8800GTS shootout - XFX 8800GTS XXX vs Gainward 8800GTS "Golden Sample"

Game Tests - F.E.A.R., Quake 4 and Oblivion

F.E.A.R.

F.E.A.R. is a game based on an engine that uses many features of DirectX 9.0c. It has volumetric lighting, soft shadows, parallax mapping and particle effects, with a slow-motion mode that really taxes today's top of the line GPU's. I fully patched version the game with the latest patch. I played three two-minute runs on a taxing part of the game with plenty of action, using slow-motion for the full time whilst firing at enemy soldiers and using grenades that produce a cool "blast" contortion effect when blown up.

fear fps 8800gts


Once again F.E.A.R. is a pretty even match for both cards, without the large lead shown by the XFX in Counter Strike: Source.

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 nVidia traditionally did well on 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.

quake 4 fps 8800gts

The XFX had a slight edge in Quake 4, those faster stream processors giving the speed boost. I actually thought that the gameplay was slightly affected by the extra speed, but certainly not to a huge jump in gameplay.

Oblivion

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.

I enforced 4 x AA onto the game as nVidia cards now support AA and HDR in Oblivion.

oblivion fps 8800gts

Oblivion again shows a slight lead for the XFX card although this did not particularly affect the gameplay, once again.
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05-03-2007, 13:15:42

Hyper
Excellent review Kemp.

Definatly made a good read Quote

05-03-2007, 14:06:56

ionicle
looks like a good deal, does that GTS

but i am waiting to get a X1950XTX, when the R600 comes out, the price should plumit!

or so i hope Quote

05-03-2007, 14:25:07

markkleb
Hey Kempez, do you thing a XFX XXX 320Mb version would be better than a regular 640Mb version?Quote

05-03-2007, 14:38:52

FarFarAway
I didn't try the 320mb version I'm afraid mark - but I put it in the conclusion as a considerationQuote

05-03-2007, 16:34:36

ai_01
nice review kemp =P

@ markkleb out of the box, GTX is better, GTS stock is 500 whereas GTX is 550-575. I dont think price/performance wise thou a GTX is worth more to get.Quote
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