by Rob Williams on November 21, 2006 in Graphics & Displays
Looking for a great video card but don’t want to open your wallet -that- wide? Been there. We are taking a look at the ASUS 7950GT with 512MB of GDDR3. It proves to have a pricetag that’s easy to stomach and also a lot of overclocking headroom.
Serious Sam is not a game that should be used to truly test the power of a GPU, as even when it was released it didn’t have astonishing graphics. Still, it’s a good game to test with due to the fact that it uses a lot of special effects. That, and I just straight out have fun testing with it ;-)
The first level in the game was used, which begins you off in a village to be quickly inhabited by a few goons. The level ends after you take on a huge barbarian with a magic axe.
Overclocked or not, this card allowed near 90FPS at 1680 resolution, and 130FPS at 1280*1024. Not too shabby.
Need for Speed: Carbon
Need for Speed is a game I get addicted to with each new release. They are always well put together for the mostpart, and fun to play. Sadly, Carbon does not favor widescreen resolutions at all, so testing was completed at 1280*1024. While the monitor supports 1680*1050, it cannot do 1600*1200 which the game does support.
The race used for testing is the very first in the game, where you are basically learning the… uhh basics. Considering the fact that the game doesn’t exactly have mindblowing graphics, you’d imagine that the game would run at ultra-high FPS with a decent card. Not the case, since the game is so fast paced it does a good job of keeping your card in check. Luckily enough, even at 20FPS the game is completely playable with little flickering.
With our overclocked 7950GT, the game managed an average of 30FPS. That seems quite low, but the game was very smooth. Though I couldn’t test a 1600 resolution, you could expect the differences to not be very great… I’d expect around 25FPS on average.