Gainward Bliss Golden Sample 7950GT 512mb
Author: Matthew Kemp (kempez)
Product Acquired: Gainward
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:
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:
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.