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WalkinTarget
13th Dec 2007, 12:35 PM
So I had finally gotten around to RMA'ing my eVGA 7900GT card, this after I made the initial RMA inquiry back in APRIL, so yeaa, I was taking my time. The card was a great card .. I didn't bother to OC it since it was already a KO Edition card, but starting with Company of Heroes, I would get terrible graphics tearing on the screen, which would get worse the longer I played. This happened on newer games that stressed the card, so TF2 was ugly as well.
Anyhoo, I just now received the eVGA RMA box back, opened it, and what to my surprise did I find inside but a 7950 GX2 card !!!! This is basically TWO 7900 series cards crammed onto one PCB, so needless to say I was :shock:

Darth had mentioned to me that eVGA was doing this, so it wasn't a complete surprise, but I fully expected a 7950, not a GX2 !!! This confirms why I continue to recommend eVGA cards, and at this point now own 3 of them, with plans in the Spring to possibly purchase 2 8800GTs to SLI.

If you have an eVGA card, you are set for the lifetime of the card. If you are buying, you should give them a very hard look. I'll post pics tonight once I get home.

juneau
13th Dec 2007, 12:41 PM
I love when they do that. They have no exact cards in to RMA so they send you the next best thing which can only be up, not down. :D I bought my 8800GTS just in case i have to RMA it.

darth_nevus
13th Dec 2007, 12:47 PM
are you SURE you wouldn't rather just send me the gx2, since i was right and all, and just live with your volt modded gs combo in sli? :)

WalkinTarget
13th Dec 2007, 12:58 PM
Wow, this just gets better and better:

The GX2 card is a 512mb card (on each core, 1gb total RAM) instead of my 256 7900GT ... and, it offers the built in HDCP chip that no other 7x00 series cards offer.

PS - I do realize that only 512mb is available, so in essence it doesn't have 1gb RAM to offer for gaming.

http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,1979437,00.asp

http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=2769&p=12

The most interesting part of the equation here is that I am card swapping these video cards. The PC that used to run the 7900GT is an SLI board so I'll pull the 7900 GS from another rig and wait for Kyler's card to get to me to SLI.
But here's the wrinkle: My bench rig is running an Asrock SATAII 939 board that is supposedly compatible with the 7950 GX2 series. Reading up on it, the board may only identify ONE of the two cores, so that hampers the purpose of the card if that is in fact true.
I've updated to the newest BIOS for that board, as I'm also ditching the Opteron 144 socket 939 chip in it and installing an AM2 Black Edition 5000+ chip, so that PC will be a fire breathing beast when I'm done with it.

Dead...Again
13th Dec 2007, 01:53 PM
This confirms why I continue to recommend eVGA cards, and at this point now own 3 of them, with plans in the Spring to possibly purchase 2 8800GTs to SLI.

If you have an eVGA card, you are set for the lifetime of the card. If you are buying, you should give them a very hard look. I'll post pics tonight once I get home.
Exactly the reason I only buy EVGA video cards. I don't even look at the price of other brands...

darth_nevus
13th Dec 2007, 05:26 PM
well, so its not wasted is yet ANOTHER reason to just send it to me :)

random_id
13th Dec 2007, 07:17 PM
Yea, EVGA is great with their warranty and upgrade policies - just recently upgraded (for free) my old 8800GTS 320MB card to a new 8800GT card (regular edition, but I flashed it with KO edition's BIOS which worked perfectly). I just wish that they would change their shipping policies - because of their slow shipping and "signature on delivery" requirement (which made me miss the delivery since noone was home at that moment) the shipping of the replacement card took about 2 weeks :(

WalkinTarget
13th Dec 2007, 09:13 PM
I'm thinking of frying some bacon in between the heatsinks ... anybody ever try this before ?? I bet it gets mighty toasty in that lil gap between the cards.

http://www.wtslair.com/games/7950gx2.jpg

TheSilentAssassin
13th Dec 2007, 10:09 PM
Wow, this just gets better and better:

The GX2 card is a 512mb card (on each core, 1gb total RAM) instead of my 256 7900GT ... and, it offers the built in HDCP chip that no other 7x00 series cards offer.

PS - I do realize that only 512mb is available, so in essence it doesn't have 1gb RAM to offer for gaming.

http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,1979437,00.asp

http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=2769&p=12

The most interesting part of the equation here is that I am card swapping these video cards. The PC that used to run the 7900GT is an SLI board so I'll pull the 7900 GS from another rig and wait for Kyler's card to get to me to SLI.
But here's the wrinkle: My bench rig is running an Asrock SATAII 939 board that is supposedly compatible with the 7950 GX2 series. Reading up on it, the board may only identify ONE of the two cores, so that hampers the purpose of the card if that is in fact true.
I've updated to the newest BIOS for that board, as I'm also ditching the Opteron 144 socket 939 chip in it and installing an AM2 Black Edition 5000+ chip, so that PC will be a fire breathing beast when I'm done with it.

