Inno3D GeForce 7600 GST Review
By Gabriel Torres on June 22, 2006


Introduction

Hardware Secrets Golden Award

GeForce 7600 GS is the simplest GPU from the new mid-range GeForce 7600 series from NVIDIA. Inno3D launched a highly overclocked model, dubbed GeForce 7600 GST, which promises to have a performance reaching GeForce 7600 GT. In this review we are going to compare the performance of this overclocked model from Inno3D with the regular GeForce 7600 GS, GeForce 7600 GT and also against other products available on the market.

GeForce 7600 GS normally runs at 400 MHz accessing its memory at 800 MHz (400 MHz DDR). GeForce 7600 GST from Inno3D runs at 500 MHz and accesses its memory at 1.4 GHz (700 MHz DDR), almost the same specs as GeForce 7600 GT, which runs at 560 MHz and also accesses its memory at 1.4 GHz. Since both chips share all other technical specs (like 12 pixel shader units), this model from Inno3D promises to have a performance level very close to GeForce 7600 GT but costing less. You can see this factory-overclocked video card from Inno3D in Figure 1.

Inno3D GeForce 7600 GST
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Figure 1: Inno3D GeForce 7600 GST.

We think the name Inno3D chose for this product – GST – was a very good choice. The name implies that this product isn’t a regular GeForce 7600 GS and, at the same time, it isn’t also a GeForce 7600 GT. While “T” probably stands for “Turbo”, the name chosen may also suggest that this product has a performance level between GS and GT. This name is also great if you think that some manufacturers don’t label properly their overclocked models, making it very hard to correctly identify such models.

You can see in our tutorial “NVIDIA Chips Comparison Table” the difference between GeForce 7600 GS and the other chips from NVIDIA, while on our tutorial “ATI Chips Comparison Table” you can compare it to its competitors from ATI.

On Figures 2 and 3 you can see Inno3D GeForce 7600 GST.

Inno3D GeForce 7600 GST
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Figure 2: Inno3D GeForce 7600 GST (overclocked GeForce 7600 GS).

Inno3D GeForce 7600 GST
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Figure 3: Inno3D GeForce 7600 GST (overclocked GeForce 7600 GS), back view.

GeForce 7600 GST (Overclocked GeForce 7600 GS) From Inno3D

This video card uses four GDDR3 512-Mbit 1.4 ns chips from Infineon (HYB18H512321AF-14), making its 256 MB video memory (512 Mbits x 4 = 256 MB). These chips can run up to 1.4 GHz (700 MHz DDR). Curiously these are the same chips used by the NVIDIA reference model for GeForce 7600 GT and all GeForce 7600 GT models that follow NVIDIA reference model. As we mentioned, on this video card the memories are running at 1.4 GHz.

Inno3D GeForce 7600 GST
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Figure 4: 1.4 ns GDDR3 memory chips used by Inno3D GeForce 7600 GST.

We removed its heatsink to take a look. It uses NVIDIA’s reference model, which is all copper-made, as you can see in Figure 5. The heatsink doesn’t touch the memory chips, so no cooling solution is used on the memory chips.

Inno3D GeForce 7600 GST
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Figure 5: Video card with its heatsink detached.

In Figure 6, you can see the GeForce 7600 GS chip used on this video card. As you can see, it is internally called G73-N by NVIDIA.

Inno3D GeForce 7600 GST
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Figure 6: GeForce 7600 GS chip.

This video card comes with a S-Video to Composite Video cable, a DVI-to-VGA adapter and a Component Video adapter. No games are included.

Main Specifications

How We Tested

During our benchmarking sessions, we used the configuration listed below. Between our benchmarking sessions the only variable was the video card being tested.

Hardware Configuration

Software Configuration

Used Software

We adopted a 3% error margin; thus, differences below 3% cannot be considered relevant. In other words, products with a performance difference below 3% should be considered as having similar performance.

3DMark2001 SE

3DMark2001 SE measures video card performance simulating DirectX 8.1 games. It is very effective software for evaluating the performance from previous-generation games, programmed using DirectX 8. In this software we run six tests. We run the software in three resolutions, 1024x768x32, 1280x1024x32 and 1600x1200x32, first without antialising and with no frame buffer, then we put the antialising at 4 samples and the frame buffer at triple-buffering. This improves the video quality but lowers the performance. We were willing to see how much performance we lost by putting the VGA to run at the maximum possible image quality. It is important to note that ATI chips can run at 6x antialising. Since NVIDIA chips cannot run at this configuration, we had to use 4x antialising to use a configuration that is valid to all video cards included in our bechmarks, allowing direct comparison between them.

