by Rob Williams on August 22, 2005 in NVIDIA-Based GPU
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.
You may ask why I am benchmarking CS: Source, after benchmarking Half-Life 2, which is based on the same engine. The reason is simple.. people want to know exactly what performance they should expect out of this game. I see countless threads around the web by people who ONLY play CS: Source who want benchmarks so they know what card to buy.. so here it is.
Obviously, Counter-Strike: Source was an awesome reason to buy HL2, because it was included free. It took the original Counter-Strike, heavily updated the graphics and made the levels much more fun to play in. There’s always a debate of which version of CS is better, but I’m definitely sticking with Source!
To benchmark the game, I recorded a 3 minute session in the cs_office level.. my favorite! I then played back the demo and captured the FPS information with Fraps, since CS: Source doesn’t have a great in-game benchmarking system.
70 FPS at max settings, the game was smooth as heck. I haven’t actually been be able to see any improvements in CS: Source with MS or SS enabled, but if you don’t mind 70FPS, you can keep them on anyway. Now we are going to test out one of the biggest system hogs ever, Battlefield 2!