XFX GeForce 7950 GX2 570M 1GB DDR3 XXX


XFX's Overclocked GeForce 7950 GX2

XFX's Overclocked GeForce 7950 GX2

The appearance of the XFX GeForce 7950 GX2 570M 1GB DDR3 XXX is as undistinguished as its name is long. We have encountered XFX's rather confusing product names before and the company seems to have a rather simplistic notion of appending more suffixes to the original product when they introduce a special or different edition. This time, the name may be long and unmemorable but at least the strings of numbers give a hint of what the card is all about; as long as you know in advance that is.

In our case, we concluded that the 570M in the name represented the core clock speed of the card. But we only knew that for sure after we powered up the card. Given this information, XFX's website listed a total three variants of the GeForce 7950 GX2. There was a standard version and a product with a 520M suffix, so we can assume that the one you're seeing here today is the fastest overclocked version from XFX at the moment. With a core at 570MHz instead of the 500MHz default and a memory frequency of 1550MHz DDR compared to 1200MHz, it's hard to say otherwise.

However, it is a terribly boring looking card. There are no signs that this is an overclocked version, no special PCB, no testosterone inducing decals and just a small modest logo to denote the XFX brand. It's really more Clark Kent than Superman. Beneath its reference design facade, the clock speeds have been ramped up and with that, guaranteed overclocking, so it should race comfortably ahead of the standard GeForce 7950 GX2 in your games and benchmarks. The two cooler fans, which are not the quietest ones around, are similar to those on other GeForce 7950 GX2 cards. The presence of the bridging chip and the internal PCI Express switch that makes the internal SLI possible are also no different from convention. So too are the dual-link HDCP ready DVI outputs, one of the first graphic cards in retail from NVIDIA to be HDCP compliant. This of course helps to future-proof a rather expensive and high-end product. As the GeForce 7950 GX2 is a barely disguised SLI setup, you should also note the power draw (143W at peak) and space considerations.

As for the bundle on the XFX, don't bother rooting in your package for too long. The bad news is that there's only one game included together with the driver CD. There are no other programs. The good is that you'll find the newly released Tomb Raider: Legends game in the package. This is in line with what we have come to expect from XFX and its target audience of gamers should appreciate the game oriented offerings. The latest episode of the iconic Lara Croft should make a decent game to test the graphical capabilities of the XFX. The accessories fortunately are quite standard, including two DVI-to-VGA adaptors, a dongle for Component output and a S-Video extension cable. The required 6-pin Molex power cable is also included. So overall, this is quite a decent bundle if short in quantity. Here's the list of items you'll get:

  • 2 x DVI-to-VGA adaptors
  • 9-pin mini-DIN to Component dongle
  • S-Video extension cable
  • 6-pin PCIe to 4-pin Molex power plug converter
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • Driver CD
  • Tomb Raider: Legends (full game)