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[nextpage title=”Introduction”]

Radeon X1900 GT is the simplest video card in the high-end Radeon X1900 chip family from ATI, being an option for those users willing to have a high-end video card but not wanting to buy the most expensive one. Competing with GeForce 7900 GT from NVIDIA, in this review we compared it to several other video cards from both ATI and NVIDIA. Check it out.

Radeon X1900 GTFigure 1: Connect3D Radeon X1900 GT.

Radeon X1900 GT runs at 575 MHz and accesses its video memory at 1.2 GHz. Like all high-end GPUs it accesses its video memory using a 256-bit interface. The main difference between Radeon X1900 GT and other current Radeon X1900 family members is the number of pixel shader engines: 36, against 48 on XT and XTX models.

You can see in our tutorial “ATI Chips Comparison Table” the difference between Radeon X1900 GT and the other chips from ATI, while on our tutorial “NVIDIA Chips Comparison Table” you can compare it to its competitors from NVIDIA.

Although this video card is being sold under Connect3D brand, the card itself is supplied by ATI (which, in turn, hires another company to manufacture their boards in China). Check on Figures 2, 3 and 4.

Radeon X1900 GTFigure 2: Connect3D sticker is a little big for this fan, don’t you think?

Radeon X1900 GTFigure 3: Peeling off the sticker and…

Radeon X1900 GTFigure 4: Guess what?

This is a normal procedure on the market. NVIDIA does the same. We are posting this just as a curiosity, as the sticker bigger than the fan caught our eye immediately, and we felt compelled in publishing this.

On Figures 5 and 6 you can see the Radeon X1900 GT from Connect3D.

Radeon X1900 GTFigure 5: Connect3D Radeon X1900 GT.

Radeon X1900 GTFigure 6: Connect3D Radeon X1900 GT, back view.

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We removed the video card heatsink to take a look. While its body is aluminum-made, its base and fins are copper-made, which is great, as you can see in Figure 7. The heatsink touches the memory chips, cooling them down.

Radeon X1900 GTFigure 7: The heatsink uses copper base and fins.

Radeon X1900 GTFigure 8: The video card with its heatsink detached.

This video card has eight GDDR3 256-Mbit 1.2 ns chips from Samsung (K4J55232QG-BC12), making its 256 MB video memory (256 Mbits x 8 = 256 MB). These chips can run up to 1.6 GHz. Since this video card accesses its memory at 1.2 GHz, there is an impressive 33.33% headroom if you wish to overclock it inside its specs.

As the reviewed card featured VIVO (video capture) function, it had a Rage Theater chip, shown in Figure 9.

Radeon X1900 GTFigure 9: ATI Rage Theater, in charge of VIVO function.

In Figure 10, you can see Radeon X1900 GT chip. As you can see, it is based on R580 core.

Radeon X1900 GTFigure 10: Radeon X1900 GT chip.

This video card comes with 2 DVI-to-VGA adapters, one RCA (composite video) cable, one component video adapter, one VIVO cable, one S-Video cable and one PCI Express auxiliary power adapter.

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* Researched at Shopping.com on the day we published this review.

[nextpage title=”How We Tested”]

During our benchmarking sessions, we used the configuration listed below. Between our benchmarking sessions the only variable was the video card being tested.

Hardware Configuration

  • Motherboard: DFI LAN Party 925X-T2 (Intel 925X, Sep. 20th, 2004 BIOS)
  • CPU: Pentium 4 3.4 GHz LGA 775
  • Memory: Two 512 MB DDR2-533 CM2X512-4200 CL4 from Corsair memory modules
  • Hard Drive: Maxtor DiamondMax 9 Plus (40 GB, ATA-133)
  • Screen resolution: [email protected] Hz

Software Configuration

  • Windows XP Professional installed using NTFS
  • Service Pack 2
  • Direct X 9.0c
  • Intel inf driver version: 6.0.1.1002
  • ATI video driver version: 4.10 (6.14.10.6483)
  • ATI video driver version: 4.12 (Radeon X850 Platinum Edition)
  • ATI video driver version: 5.3 (Radeon X800 GT)
  • ATI video driver version: 5.9 (Radeon X800 GTO)
  • ATI video driver version: 6.1 (Radeon X1600 XT from HIS)
  • ATI video driver version: 8.173 beta (Radeon X1000 series)
  • ATI video driver version: 8.203.3.0 (Radeon X1900 XTX)
  • NVIDIA video driver version: 66.93
  • NVIDIA video driver version: 77.72 (GeForce 7800 GTX)
  • NVIDIA video driver version: 78.02 (GeForce 7800 GT)
  • NVIDIA video driver version: 81.98 (GeForce 6800 GS)
  • NVIDIA video driver version: 84.21 (GeForce 7600 and 7900 series)
  • NVIDIA video driver version: 91.29 (GeForce 7950 GX2)

Used Software

We adopted a 3% error margin; thus, differences below 3% cannot be considered relevant. In other words, products with a performance difference below 3% should be considered as having similar performance.

