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    Biostar GeForce 7900 GT 256MB Review
    By Vince Freeman :  July 25, 2006

    The Chronicles of Riddick Performance

    The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay is based on the movie franchise of the same name, and provides a wild mix of kick-ass action and intriguing game environments. This hybrid game is similar to what Half-Life brought to the table, as you take the role of escaped con Riddick, and fight your way through some exceptionally rendered game levels. The in-game detail levels are also an important consideration, as moving the Shader Model above 2.0 can turn the game into a slide show on older cards, and even at SM 2.0, the game can bring most hardware to its knees.

    Chronicles of Riddick is another game benchmark that really pushes our graphics cards to the limit, and at least using standard details, looks to provide another place for the Biostar GeForce 7900 GT 256MB to show its stuff. We don't see much of a change here, and once again, the GeForce 7900 GT shows the same relative performance advantage compared to the other cards. It also posts the highest Chronicles of Riddick score at both 1280x1024 and 1600x1200, while staying just ahead of the GeForce 7800 GTX 256MB.

    Chronicles of Riddick AA and AF Performance

    The increase in Chronicles of Riddick detail settings to 4X anti-aliasing and 8X anisotropic filtering fail to offer any discernable performance advantage compared to standard settings, but the Biostar GeForce 7900 GT maintains (or even increases) it performance lead over the competing ATI and NVIDIA graphics cards.

    F.E.A.R. Performance

    F.E.A.R. is a new entrant to our game benchmark suite, and it features jaw-dropping graphics and a physics engine that can bring any system to its knees. It even includes a wide selection of System and Video settings, along with an in-game testing module to keep things 100% comparable between different graphics cards. In this case, as we are dealing with video card performance, so we have racked the system and physics settings to high (max only increases AF and AA) and then testing at different resolutions.

    F.E.A.R. is potentially the most demanding game benchmark in our entire suite, and its overall design rewards both pure performance and an SM 2.0/3.0 feature set. The Biostar GeForce 7900 GT proves equal to the task, and as well as offering a noticeable performance advantage over most of the other cards, it demonstrates slightly faster performance than the GeForce 7800 GTX.

    F.E.A.R. AA and AF Performance

    The Biostar GeForce 7900 GT keeps up the pressure in 4X AA and 8X AF performance testing, and the overall results mimic those we found in many of the previous benchmarks.

    Page 1 The Biostar GeForce 7900 GT 256MB Card
    Page 2 Test Setup and Benchmark Software
    Page 3 Quake 3 and Halo: Combat Evolved Performance
    Page 4 Unreal Tournament 2003 and 2004 Performance
    Page 5 DOOM 3 and Half-Life 2 Performance
    Page 6 FarCry and Quake 4 Performance
  • Page 7 Chronicles of Riddick and F.E.A.R. Performance
    Page 8 3DMark06 Advanced Standard & Feature Performance
    Page 9 Benchmark Analysis, Overclocking, Value, and Conclusion

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