XFX GeForce 7950 GX2 XXX Edition Video Card Review :: Test Setup and Procedures

06-06-2006 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Doc Overclock

XFX GeForce 7950 GX2 XXX Edition Video Card Review Box and Card

Box and Card

XFX GeForce 7950 GX2 XXX Edition Video Card Review Classic GUI

Classic GUI

XFX GeForce 7950 GX2 XXX Edition Video Card Review Default Clocks

Default Clocks

XFX GeForce 7950 GX2 XXX Edition Video Card Review Overclocked

Overclocked


Test System

  • Motherboard: ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe
  • CPU: AM2 Athlon64 5000+ 2.6GHz
  • Memory: Corsair PC8500 DD2 2GB Kit (EPP)
  • CPU Cooling: Zalman AM2 Cooler
  • Hard Drives: WD 2X74GB Raptors 10,000RPM RAID 0
  • DVD: Sony 16X
  • Power Unit: Ultra Products 500W SLI Approved

Test Software

  • Oblivion 1280x1024, 1600x1200, 1920x1200, 2048x1536 resolution Max Settings with HDR enabled no AA no AF
  • Doom 3 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1600x1200 HQ settings, no AA no AF, 4x AA 16x AF
  • Quake 4 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1600x1200 HQ settings, no AA no AF, 4x AA 16x AF
  • F.E.A.R. 1280x1024, 1600x1200, 2048x1536 HQ settings, no AA no AF, 4x AA 16x AF
  • COD2 1280x1024, 1600x1200, 1920x1200, 2048x1536 max settings no AA no AF, 4x AA 16x AF
  • 3DMark05 1280x1024, 1600x1200, 1920x1200, 2048x1536
  • 3DMark06 1280x1024, 1600x1200, 1920x1200, 2048x1536

With this round of testing we had to use a whole new platform and parts due to the benefits of using an NVIDIA 590 chipset motherboard with their new 7950GX2 video card. Since we are already using the AM2 Athlon64 5000+ as our test CPU in our motherboard reviews we also decided we would just use it in our VGA test platform as well. ASUS has a very solid motherboard in the form of the M2N32-SLI Deluxe which AMD kindly gave us and it seems to be very functional and compatible with many different system parts so it will be our motherboard for every VGA test for the next four months. Corsair has some very good memory that offers the EPP (Enhanced Performance Profiles) that allow the motherboard to run at its optimal performance levels and enhance the systems overclocking abilities.

We generally use a 2GB kit from Crucial, but for these tests we choose the memory which offers the EPP advantage. We have thrown a few more tests in this round and dropped a few to keep the tests at eight, which we feel is the moderate amount without being to few or too many. We have started use FRAPS a lot more than we used to since that method has become the best way to test some games in a real-world environment. Oblivion is the game that we used FRAPS with in this review round due to the fact that it has no built-in test we could use to gauge it. We ran all the tests at least three times for accuracy and then recalculate the scores to get a more balanced average. The system was stable throughout the entire testing phase and we encountered no strange unexplainable problems or issues. We used the latest release 90 ForceWare drivers. We leave the card at its default settings except where listed as otherwise with optional AA/AF or both enabled.