Gainward Bliss Golden Sample 7950GT 512mb
Author: Matthew Kemp (kempez)
Product Acquired: Gainward
F.E.A.R. is a game based on an engine that uses many features of DirectX 9.0c.
It has volumetric lighting, soft shadows, parallax mapping and particle effects, with a slow-motion mode that really taxes today's top of the line GPU's. I fully patched version the game with the latest patch. I played three two-minute runs on a taxing part of the game with plenty of action, using slow-motion for the full time whilst firing at enemy soldiers and using grenades that produce a cool "blast" contortion effect when blown up.
Here are the settings that were found to be optimal for F.E.A.R. on a Dell 2405FPW display:
The card performed very well whilst I was playing and it was a thoroughly enjoyable gaming experience, very smooth. I managed a slightly higher resolution than that on the X1950 Pro and this looked excellent on all max settings. The gameplay was noticeably smoother on the 7950 GT than the single X1950 Pro, though ATI's IQ showed through on the slightly cheaper card.
Call of Duty 2
Call of Duty 2 is a fairly recent game that uses a lot of DirectX 9.0c features, including real time shadows, amazing smoke effects and some nice looking HDR effects. This makes the game very taxing at these high resolutions. I played a fully patched up version of the game. Once again I played through the game with a two minute gaming session including explosions, smoke and also lots of snow. This should tax our cards.
Here are the settings that were found to be optimal for Call of Duty on a Dell 2405FPW display:
Once again the 7950 GT gave a great showing in the demanding CoD 2. An enjoyable experience in such a great looking game as CoD 2 and I don't think that the IQ problems that nVidia had were as pronounced on the 7950 GT as they are on other games.