XFX Overclocked GeForce 7900 GT (PV-T71G-UCP7) Review
By Gabriel Torres on July 3, 2006


Introduction

GeForce 7900 GT is the simplest video card in the high-end GeForce 7900 chip family from NVIDIA, being an option for those users willing to have a high-end video card but not wanting to buy the most expensive one. But if you want a GeForce 7900 GT with a performance higher than the standard model costing almost the same, XFX provides a full series of overclocked models. We reviewed XFX GeForce 7900 GT 550M XTREME 256 MB with VIVO (PV-T71G-UCP7), which is an overclocked GeForce 7900 GT with video capture function. Let’s see how is the performance of this propelled model from XFX.

XFX GeForce 7900 GT 550M XTREME 256 MB with VIVO (PV-T71G-UCP7)
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Figure 1: XFX GeForce 7900 GT 550M XTREME 256 MB with VIVO (PV-T71G-UCP7).

GeForce 7900 GT standard specs are 450 MHz clock for the GPU and 1.32 GHz clock for the video memory.

XFX currently has nine (yes, nine) different GeForce 7900 GT models on their catalog:

As mentioned before, we reviewed XFX GeForce 7900 GT 550M XTREME 256 MB with VIVO (PV-T71G-UCP7), which runs at 550 MHz and accesses its memory at 1.63 GHz (815 MHz DDR).

With this clock specs, this particular model from XFX is positioned between GeForce 7900 GT and GeForce 7900 GTX, which runs at 650 MHz and accesses its memory at 1.6 GHz – as you can see, this overclocked model accesses its video memory at a higher clock rate than GeForce 7900 GTX. Actually there is no other technical difference between GeForce 7900 GT and GeForce 7900 GTX besides their clock rates, as they both share all other specs, including 24 pixel shader engines. In fact, they also share the same basic specs as GeForce 7950, but as GeForce 7950 GX2 uses two GeForce 7950 chips it has everything doubled.

You can see in our tutorial “NVIDIA Chips Comparison Table” the difference between GeForce 7900 GT and 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 XFX GeForce 7900 GT 550M XTREME 256 MB with VIVO (PV-T71G-UCP7). As you can see, its DVI connectors are lime yellow and it has a black metallic support on its top, where is written “XFX”.

XFX GeForce 7900 GT 550M XTREME 256 MB with VIVO (PV-T71G-UCP7)
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Figure 2: XFX GeForce 7900 GT 550M XTREME 256 MB with VIVO (PV-T71G-UCP7).

XFX GeForce 7900 GT 550M XTREME 256 MB with VIVO (PV-T71G-UCP7)
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Figure 3: XFX GeForce 7900 GT 550M XTREME 256 MB with VIVO (PV-T71G-UCP7), back view.

Overclocked GeForce 7900 GT (PV-T71G-UCP7) from XFX

We removed the video card heatsink to take a look. It is all made of copper, as you can see in Figure 4.

XFX GeForce 7900 GT 550M XTREME 256 MB with VIVO (PV-T71G-UCP7)
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Figure 4: The video card with its heatsink detached.

As you may have notice in Figure 2, the heatsink doesn’t touch the memory chips, so no cooling solution is provided for them.

This video card has eight GDDR3 256-Mbit 1.4 ns chips from Samsung (K4J55232QG-BC14), making its 256 MB video memory (256 Mbits x 8 = 256 MB). These are the same chips used by NVIDIA’s reference model for GeForce 7900 GT. They can run officially up to 1.4 GHz and on this video card they are overclocked to 1.63 GHz. As a curiosity, the Radeon X1900 GT we reviewed used the same memory chips but with a different speed grade (1.2 ns, BC12).

XFX GeForce 7900 GT 550M XTREME 256 MB with VIVO (PV-T71G-UCP7)
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Figure 5: Memory chips from Samsung used on this card.

The VIVO (video capture) function of this card is made through Phillips SAA7115HL chip, shown in Figure 6.

XFX GeForce 7900 GT 550M XTREME 256 MB with VIVO (PV-T71G-UCP7)
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Figure 6: Phillips SAA7115HL chip, in charge of VIVO (video capture) feature.

