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Gigabyte call on Zalman - Radeon X1950PRO vs. GeForce 7900GS - Benchmarks - Test System Setup and 3DMark05

Gigabyte has created some new graphics cards which use aftermarket Zalman coolers. We check out the X1950PRO and 7900GS.

By: | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Nov 28, 2006 5:00 am

Test System Setup


Processor(s): Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 3150MHz (350MHz FSB 1:1)


Motherboard(s): ASUS P5B Deluxe (Supplied by ASUS)


Memory: 2 X 1GB G.Skill HZ PC8000 @ 350MHz 4-4-4-12 (Supplied by Bronet)


Hard Disk(s): Hitachi 80GB 7200RPM SATA 2


Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP2


Drivers: ATI Catalyst 6.11 and nVidia ForceWare 93.71 and DX9c


With the new Dell 24" LCD sitting around the labs, we thought coming of the bat of some GeForce 8800 testing, it was still time to continue using it and throw in some 1920 x 1200 benchmarks.


Just because you're not spending in excess of $800 AUD, doesn't mean that you shouldn't be able to game at some decent resolutions. We have continued with our new line up which now includes Company of Heroes, which is extremely taxing on the system.


As always, if you have suggestions for new games to be added which have a timedemo or benchmarking facility (BF2142 is not one of them!), please let us know.


With the cards using the aftermarket cooler it seemed fair that we had to go attack them both with ATI Tool and see what they are capable of in the overclocking department. We have included some results with the cards overclock to give you an idea as to why we love the GeForce 7900GS so much - if you buy the green teams card and don't overclock you're doing yourself and injustice with so much headroom to play with.




Version and / or Patch Used: Build 120


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3DMark05 is now the second latest version in the popular 3DMark "Gamers Benchmark" series. It includes a complete set of DX9 benchmarks which tests Shader Model 2.0 and above.


For more information on the 3DMark05 benchmark, we recommend you read our preview here.



3DMark05 is the first of our tests and is one of our oldest benchmarks in the lineup. It shows us that the more expensive Radeon X1950PRO can justify its price difference here.

Gigabyte GV-NX79G256DP-RH GeForce 7900 GS, (256 MB) Graphic Card


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