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NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GX2 Graphics Card Review Rev. 1.1
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The Card

From the front, the GeForce 7950 GX2 looks like a GeForce 7900 GTX, albeit with a puny-looking cooler more reminiscent of the GeForce 7900 GT than the GeForce 7900 GTX. Like most NVIDIA cards, the back of the card is totally bare.

Front of the card

Back of the card

The top half of the back plate is host to a 7-pin HDTV-out mini-din port as well as two DVI ports. The 7-pin port has the advantage of allowing you to directly plug in an S-video cable. The 9-pin port, previously used by NVIDIA, requires you to attach a dongle to use an S-video cable.

The lower half of the back plate is occupied by a row of vents. Unfortunately, the cooler is not directly connected to the vents so most of the hot air will recirculate within the case.

The card's back plate

View from the other end

Although it is a single-slot solution, the NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GX2 still takes up two slots. The view from the end of the card shows you just how closely the two PCBs stack up. You can also see the 6-pin PCI Express power connector which serve to deliver extra power to the card.

As these pictures show, the coolers do not even come close to the back plate, much less exhaust out the vents there. Instead, they mainly blow the hot air upwards. You can also see the bridge connector linking the two PCBs.

Top view

Bottom view



Size Comparison

To give you a better idea of how big the card is, we compared the GeForce 7950 GX2 with the GeForce 7900 GTX, as well as single-slot cards like the GeForce 7900 GT and the GeForce 7600 GT.

Top : Side view

Left : Top view

As you can see, the GeForce 7950 GX2 has the same dimensions as the the GeForce 7900 GTX. It's virtually similar in length and thickness.

The other two cards are lightweights by comparison. The GeForce 7600 GT is the shortest card in the bunch, with the GeForce 7900 GT halfway between the GeForce 7600 GT and the two large cards.

Let's take a closer look at the GeForce 7950 GX2...


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