In Figure 7, you can see GeForce 7900 GT chip. As you can see, it is internally called G71-GT by NVIDIA.

XFX GeForce 7900 GT 550M XTREME 256 MB with VIVO (PV-T71G-UCP7)
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Figure 7: GeForce 7900 GT chip.

This video card comes with two DVI-to-VGA adapters, two S-Video cables, one VIVO cable and one PCI Express auxiliary power adapter.

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 7900 GT 

3DMar2001 SE - 1024x768 Score Difference
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 23,004 2.94%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 22,967 3.32%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 22,731 3.99%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 22,720 5.63%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 22,347  
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 22,228 0.54%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 21,858 2.24%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 21,510 3.89%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 21,487 4.00%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 21,433 4.26%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 21,043 6.20%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 20,299 10.09%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 20,084 11.27%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 20,072 11.33%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 19,865 12.49%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 19,864 12.50%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 19,797 12.88%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 18,630 19.95%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 17,881 24.98%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 17,412 28.34%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 16,840 32.70%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 14,453 54.62%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 14,132 58.13%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 12,545 78.13%

 GeForce 7900 GT

3DMar2001 SE - 1280x1024 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 21,466 3.97%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 21,449 3.88%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 21,038 1.89%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 20,882 1.14%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 20,868 1.07%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 20,647  
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 20,096 2.74%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 19,924 3.63%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 19,768 4.45%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 19,755 4.52%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 19,465 6.07%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 18,436 11.99%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 18,307 12.78%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 18,228 13.27%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 18,084 14.17%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 17,658 16.93%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 17,005 21.42%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 16,750 23.27%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 15,721 31.33%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 15,464 33.52%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 14,854 39.00%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 11,403 81.07%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 11,274 83.14%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 9,472 117.98%

 GeForce 7900 GT

3DMar2001 SE - 1600x1200 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 20,590 5.21%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 20,369 4.08%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 19,986 2.13%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 19,868 1.52%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 19,570  
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 19,382 0.97%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 18,988 3.07%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 18,793 4.13%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 18,749 4.38%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 18,390 6.42%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 18,140 7.88%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 16,784 16.60%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 16,649 17.54%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 16,590 17.96%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 16,483 18.73%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 15,524 26.06%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 15,498 26.27%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 14,481 35.14%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 13,694 42.91%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 12,938 51.26%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 12,741 53.60%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 9,059 116.03%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 8,129 140.74%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 6,729 190.83%

 GeForce 7900 GT

3DMar2001 SE - 1024x768 AAx4, FBx3 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 21,165 5.06%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 21,028 4.38%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 20,783 3.17%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 20,451 1.52%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 20,403 1.28%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 20,145  
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 19,671 2.41%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 19,321 4.26%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 19,208 4.88%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 19,103 5.45%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 18,336 9.87%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 17,187 17.21%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 16,979 18.65%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 16,856 19.51%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 16,834 19.67%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 16,775 20.09%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 16,529 21.88%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 16,408 22.78%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 15,745 27.95%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 15,021 34.11%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 13,635 47.74%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 9,718 107.30%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 8,928 125.64%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 8,210 145.37%

 GeForce 7900 GT

3DMar2001 SE - 1280x1024 AAx4, FBx3 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 19,774 7.67%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 19,440 5.85%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 19,354 5.38%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 18,778 2.24%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 18,447 0.44%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 18,366  
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 18,029 1.87%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 17,682 3.87%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 17,142 7.14%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 17,120 7.28%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 16,302 12.66%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 16,056 14.39%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 15,117 21.49%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 15,080 21.79%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 14,294 28.49%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 13,833 32.77%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 13,655 34.50%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 13,652 34.53%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 12,892 42.46%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 12,364 48.54%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 10,487 75.13%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 6,915 165.60%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 6,049 203.62%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 5,755 219.13%

