Summer 2006 GeForce 7 Graphics Gear

Test Setup And Benchmark Results

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System Hardware
Processor(s)AMD Athlon 64 FX-602.6 GHz, 1.0 GHz HTT Link, 1 MB L2 cache
PlatformAsus AN832-SLI PremiumNvidia nForce4 SLI, BIOS version 1205
RAMCorsair CMX1024-4400Pro2x 1024 MB @ DDR400 (CL3.0-4-4-8)
Hard DriveWestern Digital Raptor, WD1500ADFD150 GB, 10,000 RPM, 16 MB cache, SATA/150
NetworkingOn-Board nForce4 Gigabit Ethernet
Graphics CardsXFX GeForce 7950GX2 1 GB GDDR3570 MHz Core775 MHz Memory (1.55 GHz DDR)PNY GeForce 7900GTX 512 MB GDDR3675 MHz Core820 MHz Memory (1.64 GHz DDR)XFX GeForce 7900GT 256 MB GDDR3675 MHz Core815 MHz Memory (1.63 GHz DDR)PNY GeForce 7800 GTX 256 MB GDDR3430 MHz Core600 MHz Memory (1.20 GHz DDR)EVGA GeForce 7800 GT 256 MB GDDR3445 MHz Core535 MHz Memory (1.07 GHz DDR)XFX GeForce 7600GT 256 MB GDDR3590 MHz Core800 MHz Memory (1.60 GHz DDR)
Power SupplyPC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 1,000W
System Software & Drivers
OSMicrosoft Windows XP Professional 5.10.2600, Service Pack 2
DirectX Version9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
Platform DrivernForce 6.70
Graphics Driver(s)Nvidia - Forceware 84.21 WHQLNvidia - Forceware 91.29 Non-WHQL (7950GX2 Only)


In 3DMark 2005, we see the first of the general pattern we will see throughout the rest of the tests. The XFX 7950GX2 has the lead in our only synthetic benchmark. The one thing we will point out is that all of the cards do well but it is the 7950GX2 that can score higher at 2560x1600 than the GeForce 7800 and 7600 cards at 1024x768. The card was built to extend the bottom line at higher resolutions and this is the first of many where even at higher resolutions the card can keep up.