Gainward Bliss Golden Sample 7950GT 512mb
Published: 15th November 2006 | Source: Gainward | Price: |
How we tested
With the pure speed of cards out on the market at the moment I tend to focus on gameplay in my reviews. I will play each of the test suite games on as high settings as I could possibly play them at while maintaining a frame rate that is enjoyable to play at. If the quality of the gaming looks the same at different settings then I will choose the setting with the best FPS. This differs from game to game and person to person but I play a lot of games and have played with a lot of graphics cards so I hope that I can impart a decent opinion.
To offset this angle I also run a test suite of 3dMark03, 05 and 06. These will give you some numbers on what the cards perform like at stock speeds, for comparison. I also ran 3dMark06 after overclocking the cards - to see how much of an effect the overclocking will make. Overclocking was performed using the nVidia "Coolbits" reg hack as discussed here in the forums.
For this high-end card I am using an overclocked Core2Duo E6600 running at 3.33GHz. Hopefully this will rule out as much bottleneck caused by the processor as possible.
Intel Core2Duo E6600 @ 3.33GHz
Asus P5W Dh Deluxe
Mushkin HP2 PC6400 running at SPD (CAS 5) due to motherboard restrictions
HDD: OS - 160gb Hitachi Deskstar SATA II
HDD: Gaming - 2 x 40gb Hitachi Deskstars in RAID 0
Sound: Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty FPS
Power: PCP&C 510 SLi
Case: Lian Li PC75b Project <<|Black3D|>>
For installation I have installed the card as usual with the normal PCI-E power dongle. Checked that the card is seated correctly and powered on. I am using a clean install of Windows XP Professional SP2 with all the latest patches.
For the X1950Pro/X1950Pro Crossfire I am using modified drivers provided by Asus on their retail CD, adopted from the ATI Catalyst 6.10's. The X1950XTX is using the Cat 6.10's.
For the 7950GX2 I am using nVidia's official Forceware drivers - 91.43. For the 7950GT I am using 93.71's.
For reference I am using some figures from previously reviewed cards that used the same setup. These are provided as a reference point only and not as a direct comparison.
Powercolor X1950XT-X. Clock Speed: 650. Memory speed: 1000 (2000)
Gainward 7950 GX2. Clock Speed: 2 x 500. Memory Speed 600 (1200)
Asus EAX1950PRO. Clock Speed: 580. Memory Speed 700 (1400)
Gainward Bliss Golden Sample 7950GT. Clock Speed 550. Memory Speed 700 (1400)