Asus EN 8800 GTX - nVidia's G80 Performance Revealed

Game Tests - Quake 4 and Oblivion

Quake 4

Quake 4 is a game built on the Doom 3 engine. This uses many DX 9.0c features and is a game that has not always ran so well on ATI hardware, being an OpenGL game. Once again I did three two minute runs on Quake 4 on each card and took the average of all my readings from these. I played a fast and furious part of the game that required both internal and external scenes.

Here are the settings that were found to be optimal for Quake 4 on a Dell 2405FPW:

quake 4 settings

oblivion fps graph

Quake 4 also ran ultra-smooth at these ultra-high details setings. Settings like this in Quake look very nice with not a jaggy in sight. Once again the 8800GTX nailed Quake 4 and was kept back by the rest of the system.


Oblivion is an awesome RPG with a simply huge immersive environment, great graphics and incredibly realistic scenery. This game is currently one of the most testing games that you can buy and it is certainly a test of the high-end cards here. I chose to do a run-through of the Arena part of the game. I spoke to a character, did some magic whilst in a fight and fought in the arena that is pretty huge. Also as well as doing this test I took a wander around to make sure that the benchmark resembled the general gameplay with each card. This benchmark really tests today's cards and ATI cards seem to do very well in this game, with nVidia cards lagging behind slightly.


Also note that I used the "Chuck" patch to enable AA and HDR for the ATI cards this was integrated in ATI's latest drivers. The nVidia card also allowed me to run the game with AA and HDR.


Here are the settings that were found to be optimal for Oblivion on a Dell 2405FPW display:

oblivion settings

oblivion fps

As I mentioned earlier: Oblivion is probably the most challenging game out on the market. Previously I could just about run it smoothly on the X1950XTX on 2 x AA. With the 8800GTX this is all taken in the cards stride and I felt that the restriction was once again on the test system's CPU. Oblivion is an awesome game and with 8 x QAA added onto the scene as well as HDR it is an immersive and almost spell-binding universe.

It's great to see nVidia manage to get HDR and AA in most situations with the 8800GTX and the sheer speed that the card implements this is beyond what we were imagining could be done before 8800 came out.

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Most Recent Comments

24-12-2007, 16:39:23

Been waiting for the OC3D to take a look at the 8800 GTS 512mb G92?

Well I've been working hard

Take a look!Quote

24-12-2007, 17:24:49

Great insight into the higher end of the gpu spectrum.

I have to be fair, even tho u`ve got a 1 to 4 positioning, I don`t think there`s that much in it for any of them. I know the Ati slides in the rankings, but it does show itself to be a fine card.

An interesting comparison would have been performance versus costing, seeing as they`re as close as they appear to be.

I`m a bit at odds with the oc results too. I simply can`t achieve the memory overclock on my GT without it having fits. But I can clock the gpu to around 720 (from 670).

What would impress me is some1 buying the cheapest GT, putting it under water, and claiming back those clock hertz with their superior cooling. Sounds nice.

Suprizes me a bit tho that the GTS isn`t launched as a bigger performer. Although pricewize, it does seem to start from stock where the GT limit starts. Leaving u further to climb

Nice review m8, think every1s doing the "going to bed early to get up early" trick Quote

24-12-2007, 17:25:40

Nice to see this review is finally up

Shame I cant view it as 128k is painfully slow :sleep:Quote

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