Nvidia 7900 GT and GTX Card Mini Roundup Review

Game Tests - Quake 4

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.

The settings used are as follows:

QUAKE 4 settings

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

quake 4 fps

I was very happy with all of the nvidia hardware in this game test. I managed to set them all at 1600 x 1200 on Ultra settings with at least 2 x AA.

Here's how they matched up.

XFX 7900GT 256

Quake 4 played at Ultra settings on this card. I was slightly suprised at this as I thought that Ultra settings required more video memory than 256 to play on. The brute force of the XFX card's memory must have helped it in this test. The card managed to run just a small amount faster than the Gainward card in this test which is a testament to its speed. I felt Quake 4 at 2 x AA looked good, but I also got similar looks at High settings with 4 x AA. I chose to include the higher settings in this review for reference sake.

Gainward 7900GT 512mb

The Gainward suffered from slightly slower memory in this test although the playable settings were exactly the same. Once again 4 x AA at high settings looked and played pretty similarly but I included the higher results. I was slightly disappointed with the Gainward card in this game as I would have thought the extra memory would help it out.

Club3d 7900GTX 512mb

The 7900GTX chip once again did very well at this resolution and added 2 x AA to the scene. You do not see much benefit from buying the GTX chip rather than the GT chip in this title, although 4 x AA does look a small amount nicer. The card beats the X1900XTX in that its fastest and slowest FPS is better. Nvidia have had the lead in this game for some time and do not look like giving it up.

If you are a big quake 4/Doom 3 engine game fan then an nvidia 7900 chip is exactly what you are looking for.
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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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