 GeForce 7900 GT
3DMar2001 SE - 1600x1200 AAx4, FBx3 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 18,772 10.95%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 18,424 8.90%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 18,090 6.92%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 17,322 2.38%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 16,919  
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 16,299 3.80%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 16,213 4.35%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 15,920 6.28%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 15,734 7.53%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 15,503 9.13%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 15,362 10.14%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 14,418 17.35%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 11,829 43.03%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 11,663 45.07%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 11,127 52.05%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 10,659 58.73%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 9,891 71.05%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 9,455 78.94%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 8,429 100.72%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 6,620 155.57%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 5,625 200.78%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 3,558 375.52%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 3,205 427.89%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 2,606 549.23%

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 7900 GT

3DMark03 -1024x768 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 26,189 51.72%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 24,670 42.92%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 18,465 6.98%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 17,261  
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 16,544 4.33%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 15,631 10.43%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 15,375 12.27%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 15,004 15.04%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 13,760 25.44%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 13,630 26.64%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 13,144 31.32%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 12,782 35.04%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 12,111 42.52%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 11,285 52.96%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 11,223 53.80%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 9,563 80.50%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 9,352 84.57%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 9,134 88.98%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 8,213 110.17%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 8,056 114.26%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 7,295 136.61%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 4,847 256.12%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 4,128 318.14%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 3,468 397.72%

 GeForce 7900 GT

3DMark03 -1280x1024 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 22,880 59.73%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 21,038 46.87%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 15,394 7.47%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 14,324  
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 13,888 3.14%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 13,045 9.80%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 12,578 13.88%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 12,239 17.04%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 11,119 28.82%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 10,997 30.25%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 10,671 34.23%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 10,314 38.88%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 9,529 50.32%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 8,836 62.11%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 8,784 63.07%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 7,472 91.70%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 7,039 103.49%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 6,943 106.31%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 6,277 128.20%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 6,041 137.11%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 5,351 167.69%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 3,538 304.86%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 2,990 379.06%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 2,507 471.36%

 GeForce 7900 GT

3DMark03 - 1600x1200 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 21,176 75.59%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 18,152 50.51%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 14,090 16.83%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 12,060  
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 11,680 3.25%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 10,751 12.18%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 10,445 15.46%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 10,127 19.09%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 9,100 32.53%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 9,822 22.79%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 8,743 37.94%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 8,411 43.38%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 7,701 56.60%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 7,144 68.81%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 7,035 71.43%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 5,940 103.03%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 5,220 131.03%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 5,295 127.76%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 4,930 144.62%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 4,640 159.91%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 3,938 206.25%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 2,678 350.34%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 2,131 465.93%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 1,797 571.12%

 GeForce 7900 GT

3DMark03 - 1024x768 AAx4, Anisox4 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 19,582 65.68%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 17,431 47.48%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 12,560 6.27%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 11,819  
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 11,576 2.10%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 10,989 7.55%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 10,275 15.03%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 9,929 19.04%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 8,834 33.79%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 8,999 31.34%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 9,325 26.75%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 8,108 45.77%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 7,330 61.24%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 6,919 70.82%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 6,841 72.77%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 5,437 117.38%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 4,693 151.84%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 4,978 137.42%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 4,405 168.31%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 4,177 182.95%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 3,411 246.50%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 2,378 397.01%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 1,966 501.17%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 1,674 606.03%

 GeForce 7900 GT

3DMark03 - 1280x1024 AAx4, Anisox4 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 16,062 71.46%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 14,067 50.16%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 9,997 6.71%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 9,467 1.06%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 9,368  
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 9,050 3.51%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 7,980 17.39%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 7,733 21.14%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 7,249 29.23%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 6,979 34.23%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 6,841 36.94%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 6,278 49.22%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 5,324 75.96%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 5,172 81.13%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 5,025 86.43%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 3,962 136.45%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 3,747 150.01%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 3,475 169.58%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 3,116 200.64%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 2,547 267.81%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 2,454 281.74%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 1,497 525.78%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 1,351 593.41%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 1,212 672.94%

 GeForce 7900 GT
3DMark03 - 1600x1200 AAx4, Anisox4 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 13,355 76.58%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 11,629 53.76%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 8,168 8.00%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 7,852 3.82%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 7,563  
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 7,364 2.70%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 6,317 19.72%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 6,148 23.02%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 5,807 30.24%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 5,614 34.72%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 5,873 28.78%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 5,024 50.54%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 4,530 66.95%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 4,018 88.23%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 3,861 95.88%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 3,091 144.68%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 2,656 184.75%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 2,563 195.08%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 2,377 218.17%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 1,717 340.48%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 1,805 319.00%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 1,027 636.42%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 732 933.20%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 684 1,005.70%