You may be asking yourself why we added an old program in a review of a latest generation video card. To us, it is as important to know the performance of a video card with the latest games as it is to know its performance in an older game. That’s why we kept this software in our methodology.

The results you check below. Keep in mind that models marked as "OC" are factory-overclocked. GeForce 7600 GT OC from XFX was running at 590 MHz with its memory being accessed at 1.6 GHz (800 MHz DDR) while the standard clock configuration for a GeForce 7600 GT is 560 MHz/1.4 GHz (700 MHz DDR). GeForce 7600 GS OC from Inno3D was running at 500 MHz with its memory being accessed at 1.4 GHz (700 MHz DDR) while the standard clock configuration for a GeForce 7600 GS is 400 MHz/800 MHz (400 MHz DDR).

GeForce 7600 GT 

3DMark2001 SE - 1024x768 Score Difference
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 23,004 16.32%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 22,731 14.94%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 22,720 14.88%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 21,858 10.52%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 21,510 8.76%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 21,487 8.65%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 21,043 6.40%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 20,299 2.64%
GeForce 7600 GT OC (XFX) 20,248 2.38%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 20,084 1.55%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 20,072 1.49%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 19,865 0.44%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 19,864 0.44%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 19,797 0.10%
GeForce 7600 GS OC (Inno3D) 19,777  
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 18,630 6.16%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 17,881 10.60%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 17,412 13.58%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 16,840 17.44%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 14,453 36.84%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 14,132 39.94%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 12,545 57.65%

GeForce 7600 GT

3DMark2001 SE - 1280x1024 Score Difference
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 21,038 16.78%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 20,882 15.91%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 20,868 15.84%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 20,096 11.55%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 19,924 10.60%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 19,768 9.73%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 19,465 8.05%
GeForce 7600 GT OC (XFX) 18,740 4.02%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 18,436 2.34%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 18,307 1.62%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 18,228 1.18%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 18,084 0.38%
GeForce 7600 GS OC (Inno3D) 18,015  
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 17,658 2.02%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 17,005 5.94%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 16,750 7.55%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 15,721 14.59%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 15,464 16.50%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 14,854 21.28%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 11,403 57.98%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 11,274 59.79%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 9,472 90.19%

GeForce 7600 GT

3DMark2001 SE - 1600x1200 Score Difference
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 19,986 21.62%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 19,868 20.90%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 19,382 17.95%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 18,988 15.55%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 18,793 14.36%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 18,390 11.91%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 18,140 10.39%
GeForce 7600 GT OC (XFX) 17,603 7.12%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 16,784 2.14%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 16,649 1.31%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 16,590 0.96%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 16,483 0.30%
GeForce 7600 GS OC (Inno3D) 16,433  
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 15,524 5.86%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 15,498 6.03%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 14,481 13.48%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 13,694 20.00%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 12,938 27.01%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 12,741 28.98%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 9,059 81.40%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 8,129 102.15%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 6,729 144.21%

GeForce 7600 GS

3DMark2001 SE - 1024x768 AAx4, FBx3 Score Difference
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 20,783 25.68%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 20,451 23.68%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 20,403 23.39%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 19,671 18.96%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 19,208 16.16%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 19,103 15.52%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 18,336 10.89%
GeForce 7600 GT OC (XFX) 17,728 7.21%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 17,187 3.94%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 16,979 2.68%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 16,856 1.94%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 16,834 1.80%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 16,775 1.45%
GeForce 7600 GS OC (Inno3D) 16,536  
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 16,529 0.04%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 16,408 0.78%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 15,745 5.02%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 15,021 10.09%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 13,635 21.28%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 9,718 70.16%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 8,928 85.22%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 8,210 101.41%

GeForce 7600 GT

3DMark2001 SE - 1280x1024 AAx4, FBx3 Score Difference
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 19,354 36.56%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 18,778 32.49%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 18,447 30.16%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 18,029 27.21%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 17,142 20.95%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 17,120 20.79%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 16,302 15.02%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 16,056 13.29%
GeForce 7600 GT OC (XFX) 15,149 6.89%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 15,117 6.66%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 15,080 6.40%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 14,294 0.85%
GeForce 7600 GS OC (Inno3D) 14,173  
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 13,833 2.46%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 13,655 3.79%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 13,652 3.82%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 12,892 9.94%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 12,364 14.63%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 10,487 35.15%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 6,915 104.96%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 6,049 134.30%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 5,755 146.27%

