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PNY GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB Review

By Vince Freeman :  July 11, 2007

DOOM 3 Performance

DOOM 3 is a game that needs no introduction, and continues in a long line of id Software Quake and DOOM first-person shooters. This latest installment is one serious 3D game test, including some of the highest-end graphics yet seen on the PC. It is also a different type of game benchmark, especially compared to Quake 3, and it has an almost total reliance on the 3D video card for high-end framerate results. This limits its use in certain system or CPU testing, but makes DOOM 3 a killer 3D video card benchmark.

DOOM 3 is more of an old school graphics benchmark these days, and we can see this in some of the test scores. The PNY GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB certainly finishes at the top of the performance list, but the gap between it and the GeForce 7900 GTX 512MB is not exactly awe-inspiring. This is to be expected, as the high-end GeForce 7 Series cards are still extremely powerful, especially for DirectX 9 games like DOOM 3. This is also only at standard resolutions, and we'll have to see how the PNY GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB fares in widescreen testing with AA and AF enabled.

DOOM 3 AA and AF Widescreen Performance

The performance advantage continues to grow for the PNY GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB, and once we move to the higher resolution widescreen environment, and add in 4X AA and 16X AF detail settings, this leaves many of the mainstream cards in the literal dust.

Quake 4 Performance

Quake 4 is the latest in 3D first-person shooters from id Software and Raven, and while the actual storyline is pretty standard fare and the game itself is based on the DOOM 3 engine, the graphics are exceptional and it is an improvement over previous games. The lighting and shadow effects are excellent, and the overall level design and architecture are a real treat. The overall load on the graphics card can be extreme, which is both a blessing and a curse, depending on the actual hardware you are testing. For this review, we've updated to the latest patch, and use a custom netdemo for testing.

It is much the same story in our Quake 4 benchmarking, as the PNY GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB places right at the top of the performance chart, but without laying a real beating on the highest-end GeForce 7 Series.

Quake 4 AA and AF Widescreen Performance

As with DOOM 3, the PNY GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB pulls out to a more noticeable lead once we upgrade to widescreen resolutions and 4X AA/16X AF detail settings. Some of the mainstream cards have real trouble keeping up, and the GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB posts a much more noticeable performance advantage over the GeForce 7900 GTX 512MB.

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The PNY GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB Card

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Test Setup and Benchmark Software

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    DOOM 3 and Quake 4 Performance

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    Farcry and Supreme Commander Performance

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    F.E.A.R. and Company of Heroes Performance

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    Lost Planet DirectX 9/10 Widescreen Performance

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    3DMark06 Advanced Feature Performance

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    Benchmark Analysis, Value and Conclusion

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