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 7900 GT

3DMark05 - 1024x768 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 8,172 13.19
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 8,096 12.13
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 7,370 2.08
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 7,342 1.69
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 7,222 0.03
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 7,220  
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 6,982 3.41
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 6,863 5.20
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 6,789 6.35
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 6,471 11.57
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 6,343 13.83
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 5,732 25.96
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 5,594 29.07
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 4,991 44.66
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 4,941 46.12
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 4,537 59.14
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 4,301 67.87
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 3,993 80.82
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 3,675 96.46
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 2,886 150.17
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 2,872 151.39
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 1,701 324.46
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 1,433 403.84
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 1,365 428.94

 GeForce 7900 GT

3DMark05 - 1280x1024 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 7,918 17.72%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 7,804 16.03%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 6,962 3.51%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 6,761 0.52%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 6,726  
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 6,699 0.40%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 6,534 2.94%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 6,208 8.34%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 6,067 10.86%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 5,554 21.10%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 5,504 22.20%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 4,780 40.71%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 4,740 41.90%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 4,130 62.86%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 4,085 64.65%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 3,745 79.60%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 3,479 93.33%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 3,192 110.71%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 3,093 117.46%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 2,253 198.54%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 1,957 243.69%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 1,259 434.23%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 1,040 546.73%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 992 578.02%

 GeForce 7900 GT

3DMark05 - 1600x1200 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 7,749 25.17%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 7,598 22.73%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 6,559 5.94%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 6,513 5.20%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 6,220 0.47%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 6,191  
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 5,862 5.61%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 5,524 12.07%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 5,371 15.27%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 4,786 29.36%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 4,785 29.38%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 4,096 51.15%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 3,931 57.49%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 3,455 79.19%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 3,376 83.38%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 3,091 100.29%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 2,856 116.77%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 2,608 137.38%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 2,430 154.77%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 1,789 246.06%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 1,264 389.79%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 944 555.83%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 814 660.57%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 708 774.44%

 GeForce 7900 GT

3DMark05 - 1024x768 AAx4, Anisox4 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 7,845 17.88%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 7,735 16.23%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 6,893 3.58%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 6,788 2.00%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 6,717 0.93%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 6,656 0.02%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 6,655  
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 6,123 8.69%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 6,052 9.96%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 5,874 13.30%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 5,559 19.72%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 4,971 33.88%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 4,634 43.61%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 4,108 62.00%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 4,072 63.43%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 3,700 79.86%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 3,655 82.08%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 3,523 88.90%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 2,881 131.00%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 2,232 198.16%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 1,287 417.09%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 1,038 541.14%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 935 611.76%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 903 636.99%

 GeForce 7900 GT

3DMark05 - 1280x1024 AAx4, Anisox4 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 7,647 28.13%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 7,485 25.42%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 6,571 10.10%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 6,325 5.98%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 6,040 1.21%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 5,968  
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 5,955 0.22%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 5,277 13.09%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 5,186 15.08%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 4,915 21.42%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 4,664 27.96%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 4,028 48.16%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 3,738 59.66%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 3,295 81.12%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 3,286 81.62%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 2,969 101.01%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 2,891 106.43%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 2,510 137.77%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 2,232 167.38%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 1,722 246.57%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 803 643.21%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 581 927.19%

GeForce 7900 GT

3DMark05 - 1600x1200 AAx4, Anisox4 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 7,447 74.57%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 7,209 68.99%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 6,253 46.58%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 5,668 32.86%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 5,288 23.96%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 5,285 23.89%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 4,266  
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 4,205 1.45%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 4,168 2.35%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 3,776 12.98%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 3,746 13.88%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 3,325 28.30%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 2,644 61.35%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 2,553 67.10%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 2,365 80.38%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 2,235 90.87%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 2,233 91.04%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 1,948 118.99%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 1,552 174.87%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 1,374 210.48%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 589 624.28%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 341 1,151.03%

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 7900 GT OC from XFX was running at 550 MHz with its memory being accessed at 1.63 GHz (815 MHz DDR) while the standard clock configuration for a GeForce 7900 GT is 450 MHz/1.32 GHz (660 MHz DDR). GeForce 7950 GX2 OC from XFX was running at 570 MHz with its memory being accessed at 1.55 GHz (775 MHz DDR) while the standard clock configuration for a GeForce 7950 GX2 is 500 MHz/1.2 GHz (600 MHz DDR).