GeForce 7600 GT

3DMark2001 SE - 1600x1200 AAx4, FBx3 Score Difference
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 18,090 85.22%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 17,322 77.35%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 16,299 66.88%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 16,213 66.00%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 15,734 61.09%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 15,503 58.73%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 15,362 57.28%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 14,418 47.62%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 11,829 21.11%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 11,663 19.41%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 11,127 13.92%
GeForce 7600 GT OC (XFX) 10,931 11.92%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 10,659 9.13%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 9,891 1.27%
GeForce 7600 GS OC (Inno3D) 9,767  
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 9,455 3.30%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 8,429 15.87%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 6,620 47.54%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 5,625 73.64%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 3,558 174.51%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 3,205 204.74%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 2,606 274.79%

3DMark03

3DMark03 measures performance by simulating games written to DirectX 9, which are contemporary games. We run this program in three resolutions, 1024x768x32, 1280x1024x32 and 1600x1200x32, first without antialising and anisotropic filtering, and then configuring antialising at 4x and anisotropic filtering also at 4x. This improves the video quality but lowers the performance. We were willing to see how much performance we lost by putting the VGA to run at the maximum possible image quality. It is important to note that ATI chips can run at 6x antialising. Since NVIDIA chips cannot run at this configuration, we had to use 4x antialising to use a configuration that is valid to all video cards included in our bechmarks, allowing direct comparison between them.

The results you check below. Keep in mind that models marked as "OC" are factory-overclocked. GeForce 7600 GT OC from XFX was running at 590 MHz with its memory being accessed at 1.6 GHz (800 MHz DDR) while the standard clock configuration for a GeForce 7600 GT is 560 MHz/1.4 GHz (700 MHz DDR). GeForce 7600 GS OC from Inno3D was running at 500 MHz with its memory being accessed at 1.4 GHz (700 MHz DDR) while the standard clock configuration for a GeForce 7600 GS is 400 MHz/800 MHz (400 MHz DDR).

GeForce 7600 GT

3DMark03 - 1024x768 Score Difference
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 18,465 57.50%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 16,544 41.11%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 15,631 33.32%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 15,375 31.14%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 15,004 27.98%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 13,760 17.37%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 13,144 12.11%
GeForce 7600 GT OC (XFX) 12,928 10.27%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 12,782 9.02%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 12,111 3.30%
GeForce 7600 GS OC (Inno3D) 11,724  
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 11,285 3.89%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 11,223 4.46%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 9,563 22.60%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 9,352 25.36%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 9,134 28.36%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 8,213 42.75%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 8,056 45.53%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 7,295 60.71%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 4,847 141.88%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 4,128 184.01%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 3,468 238.06%

GeForce 7600 GT

3DMark03 - 1280x1024 Score Difference
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 15,394 68.39%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 13,888 51.91%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 13,045 42.69%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 12,578 37.58%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 12,239 33.88%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 10,997 20.29%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 10,671 16.73%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 10,314 12.82%
GeForce 7600 GT OC (XFX) 10,226 11.86%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 9,529 4.23%
GeForce 7600 GS OC (Inno3D) 9,142  
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 8,836 3.46%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 8,784 4.08%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 7,472 22.35%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 7,039 29.88%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 6,943 31.67%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 6,277 45.64%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 6,041 51.33%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 5,351 70.85%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 3,538 158.39%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 2,990 205.75%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 2,507 264.66%

GeForce 7600 GT

3DMark03 - 1600x1200 Score Difference
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 14,090 91.78%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 11,680 58.98%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 10,751 46.33%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 10,445 42.17%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 10,127 37.84%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 9,822 33.69%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 8,743 19.00%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 8,411 14.48%
GeForce 7600 GT OC (XFX) 8,287 12.79%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 7,701 4.82%
GeForce 7600 GS OC (Inno3D) 7,347  
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 7,144 2.84%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 7,035 4.43%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 5,940 23.69%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 5,295 38.75%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 5,220 40.75%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 4,930 49.03%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 4,640 58.34%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 3,938 86.57%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 2,678 174.35%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 2,131 244.77%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 1,797 308.85%

 GeForce 7600 GT

3DMark03 - 1024x768 AAx4, Anisox4 Score Difference
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 12,560 76.98%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 11,576 63.11%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 10,989 54.84%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 10,275 44.78%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 9,929 39.90%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 9,325 31.39%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 8,999 26.80%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 8,108 14.25%
GeForce 7600 GT OC (XFX) 7,935 11.81%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 7,330 3.28%
GeForce 7600 GS OC (Inno3D) 7,097  
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 6,919 2.57%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 6,841 3.74%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 5,437 30.53%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 4,978 42.57%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 4,693 51.23%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 4,405 61.11%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 4,177 69.91%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 3,411 108.06%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 2,378 198.44%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 1,966 260.99%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 1,674 323.95%

