Anyone that has contemplated purchasing an NVIDIA video card in the last 5 years has likely considered an EVGA card. While they have not always been the top dog, in recent years their service, warranty, and perks have propelled them to the top rung as far as enthusiasts are concerned. Lately we have been seeing a lot of high quality motherboards from EVGA but have not had the opportunity to review many of their video cards, so we are excited to see what they have to offer.
Today we take a look at a popular GPU with above average memory size, the EVGA 7600 GS 512MB. It is hard to believe it has been over a year now that we covered the launch of the GeForce 7600 GS, but we know that the 7600 GS is a capable performer and can be found for under $100! What’s more is that the card can run Vista Aero with no problems and makes it a perfect card for those needing an upgrade over their existing integrated graphics. Integrated graphics eat into your system memory, taking away space that could be used for applications and they do a poor job of accelerating the Vista experience. It also makes a pretty darned good gaming card too.
Looking at our card we see that the PCB is a standard green with a nice looking black heatsink. The EVGA logo is prominently displayed along with the type of card it is, so that no one, not even you, will forget what you have. I do like this for the simple fact that you won’t make a mistake this for a 7600 GT or something else. Lurking under that heatsink is the GPU core, clocked at 400MHz, the reference speed for 7600 GS cards. I noticed that EVGA uses all solid aluminum capacitors on this card, which can help give it a longer life over standard electrolytic capacitors. The 512MB of memory comes clocked at 400MHz also.
On the back of our card we find our serial number, the product type, and model. Make sure that sticker stays on, without it your warranty is toast!
Finally, I want to point out that EVGA went the extra mile and coated this conductor to prevent it from “squealing” which seems to be more and more common. Like your girlfriend keeps telling you, it’s the little things that make the difference.