GeForce 7950 GX2

Doom 3 - 1024x768 Low Score Difference
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 96.7 1.58%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 95.9 0.74%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 95.2  
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 95.1 0.11%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 94.7 0.53%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 94.5 0.74%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 94.1 1.17%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 94.1 1.17%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 93.4 1.93%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 92.2 3.25%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 92.1 3.37%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 91.4 4.16%
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 91.3 4.27%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 84.5 12.66%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 82.7 15.11%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 79.5 19.75%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 77.1 23.48%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 75.9 25.43%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 69.7 36.59%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 66.6 42.94%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 55.6 71.22%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 54.1 75.97%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 30.9 208.09%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 25.2 277.78%

GeForce 7950 GX2

Doom 3 -1280x1024 Low Score Difference
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 94.9 0.85%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 94.1  
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 93.9 0.21%
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 92.0 2.28%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 91.6 2.73%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 91.4 2.95%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 91.4 2.95%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 90.4 4.09%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 87.5 7.54%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 85.3 10.32%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 82.2 14.48%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 80.8 16.46%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 77.5 21.42%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 76.6 22.85%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 75.8 24.14%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 61.5 53.01%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 59.9 57.10%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 55.1 70.78%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 46.8 101.07%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 44.7 110.51%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 37.3 152.28%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 36.6 157.10%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 19.6 380.10%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 16.0 488.13%

GeForce 7950 GX2

Doom 3 - 1600x1200 Low Score Difference
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 92.0 3.37%
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 91.8 3.15%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 91.6 2.92%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 89.0  
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 86.6 2.77%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 83.4 6.71%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 80.8 10.15%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 77.5 14.84%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 76.2 16.80%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 70.9 25.53%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 69.1 28.80%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 64.4 38.20%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 63.4 40.38%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 63.1 41.05%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 62.4 42.63%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 46.2 92.64%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 45.9 93.90%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 38.9 128.79%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 31.7 180.76%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 31.5 182.54%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 26.5 235.85%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 25.5 249.02%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 13.1 579.39%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 10.6 739.62%

GeForce 7950 GX2

Doom 3 - 1024x768 High Score Difference
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 95.3 0.53%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 94.8 0.00%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 94.8  
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 94.6 0.21%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 94.4 0.42%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 93.6 1.28%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 92.3 2.71%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 92.2 2.82%
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 92.1 2.93%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 91.8 3.27%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 91.7 3.38%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 90.9 4.29%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 88.8 6.76%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 83.6 13.40%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 81.7 16.03%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 76.5 23.92%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 73.8 28.46%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 70.8 33.90%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 65.5 44.73%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 61.0 55.41%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 50.4 88.10%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 48.7 94.66%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 27.8 241.01%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 22.9 313.97%

GeForce 7950 GX2

Doom 3 - 1280x1024 High Score Difference
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 94.9 1.17%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 94.8 1.07%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 93.8  
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 91.6 2.40%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 91.3 2.74%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 91.2 2.85%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 90.2 3.99%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 88.7 5.75%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 86.7 8.19%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 82.4 13.83%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 80.9 15.95%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 78.2 19.95%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 74.4 26.08%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 73.9 26.93%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 72.4 29.56%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 58.5 60.34%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 55.5 69.01%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 52.6 78.33%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 44.4 111.26%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 41.7 124.94%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 34.4 172.67%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 33.4 180.84%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 18.4 409.78%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 15.0 525.33%