GeForce 7600 GT

3DMark03 - 1280x1024 AAx4, Anisox4 Score Difference
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 9,997 94.76%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 9,467 84.43%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 9,050 76.31%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 7,980 55.46%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 7,733 50.65%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 7,249 41.22%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 6,841 33.27%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 6,278 22.31%
GeForce 7600 GT OC (XFX) 5,855 14.07%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 5,324 3.72%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 5,172 0.76%
GeForce 7600 GS OC (Inno3D) 5,133  
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 5,025 2.15%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 3,962 29.56%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 3,747 36.99%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 3,475 47.71%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 3,116 64.73%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 2,547 101.53%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 2,454 109.17%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 1,497 242.89%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 1,351 279.94%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 1,212 323.51%

GeForce 7600 GT

3DMark03 - 1600x1200 AAx4, Anisox4 Score Difference
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 8,168 105.48%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 7,852 97.53%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 7,364 85.26%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 6,317 58.92%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 6,148 54.67%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 5,873 47.75%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 5,807 46.09%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 5,024 26.39%
GeForce 7600 GT OC (XFX) 4,555 14.59%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 4,530 13.96%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 4,018 1.08%
GeForce 7600 GS OC (Inno3D) 3,975  
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 3,861 2.95%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 3,091 28.60%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 2,656 49.66%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 2,563 55.09%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 2,377 67.23%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 1,805 120.22%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 1,717 131.51%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 1,027 287.05%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 732 443.03%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 684 481.14%

3DMark05

3DMark05 measures performance by simulating DirectX 9.0c games, i.e., using the new Shader 3.0 model. This programming model is used by Far Cry game and other games to be launched in the future. This new programming model is used by GeForce 6 and 7 series from NVIDIA and Radeon X1000 series from ATI.

We run this program in three resolutions, 1024x768x32, 1280x1024x32 and 1600x1200x32, first without antialising and anisotropic filtering, and then configuring antialising at 4x and anisotropic filtering also at 4x. This improves the video quality but lowers the performance. We were willing to see how much performance we lost by putting the VGA to run at the maximum possible image quality. It is important to note that ATI chips can run at 6x antialising. Since NVIDIA chips cannot run at this configuration, we had to use 4x antialising to use a configuration that is valid to all video cards included in our benchmark, allowing direct comparison between them.

The results you check below. Keep in mind that models marked as "OC" are factory-overclocked. GeForce 7600 GT OC from XFX was running at 590 MHz with its memory being accessed at 1.6 GHz (800 MHz DDR) while the standard clock configuration for a GeForce 7600 GT is 560 MHz/1.4 GHz (700 MHz DDR). GeForce 7600 GS OC from Inno3D was running at 500 MHz with its memory being accessed at 1.4 GHz (700 MHz DDR) while the standard clock configuration for a GeForce 7600 GS is 400 MHz/800 MHz (400 MHz DDR).

GeForce 7600 GT

3DMark05 - 1024x768 Score Difference
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 7,370 37.68%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 7,222 34.92%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 6,982 30.43%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 6,863 28.21%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 6,789 26.83%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 6,471 20.89%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 6,343 18.49%
GeForce 7600 GT OC (XFX) 5,939 10.95%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 5,732 7.08%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 5,594 4.50%
GeForce 7600 GS OC (Inno3D) 5,353  
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 4,991 7.25%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 4,941 8.34%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 4,537 17.99%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 4,301 24.46%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 3,993 34.06%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 3,675 45.66%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 2,886 85.48%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 2,872 86.39%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 1,701 214.70%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 1,433 273.55%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 1,365 292.16%

GeForce 7600 GT

3DMark05 - 1280x1024 Score Difference
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 6,962 52.54%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 6,699 46.78%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 6,534 43.16%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 6,208 36.02%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 6,067 32.93%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 5,554 21.69%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 5,504 20.60%
GeForce 7600 GT OC (XFX) 5,111 11.99%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 4,780 4.73%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 4,740 3.86%
GeForce 7600 GS OC (Inno3D) 4,564  
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 4,130 10.51%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 4,085 11.73%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 3,745 21.87%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 3,479 31.19%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 3,192 42.98%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 3,093 47.56%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 2,253 102.57%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 1,957 133.21%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 1,259 262.51%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 1,040 338.85%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 992 360.08%