GPU will be in the mail tommorrow!!!

SLI for you, your computer is going to be a BEAST!!!

th3st1ck
14th Dec 2007, 12:05 AM
eVGA is the best, hands down

had to RMA my 7900GT KO, they sent me an 8800GTS 320 =D

Storm_Shadow
14th Dec 2007, 12:47 AM
Welp, I have an eVGA 7800 GS (AGP) that's been funky from day one that I need to RMA, and never got around to it. Maybe I should do that BEFORE I upgrade my system & purchase a card, because they MIGHT send me a pciExpress card for my new system? :twisted:

WalkinTarget
14th Dec 2007, 07:25 AM
Storm, if you can do without a PC for a week or so (to give you an idea, I sent my card in via UPS Priority - $24 shipped on a Tuesday, and it arrived at eVGA in TX on Thursday and I had the card back the following Wednesday) you'd be in for a nice surprise once you get your RMA back.
As I understand it, eVGA just doesn't have stock on the older 7900 cards, so its the luck of the draw, (which makes sense as eVGA had a HUGE firesale maybe three months ago offering up hundreds of cards that were speculated to be either Step Up cards or ones that had passed their QC after RMA).

Th3st1ck, you had an even better experience than me (yea, secretly I was hoping for an 8800 too, but I still give props to eVGA) but I can't do much with even my new card until I get a sufficient power supply. The existing Thermaltake 420w unit in there offers a measly 18a on the +12 rail, so that won't do. I ordered an Ultra 500 X-Connect that should be here on Wdnesday.

BenKenobi
14th Dec 2007, 08:01 AM
eVGA for the win

darth_nevus
14th Dec 2007, 09:50 AM
I ordered an Ultra 500 X-Connect that should be here on Wdnesday.

*slap* Pew-PEw-PEW

Duke{CLR}
14th Dec 2007, 10:02 AM
eVGA for the win

+1

rafles
14th Dec 2007, 11:37 AM
Nice man, i was on the same situation that you some months ago and also darth told me to RMA my card and what i got?.... wel the same 7950GX2 that you have.
Very nice card BTW :2thumbs:

WalkinTarget
14th Dec 2007, 01:24 PM
WalkinTarget wrote:
I ordered an Ultra 500 X-Connect that should be here on Wdnesday.


*slap* Pew-PEw-PEW

Don't you *pew pew pew* me !! Did you even look at that PSU ?? Its GREEN !! I didn't send you on a wild goose chase for that GREEN fan controller for nothing, son !!

Here's the existing stuff:

2x 80mm green case fans
green CCFL tube
Vantec fan controller (green dials)

Stuff to add:
Ultra X-Connect 500w PSU (Green)
7950 GX2 (green LED lights in fan)

See a common denominator here yet ??
FYI, this is my *BLING BLING* rig, built more for looks than anything else, so you take your lil *pew pew pew* and go play elsewhere.

darth_nevus
14th Dec 2007, 01:33 PM
bling bling it'll have. i don't like ultra though. just an opinion. you better send me some nice pics for all the work i did...

juneau
14th Dec 2007, 01:35 PM
bling bling it'll have. i don't like ultra though. just an opinion. you better send me some nice pics for all the work i did...

And you better post them here too. :D

WalkinTarget
14th Dec 2007, 01:47 PM
Yanno, I hadn't counted, but this is the third Ultra PSU that I'm running. I agree that I wouldn't use them on my 'power' builds, but you try and find a green PSU somewhere and then get back to me.

http://www.xoxide.com/x-connect-500-uvgreen.html

Bad thing is, my Cold Cathode tube burned out (I found this out last night in fact) and after seeing some of the damage that the power invertors can do on those cheap units, I have decided to possibly scrap the CCFL tube and look for other lighting sources.
If anyone finds anything that puts off some green light, lemme know. So far I've seen some LED tubing that seems rather faint, but I don't have to worry about my rig catching on fire either !

juneau
14th Dec 2007, 01:51 PM
What make was the CC? I've heard of a few bad things about certain manufacturers, including fires! I only buy from 2 choices now. Akasa and Sunbeam.

Hows about something like this?

http://www.kustompcs.co.uk/acatalog/info_2215.html

Duke{CLR}
14th Dec 2007, 03:15 PM
This thing may put out enough green for you.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/5303/lit-137/FrozenCPU_RingPuk_10_LED_Lighting_Module_-_Green.html?tl=g6c77s121

WalkinTarget
14th Dec 2007, 03:34 PM
Juneau ... what ... is this ... ??? ? <--- :? :D

Pounds indicated a bit of shipping for me, so if you can find that on this side of the pond, I'll go for it.

