Gainward Bliss Golden Sample 7950GT 512mb
Author: Matthew Kemp (kempez)
Product Acquired: Gainward
Benchmarking - 3DMark
For this section I will include only the results from the cards I have run 3DMark on in the test system. This is the X1950XT-X and the 7950GX2, as well as the Asus X1950 pro single card and crossfire results.
I used the popular gaming benchmarks made by Futuremark to bench all of the cards. I used 3dMark 03, 05 and 06. All benches were performed at stock speeds for this section. I ran all benchmarks from the stock settings just like the free versions to give you a good comparison of scores.
The Results were as follows:
First we start with 3dMark03. This is a benchmark that relies heavily on DirectX 8 features. This will give an indication of how the card will run on games that rely on DX 8.
An impressive score from the 7950 GT, far outperforming the X1950 Pro. It seems that nVidia cards generally better in 3DMark03.
I ran 3dMark05. This benchmark requires some more features of DirectX 9 and gets slightly more taxing on the cards.
3dmark05 seems to even things up a bit with the ATI card coming in more proportionally to the Gainward 7950. However the Gainward card holds it's own here.
3dMark06 is the latest in the benchmarking tests from Futuremark. It has a lot of DirectX 9.0c features such as HDR and use of Shader model 3.0. This benchmark is very taxing for the cards and also includes quite a harsh CPU benchmark. Seeing as this was run with the exact same CPU this was not an issue.
06 is a good test of DX 9.0c performance and here the Gainward card pulls one over on the ATI X1950 Pro. A very decent performance showing the cards (and nVidia's) strength in 3dmark06.
Overall some nice bench scores from the Gainward 7950 GT - a good card to get going with the Futuremark ORB!