Garmin STRIKER Vivid 7cv Fishfinder with GT20-TM

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The Garmin Striker Vivid 7cv is a high-sensitivity GPS fish finder with a transducer that is over half the price. It offers high-quality imaging and is affordable, with a large, bright display and easy-to-follow menus.

The unit weighs just 4.4 pounds and measures 3.4 inches in length, 6.1 inches in width, and 7 inches in height. The unit features high-contrast color palettes for better visibility of fish and structure. It includes a GT20 transducer for Garmin CHIRP traditional sonar and CHIRP ClearVü scanning sonar.

The high-sensitivity GPS allows users to mark hot spots, plan routes, and view boat speed.

It also has built-in Quickdraw Contours software for creating and saving maps with 1′ contours. The Striker Vivid 7cv comes with a tilt/swivel mount, transom, and trolling motor mounting hardware and cable.

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In this article, we will review the Garmin Striker Vivid 7CV fishfinder. We will discuss its specifications, key features, what comes in the box, pros, cons, and answer some common questions.

Let’s kick-start the Garmin Striker Vivid 7CV review now.

Garmin Striker Vivid 7cv Specifications

SpecificationsGarmin Striker Vivid 7cv
Dimension9.3” x 5.5” x 2.3” (23.5 x 14.0 x 5.8 cm)
Weight1.7 lbs (770 g)
Display TypeWVGA color
Display Size3.4″ x 6.1″ (8.6 x 15.4 cm); 7.0″ diag (17.8 cm)
Display Resolution800 x 480 pixels
Mounting Optionsflush, tilt/swivel
Track Points50,000
Navigation Routes100
Has Built-In ReceiverYes
Supports WAASYes
Garmin Quickdraw ContoursYes
Power Input12 to 20 Vdc
Typical Current Draw0.55 A
Max Current Draw1.5 A
Power Consumption6.6
Displays SonarYes
Traditional Sonar (Dual Frequency/Beam)Built-in
FrequencyTraditional: 50/77/200 kHz CHIRP (mid and high) ClearVü 260/455/800 kHz
Transmit Power500 W (RMS)
Bottom Lock (Shows Return From The Bottom Up)Yes
Water Temperature LogYes
4-Pin Transducer Ports1
Garmin Wi-Fi Network (Local Connection)Yes
Split-Screen ZoomYes
Fish Symbol Id (Helps Identify Fish Targets)Yes
Autogain Technology (Minimizes Clutter; Maximizes Targets)Yes
Adjustable Depth Line (Measures Depth Of Underwater Objects)Yes
A-Scope (Real Time Display Of Fish Passing Through Transducer Beam)Yes
Water Temperature Sensor IncludedYes
Depth Range ShadingYes

Garmin Striker Vivid 7cv Key Features

Compact Design and Durability

The Striker Vivid 7cv is thoughtfully sized at 9.3 x 5.5 x 2.3 inches, making it a perfect fit for various boat setups. Its weight of 1.7 lbs strikes a balance between heft and portability. Equipped with an IPX7 waterproof rating, it’s built to withstand challenging fishing environments, ensuring reliability and longevity.

Advanced Display

A highlight of this model is its WVGA color display, measuring 3.4″ x 6.1″ with a 7-inch diagonal. The screen’s 800 x 480-pixel resolution delivers exceptional clarity, making map reading and sonar data easy to interpret. The unit offers versatile mounting options like flush and tilt/swivel, accommodating different preferences and boat configurations.

Memory and Navigation

With the capacity to store 5000 waypoints, favorites, and locations, plus the ability to track up to 50,000 points and 50 individual tracks, this device is a navigator’s delight. It can handle up to 100 navigation routes, ideal for planning and recording your fishing excursions.

Precise GPS and Mapping

The built-in GPS receiver, enhanced by WAAS support, ensures accurate positioning. The device’s compatibility with Garmin Quickdraw Contours allows anglers to create personalized fishing maps with 1-foot contours, covering a vast area.

Efficient Power Use

The Striker Vivid 7cv is energy-conscious, with a typical current draw of 0.55 A and a maximum of 1.5 A.

Operating on a power input of 12 to 20 Vdc and consuming just 6.6 watts, it’s an efficient choice for long fishing trips.

Sonar Excellence

Sonar capabilities are a standout feature. The device offers both traditional and ClearVü sonar, with frequencies ranging from 50/77/200 kHz for traditional and 260/455/800 kHz for ClearVü, powered by a 500 W (RMS) transmitter. It includes a Bottom Lock feature, a Water Temperature Log, and is equipped with a 4-pin transducer port.

Enhanced Fishfinding Features

Geared towards maximizing your catch, the Striker Vivid 7cv includes Split-Screen Zoom, Fish Symbol ID, Autogain Technology, and an Adjustable Depth Line. The A-Scope feature provides real-time display of fish movements, and the unit comes with a built-in water temperature sensor and depth range shading.


Rounding off its features is the Garmin Wi-Fi network capability, ensuring easy integration and updates, enhancing its overall functionality and user experience.

What’s in the box?


  • Compact, waterproof design with IPX7 rating, suitable for various fishing environments.
  • Crisp, high-resolution 7-inch display for clear visibility of maps and sonar data.
  • Extensive memory to store up to 5000 waypoints and track 50,000 points.
  • Highly accurate GPS with WAAS support for precise navigation.
  • Garmin Quickdraw Contours for creating detailed custom fishing maps.
  • Energy-efficient operation with low power consumption.
  • Advanced sonar capabilities including traditional and ClearVü sonar.
  • Comprehensive fishfinding features like Split-Screen Zoom and Fish Symbol ID.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity for seamless integration and updates.


  • Lacks Touchscreen Functionality.
  • Absence of Preloaded Maps.
  • Fixed Memory Capacity.
  • No Option for Map Addition.

FAQs on Garmin Striker Vivid 7cv Fish Finder

No internet connection is needed to access GPS functionality.
The Garmin STRIKER Vivid 7cv can detect depths up to 2,300 feet (approximately 701 meters).
Yes, mark waypoints by pressing the Waypoint button on the Sonar screen and customizing as needed.
Change the frequency by pressing Menu, selecting Sonar, and navigating to Frequency Options.


The Garmin Striker Vivid 7cv is a compact, robust fish finder with advanced sonar capabilities. It features a 7-inch display, accurate GPS navigation, and the ability to create custom maps with Garmin Quickdraw Contours. Despite lacking preloaded maps and external map addition, it offers low power consumption and features waypoint marking and adjustable fishfinder sensitivity. However, it lacks a touchscreen and memory expansion. Overall, it offers a blend of technology and practicality for an enhanced fishing experience.

Gary Burrell

Chief Content Writer and Reviewer at Garmin Fish

Born in 1989, Gary Burrell is an Electrical Engineering graduate from the University of Tennessee. With 20+ years of experience, he has transitioned from engineering roles to becoming the Chief Content Editor. Gary’s unique blend of technical knowledge and editorial expertise has made him an essential figure in content creation, ensuring clarity and accuracy. His journey from an engineer to an editor showcases his adaptability and commitment to continuous learning.