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VisionTek Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card Overclocked Review

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Apr 27, 2012 6:17 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: VisionTek



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 as usual there's been no changes to it with the same X79 platform being used with our overclocked 3960X.


Just quickly, though, before we go into the performance side of things we want to quickly look at the other video cards that will be in our benchmark graphs today.


Alongside our overclocked VisionTek HD 7950 we've also got a reference clocked Sapphire HD 7950, Diamond HD 7970 and Sapphire HD 6990. On the NVIDIA side of things we've got two GeForce GTX 680's - one is the reference video card while the other is the overclocked JetStream model from Palit.


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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