System Specs & 3Dmark2006, X3 tests


Test System Specifications
- Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 (2.66GHz) LGA775


- Corsair PC2-8500 Pro 2GB DDR2


- ASUS P5W DH Deluxe (Intel 975X)


- OCZ GameXStream (700 watt)


- Seagate 250GB 7200RPM (Serial ATA II)


- ASUS Radeon X1900XT (512MB)
- Inno3D GeForce 7950GT (512MB)
- Gigabyte GeForce 7900GT (256MB)
- Gigabyte GeForce 7600GT (256MB)


- Microsoft Windows XP Pro (SP2)
- ATI Catalyst 6.8
- Nvidia Forceware 91.47
- Intel System Drivers 7.2.2


Well according to 3Dmark2006, the new Radeon X1900XT delivers roughly 8% more performance than that of the new 7950GT at 1600x1200. This margin was greatly reduced at 1280x1024, where the X1900XT is just 4% faster. Then at 1024x768 the X1900XT is just 2% faster, giving this graphics card a rather insignificant performance advantage in 3Dmark2006. The new GeForce 7950GT is on the other hand much faster than the old 7900GT, as it boosted the 1024x768 score by 32%. This margin was slightly reduced to 26% at 1600x1200, nonetheless still a great improvement over the older 7900GT.

The first real world test is X3: Reunion, and as you can see at 1600x1200 with FSAA 4x + Aniso 16x enabled, even the 7900GT does really well. However, at 1024x768 the new 7950GT is 12% faster and this margin was increased to a 15% performance advantage favoring the 7950GT at 1600x1200. Unfortunately, at 1600x1200 the Radeon X1900XT is still 11% faster than the 7950GT, which is a little disappointing for Nvidia.