Duke, nice find ! I was actually looking at a string of the LEDs in a flexible tube type shape that bends to fit wherever you want it to go .. in my case it'd go in the top of the case tucked into the corners to shed light downwards.

In all honesty, I bet I put only 12 hours total on my now dead CCFL tube, so I've decided the cheap crap isn't safe enough to put in a box.

Edit: Link to green LED lighting described above - http://www.frozencpu.com/products/5730/lit-149/FrozenCPU_12V_Ultra-Flex_30_LED_Light_Strip_-_Green.html

darth_nevus
14th Dec 2007, 04:17 PM
psst. you never asked me to look.

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062572&cp=2032058.2032233.2032298&parentPage=family

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062551&cp=2032058.2032233.2032298&parentPage=family

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062569&cp=2032058.2032233.2032297&parentPage=family

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062562&cp=2032058.2032233.2032297&parentPage=family

http://www.x-tremegeek.com/templates/SearchDetail.asp?productID=4996

http://www.xpcgear.com/ledrammodg.html (too bad this is discontinued)

http://www.case-mod.com/laser-led-green-p-393.html

http://www.case-mod.com/neon-maxx-spray-paint-uv-sensitive-green-p-433.html (this would be good INSTEAD of installing certain psu's. just paint it!)

http://www.directron.com/winkitgreen.html (more schweetness)

http://www.directron.com/80gre4.html (for a psu mod...)

http://www.crazypc.com/products/8485G.html

http://www.crazypc.com/products/led_case_feet-8541G.html

http://www.crazypc.com/products/8462.html

http://www.crazypc.com/products/PC8470.html

http://www.crazypc.com/products/PC8420.html

http://www.crazypc.com/products/82507G.html



and of course anyone who wants to buy me one of these for christmas will be "THE bomb!"

http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/pcmods/6b35/

drunken_chef
14th Dec 2007, 05:02 PM
and of course anyone who wants to buy me one of these for christmas will be "THE bomb!"

http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/pcmods/6b35/


hilarious!

random_id
14th Dec 2007, 06:27 PM
and of course anyone who wants to buy me one of these for christmas will be "THE bomb!"

http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/pcmods/6b35/


hilarious!
Thermaltake makes all kinds of hilarious/ridiculous devices... Like this one:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/5126/lcd-49/Thermaltake_7_Bay_Motorized_Retractable_Touch_Scre en_LCD_Monitor_A2413-03_.html?tl=g34c141s469

There's also this thing (not made by Thermaltake, though):
http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/drives/7a8d/

darth_nevus
14th Dec 2007, 06:32 PM
rofl. good find Random_id. this REALLY would have come in hand when i was building my itx pc...

WalkinTarget
16th Dec 2007, 04:08 PM
Update:
Anyone that knows me will tell you that I cannot wait to play with new hardware, so even though my 380w PSU in the rig being upgraded (Antec 380w w/ 24v on the +12 rail) is technically not up to snuff to run the 7950 card (specs say 28v on the +12 and a 450w PSU), I simply had to try it, so after swapping out the 7900GS in that rig, I ran a quick 3dMark06 benchmark to see what happened.

3dMark06 - 7900GS = 3734 score
3dmark06 - 7950gx2 = 5999 score

The Antec is holding up its end of the bargain, and the 7950 is a HUGE increase over the 7900GS, so I'm happy.
Two more upgrades in the next two weeks to go yet; an Ultra 500w PSU (only 28v on the +12, which is a 15% improvement on the Antec, but it does match my color scheme) and an AMD Black Edition 5000+ CPU that should up those numbers significantly.

In all fairness, the 7900GS is a screaming overclocked card, but with the newer Nvidia drivers Coolbits is disabled, so this card is running bone stock when in actuality it can hang within 15% of my old 7900GT card.

WalkinTarget
26th Dec 2007, 09:09 AM
Now here's a bit of a shocker ... I went to see whether I had to register the 7950 card via eVGA's website and found that it had already been registered and the old 7900GT removed from my profile.
Now, here's the kicker .. it is showing as 82 days left to use eVGA's Step Up program, so they have registered it as a new card !! If Nvidia does come out with a new card by March, I can then upgrade to that card and send the 7950 back in for full price (in my case, $349.99 since I bought it with mainboard bundle).
I see DigiTimes is reporting a mid-range Nvidia launch of the G94 cards in February, but that is not the higher end model. I did check on an upgrade to the 8800GTX card, and that would run me $200, which is just a bit too much for me. Assuming a new launch in Spring '08 drops the price a bit, I may revisit the GTX upgrade option.

Thank you yet again eVGA !

Dead...Again
26th Dec 2007, 12:22 PM
LOLs that is awesome WT!