GeForce 7600 GT

3DMark05 - 1600x1200 Score Difference
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 6,559 70.05%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 6,513 68.86%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 5,862 51.98%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 5,524 43.22%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 5,371 39.25%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 4,786 24.09%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 4,785 24.06%
GeForce 7600 GT OC (XFX) 4,376 13.46%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 4,096 6.20%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 3,931 1.92%
GeForce 7600 GS OC (Inno3D) 3,857  
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 3,455 11.64%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 3,376 14.25%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 3,091 24.78%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 2,856 35.05%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 2,608 47.89%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 2,430 58.72%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 1,789 115.60%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 1,264 205.14%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 944 308.58%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 814 373.83%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 708 444.77%

GeForce 7600 GT

3DMark05 - 1024x768 AAx4, Anisox4 Score Difference
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 6,893 54.41%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 6,788 52.06%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 6,717 50.47%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 6,123 37.16%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 6,052 35.57%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 5,874 31.59%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 5,559 24.53%
GeForce 7600 GT OC (XFX) 4,988 11.74%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 4,971 11.36%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 4,634 3.81%
GeForce 7600 GS OC (Inno3D) 4,464  
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 4,108 8.67%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 4,072 9.63%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 3,700 20.65%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 3,655 22.13%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 3,523 26.71%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 2,881 54.95%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 2,232 100.00%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 1,287 246.85%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 1,038 330.06%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 935 377.43%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 903 394.35%

GeForce 7600 GT

3DMark05 - 1280x1024 AAx4, Anisox4 Score Difference
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 6,571 83.96%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 6,325 77.07%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 6,040 69.09%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 5,277 47.73%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 5,186 45.18%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 4,915 37.60%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 4,664 30.57%
GeForce 7600 GT OC (XFX) 4,055 13.52%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 4,028 12.77%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 3,738 4.65%
GeForce 7600 GS OC (Inno3D) 3,572  
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 3,295 8.41%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 3,286 8.70%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 2,969 20.31%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 2,891 23.56%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 2,510 42.31%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 2,232 60.04%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 1,722 107.43%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 803 344.83%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 581 514.80%

GeForce 7600 GT

3DMark05 - 1600x1200 AAx4, Anisox4 Score Difference
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 6,253 154.39%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 5,668 130.59%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 5,288 115.13%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 4,205 71.07%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 4,168 69.57%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 3,776 53.62%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 3,746 52.40%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 3,325 35.27%
GeForce 7600 GT OC (XFX) 2,769 12.65%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 2,644 7.57%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 2,553 3.86%
GeForce 7600 GS OC (Inno3D) 2,458  
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 2,365 3.93%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 2,235 9.98%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 2,233 10.08%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 1,948 26.18%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 1,552 58.38%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 1,374 78.89%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 589 317.32%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 341 620.82%

Doom 3

Doom 3 is one of the heaviest games available today. As we’ve done on other programs, we ran this game at three resolutions: 1024x768x32, 1280x1024x32 and 1600x1200x32. This game allows several image quality levels and we’ve done our benchmarking on two levels, low and high. We ran demo1 four times and wrote the obtained number of frames per second. The first result we discarded at once, since it is far inferior than the other results. This happens because at the first time we run the demo the game must load all textures to video memory, fact that doesn’t happen from the second time we run the demo on. From the three results left, we consider as our official result the middle result, i.e., we discard the highest and the lowest values. Curiously almost all times the values obtained at the second round on were the same.

A very important detail that we must mention is that Doom 3 has an internal FPS lock: it is only capable of generating 60 frames per second, even if your board is able to produce more frames per second than that. This is done in order to make the game to have the same "playability" sensation independently from the video card installed on the PC. This lock, however, is disabled in the game benchmarking mode.

For further details on how to measure 3D performance with Doom 3, read our tutorial on this subject.

The results you check below. Keep in mind that models marked as "OC" are factory-overclocked. GeForce 7600 GT OC from XFX was running at 590 MHz with its memory being accessed at 1.6 GHz (800 MHz DDR) while the standard clock configuration for a GeForce 7600 GT is 560 MHz/1.4 GHz (700 MHz DDR). GeForce 7600 GS OC from Inno3D was running at 500 MHz with its memory being accessed at 1.4 GHz (700 MHz DDR) while the standard clock configuration for a GeForce 7600 GS is 400 MHz/800 MHz (400 MHz DDR).

