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Zalman Radeon HD 7950-Z VF3000 2GB Video Card Review - Benchmarks - Test System Setup

We look at our very first Zalman based video card and see if the company has a chance in this competitive market.

| AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jun 13, 2012 3:39 am
TweakTown Rating: 92%      Manufacturer: Zalman

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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.

 

As always we've got our X79 testbed that we've been using since the launch of the platform late last year. As for the video cards in our graphs today we've got the Zalman HD 7950, along with the Sapphire HD 7950 and Diamond HD 7970.

 

On the NVIDIA side of things we've got the new GTX 670 and a couple of GTX 680s including a reference one, 4GB one and the overclocked Phantom model we looked at recently from Gainward.

 

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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