[nextpage title=”3DMark2001 SE”]

3DMark2001 SE measures video card performance simulating DirectX 8.1 games. It is very effective software for evaluating the performance from previous-generation games, programmed using DirectX 8. In this software we run six tests. We run the software in three resolutions, 1024x768x32, 1280x1024x32 and 1600x1200x32, first without antialising and with no frame buffer, then we put the antialising at 4 samples and the frame buffer at triple-buffering. This improves the video quality but lowers the performance. We were willing to see how much performance we lost by putting the VGA to run at the maximum possible image quality. It is important to note that ATI chips can run at 6x antialising. Since NVIDIA chips cannot run at this configuration, we had to use 4x antialising to use a configuration that is valid to all video cards included in our bechmarks, allowing direct comparison between them.

You may be asking yourself why we added an old program in a review of a latest generation video card. To us, it is as important to know the performance of a video card with the latest games as it is to know its performance in an older game. That’s why we kept this software in our methodology.

The results you check below. Keep in mind that models marked as “OC” are factory-overclocked. GeForce 7900 GT OC from XFX was running at 550 MHz with its memory being accessed at 1.63 GHz (815 MHz DDR) while the standard clock configuration for a GeForce 7900 GT is 450 MHz/1.32 GHz (660 MHz DDR). GeForce 7950 GX2 OC from XFX was running at 570 MHz with its memory being accessed at 1.55 GHz (775 MHz DDR) while the standard clock configuration for a GeForce 7950 GX2 is 500 MHz/1.2 GHz (600 MHz DDR).

GeForce 7950 GX2

3DMark2001 SE – 1024×768 Score Difference
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 23,004 7.33%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 22,967 7.16%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 22,731 6.06%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 22,720 6.00%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 22,347 4.26%
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 22,228 3.71%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 21,858 1.98%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 21,510 0.36%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 21,487 0.25%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 21,433  
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 21,043 1.85%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 20,299 5.59%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 20,084 6.72%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 20,072 6.78%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 19,865 7.89%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 19,864 7.90%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 19,797 8.26%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 18,630 15.05%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 17,881 19.86%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 17,412 23.09%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 16,840 27.27%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 14,453 48.29%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 14,132 51.66%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 12,545 70.85%

GeForce 7950 GX2

3DMark2001 SE – 1280×1024 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 21,466 8.66%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 21,449 8.58%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 21,038 6.49%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 20,882 5.70%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 20,868 5.63%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 20,647 4.52%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 20,096 1.73%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 19,924 0.86%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 19,768 0.07%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 19,755  
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 19,465 1.49%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 18,436 7.15%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 18,307 7.91%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 18,228 8.38%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 18,084 9.24%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 17,658 11.88%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 17,005 16.17%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 16,750 17.94%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 15,721 25.66%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 15,464 27.75%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 14,854 32.99%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 11,403 73.24%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 11,274 75.23%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 9,472 108.56%

GeForce 7950 GX2

3DMark2001 SE – 1600×1200 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 20,590 9.82%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 20,369 8.64%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 19,986 6.60%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 19,868 5.97%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 19,570 4.38%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 19,382 3.38%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 18,988 1.27%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 18,793 0.23%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 18,749  
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 18,390 1.95%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 18,140 3.36%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 16,784 11.71%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 16,649 12.61%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 16,590 13.01%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 16,483 13.75%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 15,524 20.77%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 15,498 20.98%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 14,481 29.47%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 13,694 36.91%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 12,938 44.91%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 12,741 47.15%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 9,059 106.97%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 8,129 130.64%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 6,729 178.63%

GeForce 7950 GX2

3DMark2001 SE – 1024×768 AAx4, FBx3 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 21,165 9.54%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 21,028 8.83%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 20,783 7.57%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 20,451 5.85%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 20,403 5.60%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 20,145 4.26%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 19,671 1.81%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 19,321  
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 19,208 0.59%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 19,103 1.14%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 18,336 5.37%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 17,187 12.42%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 16,979 13.79%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 16,856 14.62%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 16,834 14.77%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 16,775 15.18%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 16,529 16.89%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 16,408 17.75%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 15,745 22.71%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 15,021 28.63%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 13,635 41.70%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 9,718 98.82%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 8,928 116.41%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 8,210 135.33%

