Nvidia 7900 GT and GTX Card Mini Roundup Review

Benchmarks - 3dMark


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:

3dMark 03

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.


As you can see the Club3d scored quite a lot higher than the ATI card. In fact: all nvidia cards scored a lot higher than the ATI card. I ran all benchmarks through three times to make sure that there was not a problem and this score is accurate. I am slightly confused at this but it appears ATI cards do not fare well in this benchmark. The XFX did very well in this benchmark and left the Gainward trailing behind. The slower memory speed seems to be a definate negative in these benchmarks.


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.

Once again we see the Gainward trailing behind in this benchmark. The slower memory speed is definately affecting the cards performance in this test. The XFX performed well again with the GTX taking the nvidia's top 3dMark. Here we see the ATI card coming into its own with a higher stock score than the GTX. All nvidia cards performed well in this test and this is an indicator (only) that the cards will be fine with games from that time.


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.

Benchmarking Roundup

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.

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Most Recent Comments

20-05-2006, 07:27:48

Excellent Review Kemp, keep it up


20-05-2006, 07:42:45

Yup, nice work Quote

20-05-2006, 07:47:16

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

20-05-2006, 08:26:24

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

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

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