NVIDIA GeForce Go 7950 GTX Preview

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Test System & Preliminary Benchmarks

Unfortunately, no test systems were able to be made available in time for the embargo date. As a result, the only preliminary performance data we are able to share with you today are the numbers which have been provided to us directly by NVIDIA through their own internal testing. Rest assured, we will be securing an appropriate sample shortly and will provide results from our usual array of benchmarks for your viewing pleasure.

Item Model
CPU Intel Core 2 Duo T7600
Chipset Intel i945PM
GPU GeForce Go 7950 GTX (575/700) & (575/600)
Memory 2GB DDR2 (667MHz)
OS Windows XP SP2
Driver Foreceware 84.69

Looking at NVIDIA's test configuration, we see this is directly in-line with most flagship gaming notebooks on the market today. One item to note however is the use of two different memory frequencies for testing. NVIDIA has informed us that some notebook vendors might opt to run the memory frequency at 600MHz instead of 700MHz so both frequencies were tested.

3DMark06 - Default Test 1280x1024
GeForce Go 7950 GTX (575/700)
Merom 2.0GHz
GeForce Go 7900 GS SLI (375/500)
Turion 64 2.2GHz
GeForce Go 7900 GTX (500/600)
Merom 2.0GHz
GeForce Go 7900 GTX (500/600)
Yonah 2.16GHz

Unfortunately, the scenario above represents the only comparative performance data supplied by NVIDIA in terms of showcasing how the new GeForce Go 7650 GTX compares with other mobile GPU's. Regardless, we see that with two similar systems, NVIDIA's latest GPU scores nearly 500 more points than the previous flagship GeForce Go 7900 GTX and even manages to outscore two GeForce Go 7900 GS GPUs running in SLI.


3DMark06 - Default Test 1280x1024
Core 2 Duo T7600 - 2GB - i945PM (Forceware v84.69)
GeForce Go 7950 GTX (575/700)
GeForce Go 7950 GTX (575/600) 5246

Without question, seeing a notebook capable of scoring nearly 5500 points in 3DMark06 is impressive. Here, it is interesting to see that the 100MHz drop in memory frequency translates into roughly a 100 point drop in the overall 3DMark score.


Oblivion Indoor w/HDR - 1600x1200
Core 2 Duo T7600 - 2GB - i945PM (Forceware v84.69)
GeForce Go 7950 GTX (575/700)
GeForce Go 7950 GTX (575/600) 54.3

It is also impressive to see Oblivion framerates dangerously close to 60FPS despite running at 1600x1200 with HDR enabled. Even more impressive is the fact that this performance is coming from a notebook which allows users to take this type of gaming horsepower anywhere they go.

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