GeForce 7600 GT

Doom 3 - 1024x768 – Low Score Difference
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 96.7 5.22%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 95.9 4.35%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 95.1 3.48%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 94.7 3.05%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 94.5 2.83%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 94.1 2.39%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 94.1 2.39%
GeForce 7600 GT OC (XFX) 93.7 1.96%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 93.4 1.63%
GeForce 7600 GS OC (Inno3D) 91.9  
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 91.4 0.55%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 84.5 8.76%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 82.7 11.12%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 79.5 15.60%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 77.1 19.20%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 75.9 21.08%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 69.7 31.85%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 66.6 37.99%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 55.6 65.29%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 54.1 69.87%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 30.9 197.41%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 25.2 264.68%

GeForce 7600 GT

Doom 3 - 1280x1024 – Low Score Difference
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 94.9 18.33%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 93.9 17.08%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 91.6 14.21%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 91.4 13.97%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 90.4 12.72%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 87.5 9.10%
GeForce 7600 GT OC (XFX) 85.8 6.98%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 82.2 2.49%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 80.8 0.75%
GeForce 7600 GS OC (Inno3D) 80.2  
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 77.5 3.48%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 76.6 4.70%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 75.8 5.80%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 61.5 30.41%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 59.9 33.89%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 55.1 45.55%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 46.8 71.37%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 44.7 79.42%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 37.3 115.01%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 36.6 119.13%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 19.6 309.18%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 16.0 401.25%

GeForce 7600 GT

Doom 3 - 1600x1200 – Low Score Difference
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 92.0 38.97%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 86.6 30.82%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 83.4 25.98%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 80.8 22.05%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 77.5 17.07%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 76.2 15.11%
GeForce 7600 GT OC (XFX) 73.1 10.42%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 69.1 4.38%
GeForce 7600 GS OC (Inno3D) 66.2  
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 64.4 2.80%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 63.4 4.42%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 63.1 4.91%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 62.4 6.09%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 46.2 43.29%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 45.9 44.23%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 38.9 70.18%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 31.7 108.83%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 31.5 110.16%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 26.5 149.81%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 25.5 159.61%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 13.1 405.34%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 10.6 524.53%

GeForce 7600 GT

Doom 3 - 1024x768 - High Score Difference
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 95.3 4.73%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 94.8 4.18%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 94.6 3.96%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 94.4 3.74%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 93.6 2.86%
GeForce 7600 GT OC (XFX) 93.2 2.42%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 92.3 1.43%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 92.2 1.32%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 91.8 0.88%
GeForce 7600 GS OC (Inno3D) 91.0  
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 88.8 2.48%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 83.6 8.85%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 81.7 11.38%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 76.5 18.95%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 73.8 23.31%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 70.8 28.53%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 65.5 38.93%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 61.0 49.18%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 50.4 80.56%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 48.7 86.86%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 27.8 227.34%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 22.9 297.38%

GeForce 7600 GT

Doom 3 - 1280x1024 - High Score Difference
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 94.9 20.28%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 94.8 20.15%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 91.2 15.59%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 90.2 14.32%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 88.7 12.42%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 86.7 9.89%
GeForce 7600 GT OC (XFX) 84.6 7.22%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 80.9 2.53%
GeForce 7600 GS OC (Inno3D) 78.9  
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 78.2 0.90%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 74.4 6.05%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 73.9 6.77%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 72.4 8.98%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 58.5 34.87%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 55.5 42.16%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 52.6 50.00%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 44.4 77.70%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 41.7 89.21%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 34.4 129.36%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 33.4 136.23%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 18.4 328.80%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 15.0 426.00%

GeForce 7600 GT

Doom 3 - 1600x1200 - High Score Difference
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 91.5 40.55%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 88.4 35.79%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 82.2 26.27%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 79.9 22.73%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 75.8 16.44%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 75.2 15.51%
GeForce 7600 GT OC (XFX) 72.0 10.60%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 67.8 4.15%
GeForce 7600 GS OC (Inno3D) 65.1  
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 61.4 6.03%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 61.1 6.55%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 60.6 7.43%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 60.3 7.96%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 44.2 47.29%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 43.4 50.00%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 37.7 72.68%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 30.5 113.44%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 30.4 114.14%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 25.0 160.40%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 24.1 170.12%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 11.6 461.21%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 10.3 532.04%

Far Cry

Far Cry is a game based on the new Shader 3.0 (DirectX 9.0c) programming model available on series 6 and 7 from NVIDIA and series X1000 from ATI graphics chips. We’ve updated the game to version 1.3.
 
