Nvidia 7900 GT and GTX Card Mini Roundup Review

Game Tests - Oblivion

Oblivion

Oblivion is an awesome RPG with a simply huge immersive environment, great graphics and incredibly realistic scenary. This game is currently one of the most testing games that you can buy and it is certainly a test of our high-end nvidia cards here. I chose to do a run-through of the Arena part of the 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 had to do these in slightly more detail as Oblivion has so many settings and they affect performance so much. The general settings are as follows:

oblivion settings

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

oblivion fps

I feel that nvidia's performance is not as good as ATI's in this game

XFX 7900GT 256

The XFX card had to have the resolution lowered to 1600 x 900 to run Oblivion. This did still look nice but I felt that this res was a little aliased. The settings in-game for the XFX were slightly higher than the Gainward could handle and the FPS was still above what the Gainward card outputted. Gaming was smooth and enjoyable, if a little jaggy. I used HDR rather than AA in this title as it gives the game a more realistic and immersive feel. I must have missed a screen with this card, but specular dist was very slightly higher than the Gainward card.

oblivion


Gainward 7900GT 512mb

The Gainward managed to play Oblivion at the same resolution as the XFX card but I had to tune down the settings a little in-game. This was a little disappointing as I like the larger view distance with the XFX card as well as some of the extra details. As before the scenes were a little jaggy but the game was playable at this resolution. The Gainward struggled ever so slightly when you walked outside to a huge scenery, but not enough to spoil the games smooth running.

gainward oblivion


Club3d 7900GTX 512mb

The 7900GTX managed to play Oblivion at 1680 x 1050. This gave far less jaggies than the GT's but then this card is a GTX chip. The in-game settings were also a bit higher and this again made the game more enjoyable. Playing on the GTX looked very nice, but I was a little disappointed that the nvidia hardware ran the game at lower settings than the ATI hardware. The X1900XTX ran this game pretty much at the same in-game settings as the GTX, but at a higher resolution of 1920 x 1200. This gives a lot less jaggies and is more enjoyable. I did run the "Chuck patch" on the ATI hardware and AA + HDR looked awesome. I had issues with this patch though so I could not include these results in the review.

oblivion 7900gtx
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Most Recent Comments

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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