The Biostar GeForce 7900 GT 256MB card is positioned near the top of the high-end performance market and competes against a wide range of video cards. We're covering a selection of performance mainstream and high-end models from both ATI and NVIDIA. In order to facilitate these comparisons, our reference platform needs to have some serious power in reserve. Our standard system configuration includes a dual core Athlon 64 FX-62 processor, an nForce 590 SLI motherboard, and 2x512-MB of Corsair CM2X512-8500 memory. This represents a solid base for high-performance video card benchmarking, which utilizes all the latest features, and makes sure that the platform itself will not hold any of these cards back.
The competition in our video card benchmarking has the Biostar GeForce 7900 GT card up against a range of ATI and NVIDIA models, including both performance mainstream and higher-end graphics solutions. The NVIDIA reference cards include the GeForce 6800 GS 256MB, GeForce 6800 Ultra 256MB, GeForce 7600 GT 256MB, GeForce 7800 GT 256MB, and GeForce 7800 GTX 256MB, while the ATI contingent includes the Radeon X1600 XT 256MB and Radeon X1800 XL 256MB. Our operating system is Windows XP Pro SP2 with the latest DirectX 9.0c (February 2006).
Our benchmark selection includes standard game tests such as F.E.A.R., 3DMark06 Advanced, Quake 4, Half-Life 2, DOOM 3, Chronicles of Riddick, FarCry, Halo, Unreal Tournament 2004/2003, and Quake 3. All testing has been performed using standard 1280x1024 and 1600x1200 32-bit settings, along with high-end 4X anti-aliasing and 8X anisotropic filtering results as well. The 4X AA and 8X AF settings are representative of the detail settings many enthusiasts use for their high-end 3D gaming.
* Please note that unless otherwise stated, all performance graph results equate to the standard "higher is better" format.