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.
3D Mark 2001 and Aquamark3
3D Mark 2001 first introduced itself shortly after DirectX 8.1 was being used, so the tests are based off of that version. This 3D Mark introduced Vertex Shading and Shader Model 1.4. Aquamark3 is based on DirectX 9, and is much different than the 3D Marks. It’s comprised of different graphic capabilities, with tests such as Dynamic Occlusion Culling, High Particle Count and Large Scale Vegetation Rendering.
3D Mark 2003 and 3D Mark 2005
Both of the following benchmarks are popular for DX9.0 testing. 2003 only utilizes DX9 more so in the Nature test than the others. 2005 uses DX9.0c through all the tests. With each new 3D Mark release, we find out just how much our cards lack, because they usually make the cards cry. We always quickly catch up though, and I am not sure when we will be ready for another version!
These are great results. Most notable is the fact that overclocked, we scored over 7,800 3D Marks in ’05. GTX speeds baybee! On to Half-Life 2!