GeForce 7950 GX2

3DMark2001 SE – 1280×1024 AAx4, FBx3 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 19,774 11.83%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 19,440 9.94%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 19,354 9.46%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 18,778 6.20%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 18,447 4.33%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 18,366 3.87%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 18,029 1.96%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 17,682  
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 17,142 3.15%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 17,120 3.28%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 16,302 8.47%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 16,056 10.13%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 15,117 16.97%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 15,080 17.25%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 14,294 23.70%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 13,833 27.82%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 13,655 29.49%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 13,652 29.52%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 12,892 37.15%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 12,364 43.01%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 10,487 68.61%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 6,915 155.70%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 6,049 192.31%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 5,755 207.25%

GeForce 7950 GX2

3DMark2001 SE – 1600×1200 AAx4, FBx3 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 18,772 17.91%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 18,424 15.73%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 18,090 13.63%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 17,322 8.81%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 16,919 6.28%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 16,299 2.38%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 16,213 1.84%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 15,920  
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 15,734 1.18%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 15,503 2.69%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 15,362 3.63%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 14,418 10.42%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 11,829 34.58%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 11,663 36.50%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 11,127 43.08%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 10,659 49.36%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 9,891 60.95%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 9,455 68.38%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 8,429 88.87%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 6,620 140.48%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 5,625 183.02%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 3,558 347.44%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 3,205 396.72%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 2,606 510.90%

[nextpage title=”3DMark03″]

3DMark03 measures performance by simulating games written to DirectX 9, which are contemporary games. We run this program in three resolutions, 1024x768x32, 1280x1024x32 and 1600x1200x32, first without antialising and anisotropic filtering, and then configuring antialising at 4x and anisotropic filtering also at 4x. This improves the video quality but lowers the performance. We were willing to see how much performance we lost by putting the VGA to run at the maximum possible image quality. It is important to note that ATI chips can run at 6x antialising. Since NVIDIA chips cannot run at this configuration, we had to use 4x antialising to use a configuration that is valid to all video cards included in our bechmarks, allowing direct comparison between them.

The results you check below. Keep in mind that models marked as “OC” are factory-overclocked. GeForce 7900 GT OC from XFX was running at 550 MHz with its memory being accessed at 1.63 GHz (815 MHz DDR) while the standard clock configuration for a GeForce 7900 GT is 450 MHz/1.32 GHz (660 MHz DDR). GeForce 7950 GX2 OC from XFX was running at 570 MHz with its memory being accessed at 1.55 GHz (775 MHz DDR) while the standard clock configuration for a GeForce 7950 GX2 is 500 MHz/1.2 GHz (600 MHz DDR).

GeForce 7950 GX2

3DMark03 – 1024×768 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 26,189 92.14%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 24,670 81.00%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 18,465 35.47%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 17,261 26.64%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 16,544 21.38%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 15,631 14.68%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 15,375 12.80%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 15,004 10.08%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 13,760 0.95%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 13,630  
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 13,144 3.70%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 12,782 6.63%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 12,111 12.54%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 11,285 20.78%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 11,223 21.45%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 9,563 42.53%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 9,352 45.74%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 9,134 49.22%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 8,213 65.96%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 8,056 69.19%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 7,295 86.84%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 4,847 181.20%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 4,128 230.18%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 3,468 293.02%

GeForce 7950 GX2

3DMark03 – 1280×1024 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 22,880 105.77%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 21,038 89.21%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 15,394 38.45%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 14,324 28.82%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 13,888 24.90%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 13,045 17.32%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 12,578 13.12%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 12,239 10.07%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 11,119  
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 10,997 1.11%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 10,671 4.20%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 10,314 7.80%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 9,529 16.69%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 8,836 25.84%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 8,784 26.58%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 7,472 48.81%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 7,039 57.96%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 6,943 60.15%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 6,277 77.14%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 6,041 84.06%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 5,351 107.79%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 3,538 214.27%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 2,990 271.87%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 2,507 343.52%

