Date: July 23rd, 2007
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: XFX
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL & WALKTHROUGH
Once the cooler was stripped off of the videocard, the actual chips could be identified.
The main difference between the 7600GT and its faster brothers is its 128bit effective memory interface which is half of the 256mbit interface you see on the 7800 series. the stock clock for this core is around the 560Mhz range whereas this overclocked model in particular is clocked at 650Mhz. This does lead to a good performance boost and makes this card the fastest core clocked 7600gt on the market.
Now the memory on the other hand is the four Samsung K4J52324QC(-BC14) 512mbit(64MByte) GDDR3 modules with the following specifications.
- 512mbit (64MByte)
- the -BC14 variant operates at a maximum frequency of 700MHz
- 136-ball FBGA package
- Requires 1.8V +/- 0.1V
Now the stock version is clocked at 700Mhz which as seen above is the theoretical limit for this memory. But this overclocked model being reviewed today is clocked at 800Mhz. To me, this is no surprise seeing Samsung memory chips have always been good overclockers but to have them pushed 100Mhz over spec must have led to some serious module testing to hand pick modules that could take such an increase. Remarkably they are very stable.
Another thing to point out is that this card is indeed SLI capable if you have a capable motherboard and bridge.
And as we finish up this section you have the main connection panel complete with two DVI connections and a main TV out.