everything else out there at the same price and above? What else do ATI and Nvidia have planned in the autumnal price-slashing fest? Could anything I have to say possibly top this? Keep reading to find the answers.

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