When introduced back in March I already had a feeling that the Geforce 7600 series would become popular. Popular it most certainly became and that's an understatement. ATI had nothing ready to compete with the overall performance of this product.
The GeForce 7600 GT is a very competitive product in the mid-range market. Armed with the development codename G73, the chip again was made on the newer 90nm fabrication process. For a mid-range product it has a rather large transistor count, no less than 177 million transistors can be found on the GeForce 7600 GT silicon.
a graphics processor with 12 fully fetched pixel pipelines running (reference) at a 560 MHz frequency with five active vertex processors. The product has eight ROPs. The memory however is still 128-bit whereas I wish it would have been boosted to 256-bit by now. But it's really fast clocked memory namely 1400 MHz (2x700 again for reference) and that is looking to be quite okay in my eyes.
The card is targeted at a very wide audience with a sales price of 175-199 USD. The introduction of the 7600 series made another remarkable step in that they all are 256MB memory versions and thus the mid-range segment has moved on to that amount of memory as standard.
The BFG standard OC version videocards then, a pre-overclocked GeForce 7600 GT offers higher than reference core and memory frequencies. As stated, NVIDIAs recommended clock speeds are 560 MHz GPU and 1.4 GHz memory for the GeForce 7600 GT series of cards. BFGTech has this card fully warrantied and overclocked (default) at 580 MHz GPU and 1.45 GHz memory.
Okay so no that's not a huge overclock but still every little bit helps right ? That 1.45 GHz clocked memory is 256MB in total and carries the popular GDDR3 flavor. The GeForce 7600 works on a 128-bit memory bus.
The 7600 GT has one dual-link DVI connector and one single-link DVI connector. Dual-link DVI allows extremely high resolution gaming up-to 2560x1600 (XHD as the industry would love to call that = Extreme High Definition) and all the sweetness in the form of HDR support and that finally standard Shader Model 3.
Included in the box you'll find next to the BFG GeForce 7600 GT OC 256MB graphics card this lot:
Quick install guide
DVI-I to VGA dongle
Driver CD, which includes NVIDIA® ForceWare unified graphics drivers, Full installation manual .pdf
The 7600 GT has SLI support, so in a later stage you can connect two of these puppies on a SLI mainboard and double up performance.
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