GeForce 7950 GX2

Doom 3 - 1600x1200 High Score Difference
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 91.5 3.62%
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 91.4 3.51%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 91.4 3.51%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 88.4 0.11%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 88.3  
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 82.2 7.42%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 79.9 10.51%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 75.8 16.49%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 75.2 17.42%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 68.5 28.91%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 67.8 30.24%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 61.4 43.81%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 61.1 44.52%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 60.6 45.71%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 60.3 46.43%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 44.2 99.77%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 43.4 103.46%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 37.7 134.22%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 30.5 189.51%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 30.4 190.46%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 25.0 253.20%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 24.1 266.39%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 11.6 661.21%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 10.3 757.28%

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 7900 GT OC from XFX was running at 550 MHz with its memory being accessed at 1.63 GHz (815 MHz DDR) while the standard clock configuration for a GeForce 7900 GT is 450 MHz/1.32 GHz (660 MHz DDR). GeForce 7950 GX2 OC from XFX was running at 570 MHz with its memory being accessed at 1.55 GHz (775 MHz DDR) while the standard clock configuration for a GeForce 7950 GX2 is 500 MHz/1.2 GHz (600 MHz DDR).

GeForce 7950 GX2
Far Cry - 1024x768 Low Score Difference
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 148.26 9.24%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 145.56 7.25%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 145.51 7.21%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 145.42 7.15%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 145.16 6.96%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 144.93 6.79%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 144.54 6.50%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 144.44 6.42%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 144.02 6.12%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 136.68 0.71%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 136.43 0.52%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 135.74 0.01%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 135.72  
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 135.67 0.04%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 135.44 0.21%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 134.94 0.58%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 134.93 0.59%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 132.76 2.23%
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 131.69 3.06%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 131.48 3.22%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 130.43 4.06%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 123.60 9.81%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 120.56 12.57%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 112.52 20.62%
GeForce 7950 GX2
Far Cry - 1280x1024 Low Score Difference
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 145.00 9.72%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 143.19 8.35%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 142.98 8.19%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 142.41 7.76%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 141.73 7.24%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 140.71 6.47%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 140.49 6.30%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 138.43 4.74%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 133.27 0.84%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 133.24 0.82%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 133.09 0.70%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 132.52 0.27%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 132.32 0.12%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 132.16  
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 131.86 0.23%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 131.78 0.29%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 131.03 0.86%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 127.99 3.26%
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 127.89 3.34%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 127.71 3.48%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 127.24 3.87%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 89.16 48.23%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 87.83 50.47%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 72.96 81.14%
GeForce 7950 GX2
Far Cry - 1600x1200 Low Score Difference
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 145.81 9.05%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 143.59 7.39%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 142.30 6.42%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 141.82 6.07%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 139.29 4.17%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 134.03 0.24%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 133.96 0.19%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 133.93 0.16%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 133.71  
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 133.59 0.09%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 133.18 0.40%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 132.30 1.07%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 130.85 2.19%
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 128.99 3.66%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 128.38 4.15%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 128.32 4.20%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 127.64 4.76%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 121.01 10.50%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 109.30 22.33%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 108.98 22.69%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 105.22 27.08%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 63.37 111.00%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 59.82 123.52%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 48.85 173.72%
GeForce 7950 GX2
Far Cry - 1024x768 Very High Score Difference
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 78.79 6.57%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 76.61 3.63%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 76.55 3.54%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 76.18 3.04%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 75.82 2.56%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 75.38 1.96%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 75.35 1.92%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 74.65 0.97%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 73.93  
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 73.31 0.85%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 73.03 1.23%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 72.70 1.69%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 70.72 4.54%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 69.40 6.53%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 67.93 8.83%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 63.05 17.26%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 54.82 34.86%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 48.28 53.13%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 47.91 54.31%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 40.72 81.56%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 38.28 93.13%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 23.67 212.34%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 20.41 262.22%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 18.74 294.50%
GeForce 7950 GX2
Far Cry - 1280x1024 Very High Score Difference
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 75.28 3.18%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 73.31 0.48%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 72.96  
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 71.77 1.66%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 71.17 2.52%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 71.13 2.57%
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 71.13 2.57%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 71.03 2.72%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 70.00 4.23%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 68.59 6.37%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 67.93 7.40%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 67.09 8.75%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 53.88 35.41%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 53.81 35.59%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 51.53 41.59%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 45.80 59.30%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 38.43 89.85%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 35.59 105.00%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 31.41 132.28%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 28.20 158.72%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 25.82 182.57%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 15.07 384.14%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 14.15 415.62%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 13.62 435.68%
GeForce 7950 GX2
Far Cry - 1600x1200 Very High Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 72.35 4.30%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 71.88 3.62%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 71.70 3.36%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 71.57 3.17%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 69.37  
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 68.62 1.09%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 60.12 15.39%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 59.50 16.59%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 59.36 16.86%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 58.10 19.40%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 54.23 27.92%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 52.35 32.51%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 39.93 73.73%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 39.62 75.09%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 34.29 102.30%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 34.06 103.67%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 27.74 150.07%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 24.51 183.03%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 22.78 204.52%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 20.01 246.68%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 19.53 255.20%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 11.28 514.98%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 8.04 762.81%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 7.01 889.59%