As we’ve done on other programs, we ran this game at three resolutions, 1024x768x32, 1280x1024x32 and 1600x1200x32. This game allows several image quality levels and we’ve done our benchmarking on two levels, low and very high. To measure the performance we used the demo created by German magazine PC Games Hardware (PCGH), available at http://www.3dcenter.org/downloads/farcry-pcgh-vga.php. We run this demo four times and made an arithmetical average with the results. This average is the result presented in our graphs.

This game has a very important detail in its image quality configuration. Antialising, instead of being configured by numbers (1x, 2x, 4x or 6x) is configured as low, medium or high. The problem is that on NVIDIA chips both medium and high mean 4x, while on ATI chips medium means 2x and high means 6x, making the comparison between ATI and NVIDIA chips completely unfair. Because of that we configured antialising at 4x and anisotropic filtering at 8x manually at the video driver control panel.

For further details on how to measure 3D performance with Far Cry, read our tutorial on this subject.

The results you check below. Keep in mind that models marked as "OC" are factory-overclocked. GeForce 7600 GT OC from XFX was running at 590 MHz with its memory being accessed at 1.6 GHz (800 MHz DDR) while the standard clock configuration for a GeForce 7600 GT is 560 MHz/1.4 GHz (700 MHz DDR). GeForce 7600 GS OC from Inno3D was running at 500 MHz with its memory being accessed at 1.4 GHz (700 MHz DDR) while the standard clock configuration for a GeForce 7600 GS is 400 MHz/800 MHz (400 MHz DDR).

GeForce 7600 GT

Far Cry - 1024x768 – Low Score Difference
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 145.56 7.37%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 145.51 7.33%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 145.42 7.27%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 145.16 7.07%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 144.93 6.90%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 144.54 6.62%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 144.44 6.54%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 144.02 6.23%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 136.68 0.82%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 136.43 0.63%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 135.74 0.13%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 135.67 0.07%
GeForce 7600 GS OC (Inno3D) 135.57  
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 135.44 0.10%
GeForce 7600 GT OC (XFX) 135.02 0.41%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 134.94 0.47%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 134.93 0.47%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 132.76 2.12%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 130.43 3.94%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 123.60 9.68%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 120.56 12.45%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 112.52 20.49%

GeForce 7600 GT

Far Cry - 1280x1024 – Low Score Difference
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 143.19 8.09%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 142.98 7.93%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 142.41 7.50%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 141.73 6.99%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 140.71 6.22%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 140.49 6.05%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 138.43 4.50%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 133.27 0.60%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 133.24 0.58%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 133.09 0.47%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 132.52 0.04%
GeForce 7600 GS OC (Inno3D) 132.47  
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 132.32 0.11%
GeForce 7600 GT OC (XFX) 132.10 0.28%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 131.86 0.46%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 131.78 0.52%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 131.03 1.10%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 127.71 3.73%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 127.24 4.11%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 89.16 48.58%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 87.83 50.83%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 72.96 81.57%

GeForce 7600 GT

Far Cry - 1600x1200 - Low Score Difference
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 143.59 8.03%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 142.30 7.06%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 141.82 6.70%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 139.29 4.79%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 134.03 0.84%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 133.96 0.78%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 133.93 0.76%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 133.59 0.50%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 133.18 0.20%
GeForce 7600 GS OC (Inno3D) 132.92  
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 132.30 0.47%
GeForce 7600 GT OC (XFX) 132.27 0.49%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 130.85 1.58%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 128.32 3.58%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 127.64 4.14%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 121.01 9.84%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 109.30 21.61%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 108.98 21.97%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 105.22 26.33%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 63.37 109.75%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 59.82 122.20%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 48.85 172.10%

GeForce 7600 GT

Far Cry - 1024x768 - Very High Score Difference
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 76.61 7.21%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 76.55 7.12%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 76.18 6.61%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 75.82 6.10%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 75.38 5.49%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 75.35 5.44%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 74.65 4.46%
GeForce 7600 GT OC (XFX) 73.92 3.44%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 72.70 1.74%
GeForce 7600 GS OC (Inno3D) 71.46  
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 70.72 1.05%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 69.40 2.97%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 67.93 5.20%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 63.05 13.34%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 54.82 30.35%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 48.28 48.01%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 47.91 49.15%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 40.72 75.49%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 38.28 86.68%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 23.67 201.90%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 20.41 250.12%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 18.74 281.32%

