eVGA e-GeForce 7900GS KO

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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.

Testing Methodology & Half-Life 2, Sup Com


Throughout all of our benchmarks regardless of what we are reviewing, testing is done in a clean and stand-alone version of Windows XP Professional with SP2. No Windows Updates are applied for the sake of efficiency, unless one is required for a piece of hardware on the computer. Prior to testing, these conditions are met:

  • Desktop and scrap files are cleaned up, including emptying of recycle bin.
  • No virus scanner or firewall is installed in the stand-alone installation.
  • The stand-alone installation drive is completely defragged using Diskeeper 2007 Professional.
  • All unnecessary programs are closed, so that Windows should have no more than 15 active processes running.
  • Computer has proper airflow.

Below is the setup we used during testing.

To gather results, each game is manually played through the same level each time, which takes between 3 – 5 minutes normally. All results are gathered with the help of FRAPS 2.82.

Half-Life: Episode 1

For Half-Life 2: Episode 1, I chose my favorite level, ep1_c17_02a. The level starts you off in a dimly lit hallway and you need to make it through to the roof where an airship is trying to gun you down. It’s a fun level, and really shows off HDR.

The GS card was slower than the GT, but still performed quite well. 66 FPS at 1600×1200 is a comfortable result.

Supreme Commander

The level chosen for SupCom was the Finn’s Revenge skirmish mission. The entire playthrough lasted five minutes and consisted of building up a small base and also deploying a few ships.

SupCom is a game that really, really likes extra GPU power. Even when the action was low, we were lucky to score more than 20FPS at 1600×1200. The GT card had an obvious advantage here.

Rob Williams

Rob founded Techgage in 2005 to be an 'Advocate of the consumer', focusing on fair reviews and keeping people apprised of news in the tech world. Catering to both enthusiasts and businesses alike; from desktop gaming to professional workstations, and all the supporting software.

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