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Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card tested with Catalyst 12.2 - Benchmarks - Test System Setup

We check out the latest HD 7950 to arrive in our labs from Sapphire and see how it goes with the first official WHQL HD 7900 series driver.

| AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Mar 22, 2012 4:23 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Sapphire

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We would like to thank the following companies for supplying and supporting us with our test system hardware and equipment: Intel, ASUS and Corsair.

 

Looking above you can see our testbed and in typical fashion there shouldn't be anything that you haven't seen from us before as we've been using the X79 platform for a while. Before we get into the performance, though, let's just quickly look at what cards will be in our graphs today.

 

The main comparison we want to make today is to see how our two reference clocked HD 7950s go against each other when comparing the original launch driver and the first official WHQL driver.

 

Alongside that we've got two HD 7970s showing the difference the new driver made along with the GTX 570 and GTX 580 from NVIDIA to help round out our line up here today.

 

Let's get started!

 

 

The FPS Numbers Explained

 

When we benchmark our video cards and look at the graphs, we aim to get to a certain level of FPS which we consider playable. While many may argue that the human eye can't see over 24 FPS or 30 FPS, any true gamer will tell you that as we climb higher in Frames Per Seconds (FPS), the overall gameplay feels smoother. There are three numbers we're looking out for when it comes to our benchmarks.

 

30 FPS - It's the minimum number we aim for when it comes to games. If you're not dropping below 30 FPS during games, you're going to have a nice and smooth gaming experience. The ideal situation is that even in a heavy fire fight, the minimum stays above 30 FPS making sure that you can continue to aim easily or turn the corner with no dramas.

 

60 FPS - It's the average we look for when we don't have a minimum coming at us. If we're getting an average of 60 FPS, we should have a minimum of 30 FPS or better and as mentioned above, it means we've got some smooth game play happening.

 

120 FPS - The new number that we've been hunting down over recent months. If you're the owner of a 120 Hz monitor, to get the most out of it you want to get around the 120 FPS mark. Moving from 60 FPS / 60 Hz to 120 FPS / 120 Hz brings with it a certain fluidity that can't really be explained, but instead has to be experienced. Of course, if you're buying a 120 Hz monitor to take advantage of 3D, an average of 120 FPS in our benchmark means that in 3D you will have an average of 60 FPS, which again means you should expect some smooth gameplay.

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