GeForce 7950 GX2

3DMark03 – 1600×1200 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 21,176 132.70%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 18,152 99.47%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 14,090 54.84%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 12,060 32.53%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 11,680 28.35%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 10,751 18.14%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 10,445 14.78%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 10,127 11.29%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 9,822 7.93%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 9,100  
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 8,743 4.08%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 8,411 8.19%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 7,701 18.17%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 7,144 27.38%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 7,035 29.35%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 5,940 53.20%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 5,295 71.86%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 5,220 74.33%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 4,930 84.58%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 4,640 96.12%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 3,938 131.08%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 2,678 239.81%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 2,131 327.03%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 1,797 406.40%

GeForce 7950 GX2

3DMark03 – 1024×768 AAx4, Anisox4 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 19,582 121.67%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 17,431 97.32%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 12,560 42.18%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 11,819 33.79%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 11,576 31.04%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 10,989 24.39%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 10,275 16.31%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 9,929 12.40%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 9,325 5.56%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 8,999 1.87%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 8,834  
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 8,108 8.95%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 7,330 20.52%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 6,919 27.68%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 6,841 29.13%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 5,437 62.48%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 4,978 77.46%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 4,693 88.24%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 4,405 100.54%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 4,177 111.49%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 3,411 158.99%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 2,378 271.49%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 1,966 349.34%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 1,674 427.72%

GeForce 7950 GX2

3DMark03 – 1280×1024 AAx4, Anisox4 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 16,062 130.15%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 14,067 101.56%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 9,997 43.24%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 9,467 35.65%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 9,368 34.23%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 9,050 29.67%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 7,980 14.34%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 7,733 10.80%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 7,249 3.87%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 6,979  
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 6,841 2.02%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 6,278 11.17%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 5,324 31.09%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 5,172 34.94%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 5,025 38.89%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 3,962 76.15%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 3,747 86.26%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 3,475 100.83%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 3,116 123.97%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 2,547 174.01%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 2,454 184.39%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 1,497 366.20%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 1,351 416.58%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 1,212 475.83%

GeForce 7950 GX2

3DMark03 – 1600×1200 AAx4, Anisox4 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 13,355 137.89%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 11,629 107.14%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 8,168 45.49%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 7,852 39.86%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 7,563 34.72%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 7,364 31.17%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 6,317 12.52%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 6,148 9.51%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 5,873 4.61%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 5,807 3.44%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 5,614  
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 5,024 11.74%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 4,530 23.93%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 4,018 39.72%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 3,861 45.40%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 3,091 81.62%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 2,656 111.37%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 2,563 119.04%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 2,377 136.18%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 1,805 211.02%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 1,717 226.97%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 1,027 446.64%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 732 666.94%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 684 720.76%

[nextpage title=”3DMark05″]

3DMark05 measures performance by simulating DirectX 9.0c games, i.e., using the new Shader 3.0 model. This programming model is used by Far Cry game and other games to be launched in the future. This new programming model is used by GeForce 6 and 7 series from NVIDIA and Radeon X1000 series from ATI.

We run this program in three resolutions, 1024x768x32, 1280x1024x32 and 1600x1200x32, first without antialising and anisotropic filtering, and then configuring antialising at 4x and anisotropic filtering also at 4x. This improves the video quality but lowers the performance. We were willing to see how much performance we lost by putting the VGA to run at the maximum possible image quality. It is important to note that ATI chips can run at 6x antialising. Since NVIDIA chips cannot run at this configuration, we had to use 4x antialising to use a configuration that is valid to all video cards included in our benchmark, allowing direct comparison between them.

The results you check below. Keep in mind that models marked as “OC” are factory-overclocked. GeForce 7900 GT OC from XFX was running at 550 MHz with its memory being accessed at 1.63 GHz (815 MHz DDR) while the standard clock configuration for a GeForce 7900 GT is 450 MHz/1.32 GHz (660 MHz DDR). GeForce 7950 GX2 OC from XFX was running at 570 MHz with its memory being accessed at 1.55 GHz (775 MHz DDR) while the standard clock configuration for a GeForce 7950 GX2 is 500 MHz/1.2 GHz (600 MHz DDR).

