Gainward Bliss 7900 GTX SLI


F.E.A.R. is a game based on an engine that uses many features of DirectX 9.0c.

It has volumetric lighting, soft shadows, parallax mapping and particle effects, with a slow-motion mode that really taxes today’s top of the line GPU’s. I fully patched version the game with the latest patch. I played three two-minute runs on a taxing part of the game with plenty of action, using slow-motion for the full time whilst firing at enemy soldiers and using grenades that produce a cool “blast” contortion effect when blown up.

Here are the settings that were found to be optimal for F.E.A.R. on a Dell 2405FPW display

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And the FPS at these settings:
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F.E.A.R. on 7900GTX SLI looked great, performed great and was by far the smoothest out of all of the listed card setups. We had to stick at 1920 x 1200 due to display restrictions but playing with all high detail at this resolution with the SLI setup was an awesome experience. Putting on the high-end high quality features on the SLI’d nVidia cards definitely makes the experience better looking and still keeps that framerate very high.

Call of Duty 2

Call of Duty 2 is a fairly recent game that uses a lot of DirectX 9.0c features, including real time shadows, amazing smoke effects and some nice looking HDR effects. This makes the game very taxing at these high resolutions. I played a fully patched up version of the game. Once again I played through the game with a two minute gaming session including explosions, smoke and also lots of snow. This should tax all our cards.

Here are the settings that were found to be optimal for Call of Duty on a Dell 2405FPW display:

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And the FPS:
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As you can see the GTX SLI played Call of Duty 2 at much higher average FPS than the other card setups. This experience was again smoother and better to play than the other cards. There was not even a hint of lag at any point in the game and the game once again looks awesome at this resolution and settings.