Gainward Bliss Golden Sample 7950GT 512mb

Game Tests - Quake 4 and Oblivion

Page <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script> Posted 12/11/06
Author: Matthew Kemp (kempez)
Product Acquired: Gainward

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:

gainward 7950 gt quake 4

gainward 7950 gt quake 4 fps

nVidia show their dominance in Quake 4 once again. Playing Q4 at these detail settings is very nice. The Gainward card almost managed to play at 4 x AA and after I overclocked the card it was nicely playable. At stock clocks however, the card couldn't quite manage 4 x AA.



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 improved the gaming experience immensely. This was integrated in ATI's latest drivers.


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

gainward 7950 gt oblivion

gainward 7950 gt oblivion fps

Whilst the FPS on the nVidia cards is better than the ATI cards what we must remember here is that the ATI cards have AA and HDR and so the Image Quality (IQ) looks far superior and produces a far far better gaming experience. The Gainward card did nicely in this game, but if you're a big Oblivion fan and can't afford G80, then ATI is where you are going to look.

The extra 512mb of memory seems to help in the game tests we've done. Gainward always strive to put that extra bit of memory on their cards and this has shown in our tough game tests.

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Most Recent Comments

23-07-2006, 12:43:39

We take a look at this silent card and see what we think. Link here

23-07-2006, 12:57:44

looks good but on page2 in an image it says cooling: fan(one slot)

liked the overclocked chart with the nonoverclocked score, easier to get a good look

23-07-2006, 12:59:09

Yeah it does doesn't it?

Ah well: it's from Gainwards website

23-07-2006, 13:03:46

Great review m8. Card is kinda... eh. I was thinkin bout getting one to replace the X800 128MB PCI-E in my spare rig, but after looking at benches my X800 rips it a new one :O.

23-07-2006, 13:09:53

Well it's a low-end card so it's not going to be the very best..

23-07-2006, 13:17:41

Originally Posted by name='Kempez'
Ah well: it's from Gainwards website
Gainward should have done better than that, passive cooling sounds much better than one slot fan.

23-07-2006, 14:10:24

Great review mate, cheers for that!

24-07-2006, 11:39:25

Nice review mate, if I was to build a computer at the minute I would definatly be putting one of those in as they are great value for money and silent

24-07-2006, 12:40:26

so you mean that card kills a 7800GS

24-07-2006, 12:41:24

Originally Posted by name='limqareb'
so you mean that card kills a 7800GS

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