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EVGA 256-P2-N541-T2 GeForce 7600GS 256MB 128-Bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Video Card

  • 256MB 128-Bit GDDR2
  • PCI Express x16
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EVGA's GeForce 7600GS based card is built for Vista. The advanced GPU and 256MB of GDDR2 memory at an effective 700MHz make light work of today’s operating systems and games. Three different video ports give you maximum flexibility in choosing your display. The nView multi-display technology makes managing two displays an easy task.

The CineFX 4.0 engine delivers advanced visual effects at breakneck speeds. Fully supportive of DirectX 9.0 it enables stunningly complex special effects. True cinematic lighting effects are achieved through use of 64-bit texture filtering and blending. NVIDIA PureVideo technology combines high-definition video decode acceleration and post-processing to deliver unprecedented picture clarity with smooth video, accurate color and precise image scaling.

Built on a discrete programmable core, it provides the great picture and smooth movies with minimal CPU utilization and power. The core’s programmability ensures that it will keep up with changing technology. Build some real steel into your graphics game with EVGA and GeForce!

  • newegg NVIDIA CineFX 4.0 Engine Delivers advanced visual effects at unimaginable speeds. Full support for Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 enables stunning and complex special effects. Next-generation shader architecture with new texture unit design smoothes texture processing for faster and smoother gameplay.
  • newegg NVIDIA Intellisample 4.0 Technology The industry's fastest antialiasing delivers ultra-realistic visuals, with no jagged edges, at lightning-fast speeds. Visual quality is taken to new heights through a new rotated grid sampling pattern, advanced 128 tap sample coverage, 16X anisotropic filtering, and support for transparent supersampling and multisampling.
  • newegg NVIDIA SLI Technology Delivers up to 2X the performance of a single GPU configuration for unmatchable gaming experiences. The must-have feature for PCI Express graphics, NVIDIA SLI technology allows two graphics cards to run in parallel and dramatically scales performance on today's hottest games.
  • newegg NVIDIA PureVideo Technology The combination of high-definition video processors and decoder software delivers unprecedented picture clarity, smooth video, accurate color and precise image scaling for all video contents to turn your PC into a high-end home theater.
  • newegg Built for Microsoft Windows Vista Built for Windows Vista, NVIDIA's third-generation GPU architecture offers users the best possible experience using the Windows Aero 3D graphical user interface available in Microsoft latest operating system.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Anonymous
  • 11/3/2008 9:28:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsWas good but turned into a MB killer

Pros: While it was working it was fantastic - for the price you could not beat it. It ran flawlessly on Fedora linux (7-8- and then 9) for roughly a year.

Cons: 54 weeks (just over a year) after I got the card at NewEgg it died. In trying to figure out whether it was the card or the machine, I swapped it with an identical card in another machine I have here. As soon as I powered up that machine with the suspected bad card in it, there was a loud pop and I had ait fried a trace and a component on the MB of that machine. So now I get to replace BOTH the card AND the MB. Not fun, as the MB cost twice what the video card did.

Other Thoughts: I've used EVGA for years and I build all my own systems (as well as larger systems at the office). This is the only EVGA card that has failed like this, but just in case it was a design flaw rather than just a simple component failure, I have pulled the other (still working) card and replaced it with a different one..

I sure wish it had failed DURING the warranty period ..... $$$$$

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  • William M.
  • 8/27/2008 2:51:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsThe fan really IS that bad!

Pros: Dropped this in a rig I built a little over a year ago. It's a nice little card with a built-in fan, and I haven't had any trouble getting it to do what I needed it to. When everything was working, I have zero complaints about the performance.

Cons: The fan stinks. When it worked, it was noisy and of seemingly little use. And as other have mentioned, the fan on my card eventually froze up and stopped working altogether.

Without the fan, the card runs VERY hot (idles at around 70 degrees Celsius), and has been triggering thermal warnings on my CPU, even at minimal load. By the time I figured out that the fan wasn't working, the fan had practically melted in place!

The card is still functional at the moment, but it has a couple of popped capacitors. Not sure how much longer I can count on this card before it finally dies.

Other Thoughts: I had to purchase an aftermarket VGA cooler to replace the busted fan. If I had to do it again, I would have replaced the crummy stock cooler from the getgo.

I also wish I'd read up on that lifetime warranty business too. That would have been nice!

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  • R B.
  • 8/18/2008 3:07:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs1 yr 3 month's

Pros: Product has worked well given no problems whatsoever.
It can even be overclocked to a decent level. (However see cons)

Cons: This card ran good for the first year about 3 month's after warrenty ran out the caps starting to pop the fan had went belly up wonder the chips were still working.
The software monitor was showing the fan to still be working

Other Thoughts: It's a good thing EVGA is using better chips then they are fans or this card would be DEAD JIM.