GeForce 7600 GT

Far Cry - 1280x1024 - Very High Score Difference
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 75.28 43.97%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 73.31 40.20%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 71.77 37.25%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 71.13 36.03%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 70.00 33.87%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 68.59 31.17%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 67.93 29.91%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 67.09 28.30%
GeForce 7600 GT OC (XFX) 58.91 12.66%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 53.88 3.04%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 53.81 2.91%
GeForce 7600 GS OC (Inno3D) 52.29  
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 51.53 1.47%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 45.80 14.17%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 38.43 36.07%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 35.59 46.92%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 31.41 66.48%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 28.20 85.43%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 25.82 102.52%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 15.07 246.98%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 14.15 269.54%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 13.62 283.92%

GeForce 7600 GT

Far Cry - 1600x1200 - Very High Score Difference
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 71.88 86.60%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 71.57 85.80%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 68.62 78.14%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 59.50 54.47%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 59.36 54.10%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 58.10 50.83%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 54.23 40.78%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 52.35 35.90%
GeForce 7600 GT OC (XFX) 43.81 13.73%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 39.93 3.66%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 39.62 2.86%
GeForce 7600 GS OC (Inno3D) 38.52  
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 34.29 12.34%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 34.06 13.09%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 27.74 38.86%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 24.51 57.16%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 22.78 69.10%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 20.01 92.50%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 19.53 97.24%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 11.28 241.49%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 8.04 379.10%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 7.01 449.50%

Conclusions

We were really impressed by GeForce 7600 GST, as it delivers what it promises: it is a video card with a performance level near GeForce 7600 GT but costing less. In almost all scenarios GeForce 7600 GT and GeForce GST achieved the same performance level and when GeForce 7600 GT was faster, it was only around 5% faster. Only in one situation GeForce 7600 GT was really faster than GeForce 7600 GST, and this was on 3DMark03 at 1600x1200 enabling the maximum image quality settings (the performance difference there was of 14%). We must make it clear that GeForce 7600 GST has nothing to do with the regular GeForce 7600 GS. As you can see on our results, the performance difference between them is huge: 20%, 30%, 40%, 50% or even more, depending on the program and configuration.

Also, GeForce 7600 GST achieved a performance similar to high-end video cards from NVIDIA’s previous family, like GeForce 6800 GS and GeForce 6800 GT. GeForce 7600 GST also kept Radeon X1600 XT eating dust.

With this video card you will be able to play games in high resolutions enabling video quality settings a little bit. Of course if you want to play at 1600x1200 or above with all image quality settings enabled with a very high performance, you will need to by a high-end – and more expensive – video card.

The magic behind GeForce 7600 GST is quite simple. Inno3D got a 7600 GT PCB and memories and soldered a cheaper GPU, GeForce 7600 GS, on it. You won’t achieve the same overclocking level on a regular GeForce 7600 GS simply because you won’t find the 1.4 ns Infineon memories on any GeForce 7600 GS. The specs are completely different: while on regular GeForce 7600 GS the memory runs at 800 MHz, on this VGA the memory runs at 1.4 GHz, a 75% clock increase. The memory chips that come with the regular GeForce 7600 GS simply can’t support this overclocking.

We have already stated that we think GeForce 7600 GT is definitely the best mid-range VGA card available today. As the price difference between GeForce 7600 GST and GeForce 7600 GT can be huge depending where you quote them (GeForce 7600 GST has a suggested price of USD 169 as GeForce 7600 GT average price is of USD 211.50 – you can find it around USD 180 on TigerDirect.com, though), buying this GeForce 7600 GST is a no-brainer if you want a performance almost like GeForce 7600 GT and want to save some money. However, if you find GeForce 7600 GST costing more than its suggested price, forget about it. In this case we recommend you to buy a real GeForce 7600 GT at TigerDirect.com.

The problem with GeForce 7600 GST – and that’s a huge problem – is that it is very hard to find this video card in the USA. Inno3D sent us a list of official distributors in the US and none of them were carrying this VGA. Actually no US-based price comparison websites (Shopping.com, PriceGrabber.com and Pricewatch.com) list Inno3D products. Froogle.com does but for a Hong Kong-based on-line store that has presence in the US but isn’t carrying this video card.  Oh yes. Besides Hong Kong – Inno3D’s hometown – we found it being sold in Australia.

InnoVision, the company behind Inno3D, has to solve this huge distribution issue if they want to grow.

The bottom line: great product if you are able to find it.

Originally at http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Inno3D-GeForce-7600-GST-Review/345


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