Company: PNY Technologies
Authour: Mark "Ratchet" Thorne
Date: September 24th, 2006
PNY's 7900 GS is a bit different than the reference 7900 GS we have from NVIDIA. Most noticeably PNY's card is a little bit longer than the reference card by about an inch. The components on the surface of the PCB are also laid out a bit differently, but there doesn't appear to be any more or less of them on there.
The card has 256MB of Hynix GDDR3 memory (HY5RS573225AFP-14) rated for 1.4ns or 700MHz (1.4GHz). Compared to the reference 7900 GS from NVIDIA the memory modules are rotated 90 degrees, but are the same make/model and remain in the same position arrayed around the G71 GPU in pairs of two. Like the reference 7900 GS, all the modules are on the front-side of the card leaving the back of the card relatively bare.
On the front end there are two dual-link DVI interfaces so you can drive one or even two of those giant 30” LCDs without problem, and next to those is a Video In/Out port for you gamers that dabble in the multimedia stuff from time to time. HDCP is not supported on PNY's 7900 GS though. Even though the card is fairly small and considered a mid-range part it, like the reference 7900 GS, still requires extra power from the PSU via a PEG power connection. SLI is supported on the 7900 GS too, of course.
The cooler is the same one first found on the 7900 GT and also now found on the 7950 GT. It is a copper cooler with an array of copper channels arranged so that a small fan blows air through them. Even though the fan is small, it doesn't spin all that fast and therefore doesn't make much noise. Under a heavy load for extended periods it spins up and become noticably louder, but even then it's not annoyingly loud. The cooler does not help cool the memory modules.
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