GeForce 7950 GX2

3DMark05 – 1024×768 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 8,172 11.30%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 8,096 10.27%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 7,370 0.38%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 7,342  
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 7,222 1.66%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 7,220 1.69%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 6,982 5.16%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 6,863 6.98%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 6,789 8.15%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 6,471 13.46%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 6,343 15.75%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 5,732 28.09%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 5,594 31.25%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 4,991 47.10%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 4,941 48.59%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 4,537 61.82%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 4,301 70.70%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 3,993 83.87%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 3,675 99.78%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 2,886 154.40%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 2,872 155.64%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 1,701 331.63%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 1,433 412.35%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 1,365 437.88%

GeForce 7950 GX2

3DMark05 – 1280×1024 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 7,918 17.11%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 7,804 15.43%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 6,962 2.97%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 6,761  
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 6,726 0.52%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 6,699 0.93%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 6,534 3.47%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 6,208 8.91%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 6,067 11.44%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 5,554 21.73%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 5,504 22.84%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 4,780 41.44%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 4,740 42.64%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 4,130 63.70%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 4,085 65.51%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 3,745 80.53%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 3,479 94.34%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 3,192 111.81%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 3,093 118.59%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 2,253 200.09%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 1,957 245.48%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 1,259 437.01%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 1,040 550.10%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 992 581.55%

GeForce 7950 GX2

3DMark05 – 1600×1200 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 7,749 24.58%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 7,598 22.15%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 6,559 5.45%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 6,513 4.71%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 6,220  
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 6,191 0.47%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 5,862 6.11%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 5,524 12.60%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 5,371 15.81%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 4,786 29.96%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 4,785 29.99%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 4,096 51.86%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 3,931 58.23%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 3,455 80.03%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 3,376 84.24%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 3,091 101.23%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 2,856 117.79%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 2,608 138.50%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 2,430 155.97%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 1,789 247.68%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 1,264 392.09%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 944 558.90%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 814 664.13%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 708 778.53%

GeForce 7950 GX2

3DMark05 – 1024×768 AAx4, Anisox4 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 7,845 17.86%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 7,735 16.21%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 6,893 3.56%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 6,788 1.98%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 6,717 0.92%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 6,656  
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 6,655 0.02%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 6,123 8.70%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 6,052 9.98%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 5,874 13.31%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 5,559 19.73%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 4,971 33.90%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 4,634 43.63%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 4,108 62.03%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 4,072 63.46%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 3,700 79.89%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 3,655 82.11%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 3,523 88.93%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 2,881 131.03%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 2,232 198.21%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 1,287 417.17%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 1,038 541.23%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 935 611.87%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 903 637.10%

GeForce 7950 GX2

3DMark05 – 1280×1024 AAx4, Anisox4 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 7,647 28.41%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 7,485 25.69%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 6,571 10.34%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 6,325 6.21%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 6,040 1.43%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 5,968 0.22%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 5,955  
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 5,277 12.85%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 5,186 14.83%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 4,915 21.16%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 4,664 27.68%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 4,028 47.84%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 3,738 59.31%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 3,295 80.73%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 3,286 81.22%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 2,969 100.57%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 2,891 105.98%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 2,510 137.25%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 2,232 166.80%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 1,722 245.82%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 803 641.59%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 581 924.96%

 GeForce 7950 GX2

3DMark05 – 1600×1200 AAx4, Anisox4 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 7,447 40.91%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 7,209 36.40%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 6,253 18.32%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 5,668 7.25%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 5,288 0.06%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 5,285  
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 4,266 23.89%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 4,205 25.68%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 4,168 26.80%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 3,776 39.96%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 3,746 41.08%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 3,325 58.95%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 2,644 99.89%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 2,553 107.01%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 2,365 123.47%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 2,235 136.47%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 2,233 136.68%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 1,948 171.30%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 1,552 240.53%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 1,374 284.64%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 589 797.28%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 341 1449.85%

[nextpage title=”Doom 3″]Doom 3 is one of the heaviest games available today. As we’ve done on other programs, we ran this game at three resolutions: 1024x768x32, 1280x1024x32 and 1600x1200x32. This game allows several image quality levels and we’ve done our benchmarking on two levels, low and high. We ran demo1 four times and wrote the obtained number of frames per second. The first result we discarded at once, since it is far inferior than the other results. This happens because at the first time we run the demo the game must load all textures to video memory, fact that doesn’t happen from the second time we run the demo on. From the three results left, we consider as our official result the middle result, i.e., we discard the highest and the lowest values. Curiously almost all times the values obtained at the second round on were the same.

A very important detail that we must mention is that Doom 3 has an internal FPS lock: it is only capable of generating 60 frames per second, even if your board is able to produce more frames per second than that. This is done in order to make the game to have the same “playability” sensation independently from the video card installed on the PC. This lock, however, is disabled in the game benchmarking mode.

For further details on how to measure 3D performance with Doom 3, read our tutorial on this subject.

