If you are not looking for the highest-end GPU on the market but still want one with great performance at an even better price, the 7900 GS might be right up your alley. It fell slightly behind a 7900 GT, but has the overclocking headroom to make up for it.
In S.T.A.L.K.E.R., I chose a run-through with the thumb drive mission, which occurs near the beginning of the game. Through it, there are many people who die and you get to leave with a thumb drive. Does it get much better?
Stalker is another game that loves faster GPUs, but our $150 GS performed quite well, delivering 24FPS at 1600×1200. During that play-through, the game didn’t stutter or seem slow in general, so lower FPS in this game won’t necessarily hurt gameplay.
The Demolition level takes place immediately after the training mission and gives a good dose of action.
While both cards performed pretty equally at 1280, they varied a lot more at 1600×1200. Regardless, 34FPS at 1600×1200 was still completely playable with no stutter or lag.
In our NFS: Carbon test, we played through the first normal race when choosing one through the Quick Race mode. Two choices of car are given, an upcoming Chevrolet Camaro and a Koenigsegg CCX. I think it’s obvious which one I chose.
Playing through Carbon, there was really no discernible difference between either card.