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E Ge Force 7600 Gt

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By jack_squat on
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I bought the 7600GT about a year ago as a fairly inexpensive mid-range video card for my newly purchased system, and have not been disappointed. It has a very decent core clock at 560MHz, and even 256MB of GDDR3 memory, together being enough to handle even many of today's newer games like Bioshock at lower settings and older games at mid-to-high settings. World of Warcraft, Half Life 2: Lost Coast, and even the new Lord of the Rings Online run wonderfully at my native resolution (1680x1050) with the settings turned up fairly high.

Probably the only weak feature for this particular type of card is the 128-bit memory bus, but for medium range PC gamers like me, I can't really tell the difference. Also, being an older card, it only supports up to Direct X 9.0c and not Direct X 10. However, as Direct X 9 cards go, this definitely isn't a bad choice for it's price range(currently about $90). If you can afford to pay a little more though ($30+ depending on the brand and model), you'll notice significant improvements on the 7900GS.

High definition video plays great without any stuttering, although I don't believe the card supports High Definition Content Protection, which will be required for playing Blu-ray/HD-DVD discs on Windows Vista if you want to get the full hi-def experience.

It comes with DVI, VGA, and TV-out, supports dual monitors using the DVI and VGA ports(which I've tried and works fabulously) or can output to a television with the TV-Out to S-Video/Composite/Component connections included. HDMI ouput is also possible with a separate DVI to HDMI adapter.

Also, the manufacturer, eVGA, has been known to make a pretty reliable card and I have no reason to disagree. They're even pretty helpful on the off chance that the video card turns out to be defective andneeds to be sent back.

Overall, the card has aged a bit as technology is wont to do, but I'd still recommend this for budget builders who want a little gaming kick in their system. Otherwise, gamers should seek a 79xx/8800 video card, and hi-def content viewers may be better off with an 8400 or 8600.

(Note: The video card wasn't designed to capture video, so I didn't give it a rating on inputs.)