Nvidia 7900 GT and GTX Card Mini Roundup Review

Game Tests - 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 maked 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 all our cards.

The settings used are as follows:

FEAR SETTINGS

Here are the minimum, maximum and average FPS for the cards at the above settings:

COD2FPS

Once again 1920 x 1200 were managed by the top-end cards and the GT's had to be lowered very slightly. 1680 x 1050 is still an awesome performance for these cards and looks great.

Here's how I felt the cards played.

XFX 7900GT 256

CoD 2 was a title that the XFX card struggled very slighly with it. The game was playable at this level but I felt that the Gainward managed to tackle the task better than the XFX card. Perhaps the extra 256mb of memory helped here, rather than just brutal memory clock speed. Still - playing CoD 2 at this resolution is awesome. 2 x AA on most resolutions looks lovely on this sexy looking game.

Gainward 7900GT 512mb

The Gainward was the fastest of the two 7900GT cards on show in this roundup. The extra memory undoubtedly helped the card render the game at this high resolution with 2 x AA. I did try 1920 x 1200 but this was not playable - though not by much. I felt that the image quality lost by taking AA out of the secenes was not worth it even at the higher resolution. I personally really do not like jaggies.

Club3d 7900GTX 512mb

The Club3d once again played the game at the highest setting out of the three nvidia cards. This was to be expected but I felt that the X1900XTX did provide quite a bit smoother experience than the GTX, even though the game was very playable at this high resolution.

Call of Duty looks spectacular at the resolutions played by these cards and I was very impressed once again by how the cards coped with the game.
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20-05-2006, 07:17:01

FarFarAway
We take a look at a couple of nvida's high-end cards

Click Here for the goodnessQuote

20-05-2006, 07:27:48

Hyper
Excellent Review Kemp, keep it up

SamQuote

20-05-2006, 07:42:45

dave87
Yup, nice work Quote

20-05-2006, 07:47:16

MonkeyMeow
Lovely, now i'm dying for my Asus 7900 512MB GTX Quote

20-05-2006, 08:26:24

FarFarAway
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='MonkeyMeow'
Lovely, now i'm dying for my Asus 7900 512MB GTX
Yep anyone wanting a new card - those are £300ish if you use the SpecialTech OfferQuote

20-05-2006, 08:41:02

limqareb
the problem of the gainward is the same i have on my 7800 so that happend after i overclocked it and i think i f**ked the ram, btw great review all the text must have taken you ages to writeQuote

20-05-2006, 09:33:00

FarFarAway
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='limqareb'
the problem of the gainward is the same i have on my 7800 so that happend after i overclocked it and i think i f**ked the ram, btw great review all the text must have taken you ages to write
Yep the review took a while

Thanks guys - glad you like it Quote

20-05-2006, 13:20:27

Eguy
Nice job as always kemp, I just got a XFX 7900GT for a customer, they are very pleased with it Quote

20-05-2006, 19:46:45

PV5150
Awesome review mateQuote

21-05-2006, 10:27:56

twisted5
Nice review Kemp One question...did you notice any kind of high pitch whine coming from any of the cards at any time? There is a thread going over at XS about this and apparently there are some cards that have an IC that gets VERY hot and starts to whine. The thread can be found HERE. Anyone else with a 7900 series card noticed this? It took a little listening to find it on mine since it is already loud in the room that my comp is in but it is there. I ended up just putting a memory heatsink on it and the 120mm fan in the side of my case takes care of the cooling on it.Quote

21-05-2006, 11:44:54

FarFarAway
Hmm I have been noticing a loud pitched whine coming out of this one yes. didn't notice it during the review thoughQuote

21-05-2006, 15:44:23

Ham
Just me or is there 2 page 6s? :s

And 10 and 11. May be my browzer...Quote

21-05-2006, 16:11:51

Raven
Ham, your not aloneQuote

21-05-2006, 16:52:55

JN
Fixed, just Kemp accidentally re-submitting the same pages after checking them due to a PM from a spelling whore no doubt.Quote

21-05-2006, 16:53:52

FarFarAway
We'll get it sorted. This is due to WC making me go through the entire review. If I submit a page without making changes another page Quote

21-05-2006, 17:35:10

jiffz
I don't read loads of reviews on any site tbh, however I do think that is the best review/comparison I have read. I enjoy a good comparison and all cards are well described, analysed, well pictured with easy to follow results. It's all very well laid out and this must have taken a lot of time. Fair doos mate Quote

21-05-2006, 17:42:11

FarFarAway
Thanks mate that's really appreciated. It did take up quite a fair amount of my spare time but hopefully it'll help out a few people who are wanting to make a decision on what to buy.

Quote

21-05-2006, 18:02:08

twisted5
Kemp: Could you look and see if you can find where the whining is coming from?Quote

21-05-2006, 18:05:51

FarFarAway
I aint getting any right now plus i have to go to bed but I will do tomorrow mate ok Quote

21-05-2006, 21:21:31

jiffz
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kempez
Thanks mate that's really appreciated. It did take up quite a fair amount of my spare time but hopefully it'll help out a few people who are wanting to make a decision on what to buy.

I'd deffinately have that Club 3D one. Now it's just a case of finding the cash for one of 'em!!! Quote

21-05-2006, 21:56:43

twisted5
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Kempez'
I aint getting any right now plus i have to go to bed but I will do tomorrow mate ok
I hope I didn't come across as wanting you to do it right then and there, just whenever you get a chance and remember it. I know both of my 7900GTX cards do it when transfering from 2d to 3d things and for awhile after that. It is actually starting to get kind of annoying now that I have noticed it.Quote

22-05-2006, 05:22:22

WC Annihilus
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Kempez'
We'll get it sorted. This is due to WC making me go through the entire review. If I submit a page without making changes another page
Yes, I do seem to have become the unofficial review checker. And I prolly bug the frick out of those 2 with it.

Anyways, nice review man Quote

22-05-2006, 06:17:32

FragTek
Awesome, awesome review!

Good job Kemp!Quote

14-06-2006, 05:39:03

FarFarAway
Please note that I have amended this review conclusion after discussion with Gainward.

ThanksQuote

14-06-2006, 05:49:18

twisted5
What was changed? I didn't notice anything or did I just miss it?

EDIT: NM I found it...I am just blindQuote

14-06-2006, 09:32:36

jmke
good review; solid testing method, I like it, thumbs up.

would have loved to see 7900GT 256Mb vs 512Mb shoot-out between XFX and Gainward with both memory/GPU speeds the same; interesting to see how they stack up.

guess that I'll have to check myself Sparkle 512Mb vs Club3D 256MbQuote
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