The results you check below. Keep in mind that models marked as “OC” are factory-overclocked. GeForce 7900 GT OC from XFX was running at 550 MHz with its memory being accessed at 1.63 GHz (815 MHz DDR) while the standard clock configuration for a GeForce 7900 GT is 450 MHz/1.32 GHz (660 MHz DDR). GeForce 7950 GX2 OC from XFX was running at 570 MHz with its memory being accessed at 1.55 GHz (775 MHz DDR) while the standard clock configuration for a GeForce 7950 GX2 is 500 MHz/1.2 GHz (600 MHz DDR).

GeForce 7950 GX2

Doom 3 – 1024×768 Low Score Difference
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 96.7 4.99%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 95.9 4.13%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 95.2 3.37%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 95.1 3.26%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 94.7 2.82%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 94.5 2.61%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 94.1 2.17%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 94.1 2.17%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 93.4 1.41%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 92.2 0.11%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 92.1  
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 91.4 0.77%
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 91.3 0.88%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 84.5 8.99%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 82.7 11.37%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 79.5 15.85%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 77.1 19.46%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 75.9 21.34%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 69.7 32.14%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 66.6 38.29%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 55.6 65.65%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 54.1 70.24%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 30.9 198.06%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 25.2 265.48%

GeForce 7950 GX2

Doom 3 – 1280×1024 Low Score Difference
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 94.9 11.25%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 94.1 10.32%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 93.9 10.08%
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 92.0 7.85%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 91.6 7.39%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 91.4 7.15%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 91.4 7.15%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 90.4 5.98%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 87.5 2.58%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 85.3  
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 82.2 3.77%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 80.8 5.57%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 77.5 10.06%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 76.6 11.36%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 75.8 12.53%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 61.5 38.70%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 59.9 42.40%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 55.1 54.81%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 46.8 82.26%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 44.7 90.83%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 37.3 128.69%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 36.6 133.06%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 19.6 335.20%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 16.0 433.13%

GeForce 7950 GX2

Doom 3 – 1600×1200 Low Score Difference
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 92.0 29.76%
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 91.8 29.48%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 91.6 29.20%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 89.0 25.53%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 86.6 22.14%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 83.4 17.63%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 80.8 13.96%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 77.5 9.31%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 76.2 7.48%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 70.9  
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 69.1 2.60%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 64.4 10.09%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 63.4 11.83%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 63.1 12.36%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 62.4 13.62%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 46.2 53.46%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 45.9 54.47%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 38.9 82.26%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 31.7 123.66%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 31.5 125.08%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 26.5 167.55%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 25.5 178.04%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 13.1 441.22%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 10.6 568.87%

GeForce 7950 GX2

Doom 3 – 1024×768 High Score Difference
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 95.3 4.84%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 94.8 4.29%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 94.8 4.29%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 94.6 4.07%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 94.4 3.85%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 93.6 2.97%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 92.3 1.54%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 92.2 1.43%
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 92.1 1.32%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 91.8 0.99%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 91.7 0.88%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 90.9  
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 88.8 2.36%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 83.6 8.73%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 81.7 11.26%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 76.5 18.82%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 73.8 23.17%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 70.8 28.39%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 65.5 38.78%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 61.0 49.02%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 50.4 80.36%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 48.7 86.65%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 27.8 226.98%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 22.9 296.94%

GeForce 7950 GX2

Doom 3 – 1280×1024 High Score Difference
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 94.9 15.17%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 94.8 15.05%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 93.8 13.83%
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 91.6 11.17%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 91.3 10.80%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 91.2 10.68%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 90.2 9.47%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 88.7 7.65%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 86.7 5.22%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 82.4  
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 80.9 1.85%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 78.2 5.37%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 74.4 10.75%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 73.9 11.50%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 72.4 13.81%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 58.5 40.85%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 55.5 48.47%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 52.6 56.65%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 44.4 85.59%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 41.7 97.60%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 34.4 139.53%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 33.4 146.71%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 18.4 347.83%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 15.0 449.33%

GeForce 7950 GX2

Doom 3 – 1600×1200 High Score Difference
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 91.5 33.58%
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 91.4 33.43%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 91.4 33.43%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 88.4 29.05%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 88.3 28.91%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 82.2 20.00%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 79.9 16.64%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 75.8 10.66%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 75.2 9.78%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 68.5  
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 67.8 1.03%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 61.4 11.56%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 61.1 12.11%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 60.6 13.04%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 60.3 13.60%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 44.2 54.98%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 43.4 57.83%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 37.7 81.70%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 30.5 124.59%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 30.4 125.33%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 25.0 174.00%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 24.1 184.23%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 11.6 490.52%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 10.3 565.05%

[nextpage title=”Far Cry”]

Far Cry is a game based on the new Shader 3.0 (DirectX 9.0c) programming model available on series 6 and 7 from NVIDIA and series X1000 from ATI graphics chips. We’ve updated the game to version 1.3.
 
