GeForce 7 Series Round-up with Asus & MSI

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Test System and 3DMark06

 

HOW WE CONFIGURED THE TEST SYSTEM: We tested the GeForce cards from Asus and MSI on the Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI - an nForce 4 Intel Edition SLI X16 chipset-based motherboard - powered by an Intel Pentium 4 550 processor and 1GB of Corsair XMS2 DDR2 memory. The first thing we did when configuring this test system was enter the BIOS and load the "High Performance Defaults."  The hard drive was then formatted and Windows XP Professional with SP2 was installed. When the installation was complete, we installed the latest nForce 4 chipset drivers, installed all of the other necessary drivers for the rest of our components, and removed Windows Messenger from the system. Auto-Updating and System Restore were then disabled, the hard drive was defragmented, and a 1536 MB permanent page file was created on the same partition as the Windows installation. Lastly, we set Windows' Visual Effects to "best performance," installed all of the benchmarking software, and ran the tests. 

The HotHardware Test System
Only the strongest survive

Processor -

Motherboard -



Video Cards -




Memory -

Audio -

Hard Driv
e -

 

Hardware Used:
Intel Pentium 4 550 (3.4GHz)

Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal
nForce4 SLI X16 chipset

Asus EN7950GT/HTDP/512M/A
Asus EN7900GS TOP/2DHT/256M/A
MSI NX7900GT-VT2D256E-HD
HIS Radeon X1950 Pro
Sapphire X1900 GT


1GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2

Integrated

2x Western Digital SE16 (RAID 0)

7,200RPM - SATA II - 250GB

Operating System -
Chipset Drivers -
DirectX -

Video Drivers
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Synthetic (DX) -

DirectX -
DirectX -

DirectX -
OpenGL -
OpenGL -
Relevant Software:
Windows XP Professional SP2
nForce Drivers v6.86
DirectX 9.0c

NVIDIA Forceware v92.91

ATI Catalyst 6.10


Benchmarks Used:
3DMark06 v1.0.2
Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory v1.05
F.E.A.R. v1.0.7
Half Life 2 - Lost Coast
Quake4 v1.2
Prey

Performance Comparisons with 3DMark06 v1.0.2
Details: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmark06/

3DMark06
Futuremark recently launched a brand new version of its popular benchmark, 3DMark06. The new version of the benchmark is updated in a number of ways and now includes not only Shader Model 2.0 tests but also Shader Model 3.0 and HDR tests as well. Some of the assets from 3DMark05 have been re-used, but the scenes are now rendered with much more geometric detail, and the shader complexity is vastly increased as well. Max shader length in 3DMark05 was 96 instructions, while 3DMark06 ups the number of instructions to 512. 3DMark06 also employs much more lighting, and there is extensive use of soft shadows. With 3DMark06, Futuremark has also updated how the final score is tabulated. In this latest version of the benchmark, SM 2.0 and HDR / SM3.0 tests are weighted, and the CPU score is factored into the final tally as well.

  

 

The three cards in our roundup form a stepping pattern, leading from the earlier 7900 GT based card from MSI, to the 7900 GS and finally the 7950 GT, the latter two both manufactured by Asus.  Compared to the ATI camp, there's little competition from the X1900 GT, but the X1950 Pro proved to be a worthy rival coming in third in the overall score, and a close second in HDR/Shader Model 3 testing.

Tags:  Asus, MSI, GeForce, round-up, MS, force, IE

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