Test System Setup
Processor(s): Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 3.33GHz (366MHz x 9 and FSB 1:1)
Motherboard(s): ABIT IN9 32X-MAX Wi-Fi (Supplied by Universal ABIT)
Memory: 2 X 1GB Crucial PC8000 5-5-5-15 (Supplied by Crucial)
Hard Disk(s): Hitachi 80GB 7200RPM SATA 2
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2
Drivers: nVidia ForceWare 93.71, ATI Catalyst 7.2 and DX9c
Performance between the GeForce 7900GS and the Radeon X1950GT is up and down. While the GeForce 7900GS is cheaper, the iChiLL model from Inno3D with the factory overclock and aftermarket heatsink should see price similar to a 256MB GT, if not a little more expensive.
Since it's still a new product and not available fully on the market as yet, we'd predict it having a price tag around $300 AUD (roughly $240 USD) which makes it about $50 AUD (roughly $40 USD) more expensive than the Sapphire's Radeon X1950GT 256MB.
With that said, we will be comparing Inno3D's 7900GS 256MB IChiLL Accelero S1M graphic card against the 256MB Radeon X1950GT from Sapphire (at stock speeds) to see how a heavily overclocked 7900GS goes up against one of the latest higher mid-range offerings from AMD and ATI.
Recently we have been testing a lot at 2560 x 1600 but as this card is considered more high-end mid-range rather than flat out high-end, we will only be going as high as 1920 x 1200. Alongside that we have 1600 x 1200 and 1280 x 1024 for those 4:3 screen users. If you want to game at 2560 x 1600 we recommend you keep saving those hard earned dollars and buy something in the 8800 range or wait for future offerings from AMD and ATI.
It's our first Inno3D review, let's continue onto the benchmark numbers as see if their product has the balls to match what has so far shaped up to be a great looking graphics card. Again we are only testing under Windows XP at this stage since only 1 - 2% of our visitors are using Windows Vista.
Version and / or Patch Used: Build 130
Developer Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com
Product Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmark05/
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 sees us looking at a near enough tie at the lower resolution with the Radeon X1950GT coming out in front as we move up the resolution table.