As we’ve done on other programs, we ran this game at three resolutions, 1024x768x32, 1280x1024x32 and 1600x1200x32. This game allows several image quality levels and we’ve done our benchmarking on two levels, low and very high. To measure the performance we used the demo created by German magazine PC Games Hardware (PCGH), available at https://www.3dcenter.org/downloads/farcry-pcgh-vga.php. We run this demo four times and made an arithmetical average with the results. This average is the result presented in our graphs.

This game has a very important detail in its image quality configuration. Antialising, instead of being configured by numbers (1x, 2x, 4x or 6x) is configured as low, medium or high. The problem is that on NVIDIA chips both medium and high mean 4x, while on ATI chips medium means 2x and high means 6x, making the comparison between ATI and NVIDIA chips completely unfair. Because of that we configured antialising at 4x and anisotropic filtering at 8x manually at the video driver control panel.

For further details on how to measure 3D performance with Far Cry, read our tutorial on this subject.

The results you check below. Keep in mind that models marked as “OC” are factory-overclocked. GeForce 7900 GT OC from XFX was running at 550 MHz with its memory being accessed at 1.63 GHz (815 MHz DDR) while the standard clock configuration for a GeForce 7900 GT is 450 MHz/1.32 GHz (660 MHz DDR). GeForce 7950 GX2 OC from XFX was running at 570 MHz with its memory being accessed at 1.55 GHz (775 MHz DDR) while the standard clock configuration for a GeForce 7950 GX2 is 500 MHz/1.2 GHz (600 MHz DDR).

GeForce 7950 GX2

Far Cry – 1024×768 Low Score Difference
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 148.26  
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 145.56 1.85%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 145.51 1.89%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 145.42 1.95%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 145.16 2.14%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 144.93 2.30%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 144.54 2.57%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 144.44 2.64%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 144.02 2.94%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 136.68 8.47%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 136.43 8.67%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 135.74 9.22%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 135.72 9.24%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 135.67 9.28%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 135.44 9.47%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 134.94 9.87%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 134.93 9.88%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 132.76 11.68%
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 131.69 12.58%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 131.48 12.76%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 130.43 13.67%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 123.60 19.95%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 120.56 22.98%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 112.52 31.76%

GeForce 7950 GX2

Far Cry – 1280×1024 Low Score Difference
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 145.00  
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 143.19 1.26%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 142.98 1.41%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 142.41 1.82%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 141.73 2.31%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 140.71 3.05%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 140.49 3.21%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 138.43 4.75%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 133.27 8.80%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 133.24 8.83%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 133.09 8.95%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 132.52 9.42%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 132.32 9.58%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 132.16 9.72%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 131.86 9.97%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 131.78 10.03%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 131.03 10.66%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 127.99 13.29%
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 127.89 13.38%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 127.71 13.54%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 127.24 13.96%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 89.16 62.63%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 87.83 65.09%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 72.96 98.74%

GeForce 7950 GX2

Far Cry – 1600×1200 Low Score Difference
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 145.81  
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 143.59 1.55%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 142.30 2.47%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 141.82 2.81%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 139.29 4.68%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 134.03 8.79%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 133.96 8.85%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 133.93 8.87%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 133.71 9.05%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 133.59 9.15%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 133.18 9.48%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 132.30 10.21%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 130.85 11.43%
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 128.99 13.04%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 128.38 13.58%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 128.32 13.63%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 127.64 14.24%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 121.01 20.49%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 109.30 33.40%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 108.98 33.80%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 105.22 38.58%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 63.37 130.09%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 59.82 143.75%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 48.85 198.49%

GeForce 7950 GX2

Far Cry – 1024×768 – Very High Score Difference
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 78.79
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 76.61 2.85%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 76.55 2.93%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 76.18 3.43%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 75.82 3.92%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 75.38 4.52%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 75.35 4.57%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 74.65 5.55%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 73.93 6.57%
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 73.31 7.48%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 73.03 7.89%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 72.70 8.38%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 70.72 11.41%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 69.40 13.53%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 67.93 15.99%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 63.05 24.96%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 54.82 43.72%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 48.28 63.19%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 47.91 64.45%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 40.72 93.49%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 38.28 105.83%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 23.67 232.87%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 20.41 286.04%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 18.74 320.44%