Conclusions

As we’ve already stated in our GeForce 7900 GT review, GeForce 7900 GT is the perfect product for users wanting a high-end performance but not willing to give an arm to buy a high-end VGA like GeForce 7900 GTX or GeForce 7950 GX2. So we were very excited about this overclocked model from XFX, as Radeon X1900 GT gave GeForce 7900 GT a hard time on 3DMark05, making it difficult to say which card is the best.

We expected more from XFX GeForce 7900 GT 550M XTREME 256 MB with VIVO (PV-T71G-UCP7). Running at 550 MHz against 450 MHz on the standard GeForce 7900 GT wasn’t enough for making this video card faster than Radeon X1900 GT on 3DMark05. In all scenarios but one they achieve the same performance level. This exception was on 1600x1200 with image quality settings enable, where ATI’s product was 23.89% faster. This was really frustrating! Compared to the standard GeForce 7900 GT, the reviewed model was between 5% and 13% faster.

On the other hand, on 3DMark03, which simulates Shader 2.0 games, the overclocked GeForce 7900 GT from XFX was between 27% and 35% faster than Radeon X1900 GT, and 12% and 20% faster than standard GeForce 7900 GT.

At Doom 3 the reviewed video card achieved the same performance of the standard GeForce 7900 GT, being a little bit faster at 1600x1200 (around 7% faster). Here it was between 3% and 29% faster than Radeon X1900 GT, depending on the configuration.

And finally at Far Cry the overclocked GeForce 7900 GT from XFX achieved the same performance level of the standard GeForce 7900 GT, except at 1600x1200 with image quality settings enabled, where it was 17% faster. Radeon X1900 GT was, however, between 7% and 10% faster, but at 1600x1200 enabling image quality settings the overclocked GeForce 7900 GT from XFX was 15% faster.

The main problem we see with this video card is that it is virtually impossible to find it around. The only online store we’ve seen selling it was ZipZoomFly, and it was in back order there, quoted at USD 350 – Radeon X1900 GT’s official price.

You can find the standard GeForce 7900 GT also from XFX being sold at USD 270 in several on-line stores. Right, the standard model does not have video capture function. But you can find the standard GeForce 7900 GT model with VIVO at USD 290. Radeon X1900 GT can be found being sold at USD 300 – and it also has video capture function.

Since the overclocking carried by this particular model from XFX can be easily set with a standard GeForce 7900 GT – as it doesn’t have any special component compared to the standard model (like a memory with a higher speed grade, for instance) – we think buying this video card isn’t worthwhile.

In summary: First, this video card is hard to find; Second, it is quoted USD 60 more than a standard GeForce 7900 GT with VIVO function; Third, even though it was faster than standard GeForce 7900 GT, it would need a smaller price difference to make it attractive; Forth, you can set the same overclocking level with a standard GeForce 7900 GT.

You need a high-end card with video capture costing up to USD 300, we would recommend standard GeForce 7900 GT or Radeon X1900 GT, depending on the kind of game you play most.

Originally at http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/XFX-Overclocked-GeForce-7900-GT-PV-T71G-UCP7-Review/352


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