by Rob Williams on June 18, 2007 in Graphics & Displays
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.
Call of Duty 2
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.
Need for Speed: Carbon
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.