Nvidia Tightens Up Midrange Performance With The $300 GeForce 7950GT

Doom 3

Doom 3 is typically dominated by Nvidia, because its core design was matched to this game; its double Z buffering for stencil shadows has always given it an edge. Doom 3 leads us to believe there could be a driver-related hindrance to performance on the new cards. When looking at the 1024x768 results, it can be seen that the GeForce 7900GS and 7950GT both are slower than their peers. The test shows once again that the "older" XFX GeForce 7900GT 550M beats the challenger.

Black & White 2

Where Doom 3 is dominated by Nvidia based cards, Black & White 2 - with its heavy use of pixel shaders for hair, foliage, and water - shows ATI in the driver's seat. Once again we can see the GeForce 7900GT beats the 7950GT. The only place it wins is at 2560x1600 with AA disabled and once again at 2048x1536 with AA maxed out.