Gainward Bliss 7950 GX2

Game Tests - Quake 4 and Oblivion

Page <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script> Posted 19/09/2006
Author: Matthew Kemp (kempez)
Hardware Acquired: Gainward

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 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 display:

quake 4 gainward 7950 gx2

gainward 7950 gx2 quake 4

Quake 4 is based on the Dom 3 engine and nVidia traditionally do better in this game, so I was not suprised when the 7950GX2 again did very well in Quake 4. The gaming was smoother and more enjoyable than on the X1950XTX and as you can see the minimujm FPS was very high. I did try to put the AA up to 8x, but the card could not quite manage this. This is a slight shame as Quake 4 looks stunning at this level of detail.


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 nVidia 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 card - this improved the gaming experience immensely.

gainward 7950 gx2 oblivion

gainward 7950 gx2 oblivion

I was happy that the 7950GX2 could play Oblivion at 1920 x 1200, a feat that no previous single nVidia card had been able to do. The gaming was pretty smooth and the lowest FPS was higher than on the ATI card. Having said that: the ATI card was running with 2 x AA and the nVidia card had no AA on the scene. Gaming in Oblivion is a more enjoyable experience on the ATI card...hopefully nVidia can rectify this soon.

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