PNY Verto GeForce 7900 GS review: PNY Verto GeForce 7900 GS

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We've accompanied recent high-end ATI and Nvidia reviews with two refrains that still hold true for this card, but less so. First, ATI boasts superior image quality because its cards support both antialiasing and high dynamic range lighting effects simultaneously (Nvidia's cards let you do one or the other but not both at the same time). You run both effects simultaneously in only a handful of games via an unofficial, internally developed ATI driver patch called the Chuck patch. We hoped that ATI would have incorporated the Chuck patch capabilities in the regular driver download by now, but it hasn't, likely due to the fact that support for it in various games is still spotty. We don't think this issue matters that much in a midrange card because the performance hit you'd take with the Chuck patch enabled would really hurt your frame rates. Second, ATI technically may have better image quality in certain games, but Nvidia's SLI support is a much easier way to enable dual graphics cards than ATI's CrossFire. This is still true today, but we don't recommend splurging for two $200 to $225 cards right now. That feels like an awful lot of money to spend before a next-gen technology looms on the near horizon--reportedly before the end of the year. Still, if you're impatient for faster performance, a pair of GeForce 7900 GS cards did outperform a single $450 ATI Radeon X1950 XT on GameSpot's higher-resolution tests (not shown), so it's not a bad option if you're anxious.

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