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, 07:27:48

Hyper
Excellent Review Kemp, keep it up

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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
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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
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