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PNY's $525 Verto GeForce 7900 GTX Limited Edition packs a few perks in its bundle to distinguish it from boards from other Nvidia chip partners. It ships in a stylish metal-and-plastic carrying case and includes a computer-oriented screwdriver kit and a 512MB USB flash drive. PNY also throws in a component-output dongle for connecting your card to an HDTV. Those are all handy, but we'd sacrifice any of them for a bundled game or two (the metal case would go first). The Verto GeForce 7900 GTX Limited Edition is certainly easy to install, and thanks to its overclocked GPU and memory (a now-common practice among Nvidia's board partners), you get a little more bang for your performance buck. We just wish PNY offered a little more to do with the card out of the box.
PNY overclocked the GPU to 675MHz and the 512MB of DDR3 RAM runs at 820MHz, compared to 650MHz GPU and 800MHz memory for a stock card. Advanced users who want to try to overclock their cards even further will have to edit the registry on their computers to enable Nvidia's Coolbits feature; PNY doesn't include an overclocking utility, but we think this is a smart move. Why make it easy for people who don't know what they're doing to screw up their cards?
A splitter cable in the packaging bridges between four-pin and six-pin power connectors in case your current desktop power supply doesn't have a compatible PCI Express power output. You'll also need to be sure your power supply can supply the necessary juice. You need not just plenty of wattage--350 watts for a single card or 500 watts for SLI--but also a high amperage rating on the 12-volt channel (22 amps for one card, 30 amps for two).