by Rob Williams on August 22, 2005 in Graphics & Displays
If you are looking for a killer gaming card, but find the 7800GTX too expensive, then you will want to check out the recently released 7800GT. It’s been scaled down to 20 Pipes and 7 Vertex Units but it still packs a massive punch. We are taking a look at the eVGA version, which comes pre-overclocked! Time to see what this beast can do.
If you have never played Far Cry, you do NOT know what you are missing. The game was originally released over two years ago, but it is still a game that everyone uses in their benchmarks. When it was released, Crytek blew us away with the absolutely lush environments and extreme draw distances. Even today, at max settings, Far Cry is a great test for any video card.
Since this is one of the extremely few games to support HDR at all, we are going to use that in our benchmarking as well, since the 7800GT can handle it much better than the 6800GT. If these shots look good to you, and you have no bought the game yet.. go buy it at any store for less than $10.
Once again, we can see pretty good increases in performance from the 6800GT to 7800GT. Since many people who plan on already buying a 7800GT are looking forward to HDR support, the following graph shows the differences in performance simply by turning HDR on. We are using the r_hdrrendering 7 switch.
Impressive, I am loving these scores. With HDR on, it’s higher than with it off. The reason for this though, is because HDR will automatically disable the Anti-Aliasing. So I would say it’s safe to say, that 8xAA uses more GPU power than HDR :D