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  • Ethan M.
  • 8/12/2008 6:27:12 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsSuccumbed to capacitor plague

Pros: Speed, stability, programmable GPU, good chipset, drivers, et c.

Cons: See title. I've owned the card for about a year, and the capacitors on the board popped. Game over.

The operating conditions for the card are reasonable: no excessive heat or overclocking--my setup is geared for stability rather than performance.

Other Thoughts: I'm an nVidia man because their driver architecture is terrific; I've had zero problems upgrading cards on my Linux box since the days of my GeForce MX cards. But this, in particular, is terrible.

I suppose I can be thankful that the capacitors failed safely rather than exploding.

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  • Cody K.
  • 7/6/2008 1:46:43 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsGood Performance Poor Quality

Pros: The card has very good performance considering the price. I am able to play all my games with descent frame rates such as FEAR, TF2 and CS:S. It is not the fastest but it does the job.

Cons: I have two of these cards in different computers and both of the fans have failed. the fans actually melted and froze themselves. One of the cards has a few bulging capacitors that are getting ready to go.

Other Thoughts: I recommend replacing the heat sink right away BEFORE your fan fails. i bought the ARCTIC COOLING Accelero S2 and my cards are fine now. now more heat issues. No more fan noise since it a fanless heatsink, highly recommended for maintenance free use. I own other evga cards and love them but these cards are upsetting when it comes to cooling. Buy and after market cooler!

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  • Ross T.
  • 6/16/2008 2:30:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBuyer Beware!

Pros: Works well, great video quality. Used on office desktop for CAD programs, image editing, etc.

Cons: Fan was loud from the very beginning, now sounds like nails on a chalkboard. Really poor quality fan WILL die. Spend a few extra bucks.

Other Thoughts: If you don't believe me, read the rest of the reviews.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/1/2008 9:41:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsRan great and then...GAME OVER

Pros: This card had wonderful graphics and it handled everything on my computer just fine. I used it to make and play back movies as well as play games like Age of Empires and World of Warcraft. All work without a problem and was satisfied.

Cons: Just last night I woke up to hear some grinding noise is my computer. Further inspection revealed to me that the fan on the video card is dying. It was jerking around and felt like it needed oil. It wouldn't have been to long before the card died and I'm preventing that buy getting another card before it dies for sure. Reading other reviews show me that this is a common problem.

Other Thoughts: Don't buy this card with plans that it will out live your PC.

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  • Bradley S.
  • 3/25/2008 7:57:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsMore Fan deaths...

Pros: Ran beautifully for a while...

Cons: After a couple of months, for no known reason, one of the 2 started behaving badly. Checked the card and found that the fan had completely melted. Ordered a new fan for that one, ran another month and the EXACT same thing happened to the second card as well. Replaced the fan on THAT one as well, thing ran beautifully for a while, though I noticed the heat had caused some damage, resulting in a loss in performance. Now another few months later, even with a nice new fan keeping the heat levels well below the 65C the stock fans did, the secondary card has blown 5 of the 7 capacitors on board and completely stopped working. I have never in my life been less satisfied with a graphics card. I will NEVER order an EVGA card again.

Other Thoughts: If you are planning on buying this card, do yourself a favor and order a better fan for it as well right off the bat. Or better yet, just spend the extra $30 per card on getting a better card from a better manufacturer.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/21/2008 5:00:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggseVGA steps up to the plate and rocks one over the fence

Pros: - Solid card for the price.
- Effortless installation.
- Great performance on mid-range titles like WoW, Team Fortress 2, Half-Life 2, Civilization 4.

Cons: - Only 256 MB of RAM means this card is going to be at a disadvantage with games that are using high resolution textures.
- No DirectX 10 compatibility.
- Prone to dying *just* after the 1-year warranty expires. Some people here experienced fans dying after the warranty is up; I had 4 capacitors pop on the video card less than 5 months after the manufacturers warranty was up! lol. I'm thinking it must have been an overheating issue (which could be related to the GPU fan), as there was no electrical or heat damage to any other system components.

Other Thoughts: If you're going to buy this card, MAKE SURE YOU CREATE AN ACCOUNT AND REGISTER THE PRODUCT ON EVGA'S WEBSITE. They offer an extended 3-year warranty for free with any video cards/motherboards that are registered within 30 days of purchase.

In their defense, I requested an RMA with them which they just approved today. I've shipped the card to them and it *looks* like they're going to get me all fixed up. Though there's no telling what I'm going to get sent back to me.

I'm assuming they're only doing this for me because I purchased the card before they instituted this extended warranty program (November 2007). So...don't forget to register!

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  • Michael H.
  • 3/18/2008 11:26:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat stopgap card

Pros: Ran great for a year

Cons: Fan died after a year

Other Thoughts: great for the money, though I have upgraded to a 8800GT since my 7600 died

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