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The first reviews of that GeForce 7950 GX2 graphics card we told you about last week are just coming in, and the guys at FiringSquad took a close look at this 1GB graphics card from NVIDIA that just shipped today. They liked the HDCP (HD copy protection, must also have an HDCP-compliant monitor) support, the shorter board design that lets it fit into computer cases easier, enhanced cooling, and then there's the fact that this is two graphics cards in one, giving you great performance for the money.

However, the reviewers wished this GeForce 7950 GX2 were capable of quad SLI performance, something they got when they strapped together two GeForce 7900 GTX SLI cards. But they did like the price, where they expect it to sell in a range between $599 and $649, making it a lot more cost-effective than buying two GeForce 7900s. Overall, in this extensive first-look preview which includes lots of "real-world" gaming benchmarks, they gave the card a thumbs up for its performance and value.

GeForce 7950 GX2 Hands-On Preview [FiringSquad]