GeForce 7950 GX2

Far Cry – 1280×1024 – Very High Score Difference
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 75.28 5.98%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 73.31 3.21%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 72.96 2.72%
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 71.77 1.04%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 71.17 0.20%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 71.13 0.14%
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 71.13 0.14%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 71.03  
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 70.00 1.47%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 68.59 3.56%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 67.93 4.56%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 67.09 5.87%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 53.88 31.83%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 53.81 32.00%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 51.53 37.84%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 45.80 55.09%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 38.43 84.83%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 35.59 99.58%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 31.41 126.14%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 28.20 151.88%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 25.82 175.10%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 15.07 371.33%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 14.15 401.98%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 13.62 421.51%

GeForce 7950 GX2

Far Cry – 1600×1200 – Very High Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 OC (XFX) 72.35 20.34%
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 71.88 19.56%
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 71.70 19.26%
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 71.57 19.05%
GeForce 7900 GT OC (XFX) 69.37 15.39%
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 68.62 14.14%
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 60.12  
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 59.50 1.04%
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 59.36 1.28%
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 58.10 3.48%
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 54.23 10.86%
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 52.35 14.84%
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 39.93 50.56%
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 39.62 51.74%
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 34.29 75.33%
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 34.06 76.51%
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 27.74 116.73%
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 24.51 145.29%
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 22.78 163.92%
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 20.01 200.45%
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 19.53 207.83%
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 11.28 432.98%
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 8.04 647.76%
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 7.01 757.63%

[nextpage title=”Conclusions”]

If we just think about the numeric results, it is hard to come to a strong conclusion on which video card is the best, Radeon X1900 GT or GeForce 7900 GT. Let’s summarized what we’ve seen.

On 3DMark03 benchmarking, standard GeForce 7900 GT was between 12% and 16% faster than Radeon X1900 GT, depending on the configuration we used.

On 3DMark05 things got reversed, as Radeon X1900 GT was faster than standard GeForce 7900 GT. However, at resolutions below 1600×1200 this difference was always below 10%. Only at 1600×1200 enabling image quality enhancements that Radeon X1900 GT was really faster than GeForce 7900 GT: 40%. It is also interesting to note that Radeon X1900 GT achieved the same performance level of Radeon X1900 XTX when image quality enhancements were disabled. Only when we enabled them at 1280×1024 and above Radeon X1900 XTX started being faster than Radeon X1900 GT.

Doom 3 continues to be NVIDIA arena. While at 1024×768 Radeon X1900 GT and GeForce 7900 GT achieved a similar performance, above that GeForce 7900 GT was between 10% and 20% faster.

On Far Cry Radeon X1900 GT and GeForce 7900 GT achieved the same performance level on almost all tests, with a good 10% advantage to Connect3D’s part at 1600×1200 without enabling image quality enhancements. At this same resolution enabling image quality enhancements both cards achieved the same performance level, though.

When analyzing products, we always try to see which product brings the best cost/benefit ratio for the average user. In our opinion, the user that wants a high-end video card but doesn’t want to sell a kidney on the black market to be able to buy the most high end one – like Radeon X1900 XT, Radeon X1900 XTX, GeForce 7900 GTX or GeForce 7950 GX2 – we honestly think that GeForce 7900 GT is the right choice if you don’t need video capture function.

First, while Radeon X1900 GT was faster than GeForce 7900 GT on some tests, GeForce 7900 GT was not only faster in more tests than Radeon X1900 GT was, but also the performance advantage of Radeon X1900 GT on these situations doesn’t justify its higher price – our second reason.

Radeon X1900 GT’s higher price can be explained by its VIVO (video capture) function, which is optional on GeForce 7900 GT. Radeon X1900 GT is quoted at USD 349 at ATI’s website, with the majority of on-line stores in the US selling around this price as well. But we could find this video card from Connect3D being sold at USD 280 at Newegg, which is a really good price, as ATI model is being sold at USD 320 there (and we now know that the two are the same card).

GeForce 7900 GT, on the other hand, can be easily found below the USD 300 mark from several NVIDIA partners at Shopping.com, and it seems that USD 270 is the price of choice for several on-line stores for this video card. Searching Newegg, however, we’ve found a real bargain, an OEM model from XFX being sold by only USD 230. Keep in mind that OEM models don’t come in a fancy box and also doesn’t come with any “extras”.

But if you need video capture, then the choice can be though, as GeForce 7900 GT with VIVO is quoted at USD 290 on several on-line stores. In this case we kick the ball back to you, as the best video card in this case will depend on the resolution, image quality settings and on the game that you will run.