Nvidia 7900 GT and GTX Card Mini Roundup Review
Published: 18th May 2006 | Source: XFX | Price: |Benchmarking
I used the popular gaming benchmarks made by Futuremark to bench all four 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 cards will run on games that rely on DX 8. None of the cards in the review had any problems running this benchmark.
I ran 3dMark05. This benchmark requires some more features of directX 9 and gets slightly more taxing on the cards. Once again this top-end hardware ran the test fine.
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.
By this point we see that the trend is for the Gainward card to be slower in the benchmarking stakes than the XFX. As stated before this is almost certainly due to the speed that the memory is running at. The GTX steps slightly ahead in this benchmark over the X1900XTX, but that is not enough of an issue to say that one is definately faster than the other.
If you are after cards that score well at stock than the XFX is the best cards out of the GT's by some margain. The battle between nvidia and ATI high-end hardware is somewhat blurry though, with the XTX and the GTX showing strength in different areas.