XFX Geforce 7900 GS Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by thorgal @ 2006-09-18

There are people on this planet that will spend over $1000 dollar on a graphics subsystem. But there are far more people around that just want to spend about $200-250 on an excellent, allround graphics card. If you fit in the last category, The XFX 7900GS might very well be the card you're looking for...

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Benchmarks : Prey


Prey is powered by the Doom 3 graphics engine, but is graphically more enhanced than its "blood" brother. This game can tax the latest hardware in some of the more action packed scenes in the game.

On the website of Guru3D we found a very useful benchmarking tool which can also be used on the game demo. There are 2 benchmark demo's available, and in the following graphs you can find the results for both of them. The displayed framerates are averages.

Let's start with a resolution of 1280x1024 without Anisotropic Filtering or Anti-Aliasing :
Madshrimps (c)

Adding 4x Anti-Aliasing an 16x Anisotropic Filtering :
Madshrimps (c)

Upping the resolution to 1600x1200 makes for a more taxing test :
Madshrimps (c)

Finally, our most demanding test : 1600x1200 with AA and AF enabled :
Madshrimps (c)

In this test, we're having a first look at the real power of the 7900GS. The theoretical disadvantage of 20% really isn't reflected in these results. The 7900GT has an advantage of 5-7% over the 7900GS in its standard configuration. The factory overclocked XFX does really well here too, beating the 7900GT slightly in the first demo, and trailing it a little in the second.
Even at very high resolutions the GS keeps trailing the GT by just a few fps, and even winning sometimes.

Let's have a look at "Fear" next ->
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Comment from piotke @ 2006/09/17
Good work Thorgal !
Comment from Sidney @ 2006/09/17
This card OCs very well. Nicely done Thorgal
Comment from thorgal @ 2006/09/18
Thanks guys.

I enjoyed testing this card, as I always like products that are able to run a bit above their spec

Question remains whether you go for a 7900GT or this card, but I can tell you that without vmods the XFX is faster. It's all a question of how far you're willing to go...
Comment from Sidney @ 2006/09/21
My card shows artifacts after a couple weeks of use at default speed
Comment from jmke @ 2006/09/27
return for RMA!
Comment from Sidney @ 2006/11/17
I did; and received another one that has been working fine for a month No time to play any game since last summer.