eVGA 7950GX2 - Power And Then Some - Image Quality and Conclusion

Article Index
eVGA 7950GX2 - Power And Then Some
7950GX2 - First Look
Closer Look, Test Setup and Info
7950GX2 Benchmarks
7950GX2 Benchmarks - Continued...
Image Quality and Conclusion

Image Quality:

We've talked about high resolutions and lots of AA in this review, but there is more.  Because the 7950GX2 is essentially an SLI configuration in a single slot - it also supports 16x AA.  We've included a few high resolution screenshots of games with different levels of AA enabled.

Battlefield 2142 -

The pictures below will open in a new window as you click them.  They are large weighing in at over 1MB each.  If you want to download them for later viewing you can grab the BF2142 IQ pictures in this *.zip file.

IQ - BF2142 - No AA
IQ - BF2142 - No AA

IQ - BF2142 - 4x AA
IQ - BF2142 - 4x AA

   

IQ - BF2142 - 8xS AA
 IQ - BF2142 - 8xS AA

IQ - BF2142 - 16xS AA
IQ - BF2142 - 16xS AA

You can see a few differences between 4x AA and 8xS AA, but anything above that is lost in this game.

F.E.A.R. -

We fired up F.E.A.R. as the environment is beautiful and AA really makes a difference in this game.  Click on each of the thumbs below for a large 1600x1200 image.  You can also download a *.zip file containing all of the F.E.A.R. images right here.

IQ - FEAR - No AA
 IQ - FEAR - No AA

IQ - FEAR - 4x AA
 IQ - FEAR - 4x AA

   

IQ - FEAR - 8xS AA
 IQ - FEAR - 8xS AA

IQ - FEAR - 16xS AA
 IQ - FEAR - 16xS AA

F.E.A.R. was actually quite playable at 8xS AA, but when running through levels, I couldn't tell that things looked any different that at 4x AA.  You can see some very slight improvements on the pics and the fan grill though - even at 16xS AA.

 

Oblivion -

Oblivion has made many headlines in the eyecandy and visuals department.  This game supports HDR or AA, but not both on nVidia cards.  ATi has included the "chuck patch" with their drivers that allow HDR and AA to be used at the same time.  With this card from nVidia we have to choose between the two.  You can click on each of the screenshots below for a large 1280x1024 image or you can download the *.zip file here for viewing at your leisure.

IQ - Oblivion - HDR No AA
 IQ - Oblivion - HDR No AA

IQ - Oblivion - 2x AA
 IQ - Oblivion - 2x AA

IQ - Oblivion - 4x AA
 IQ - Oblivion - 4x AA

Oblivion runs virtually the same whether you choose 4x AA or HDR.  Take you pick to see which you like better.  HDR sure adds a different look and feel to the game.  At times when playing HDR is kind of a pain, but when you take it off the game feels much more flat and bland.

Conclusion:

The eVGA 7950GX2 powerhouse is not for everyone.  It isn't for HTPC owners with small cases and poor airflow.  It isn't for the gamer on a budget or for the person who has a hard time coughing up for SuperSized fries.  This card is built for the enthusiast and the gamer who want to have the fastest card around no matter what the cost.  That being said, the cost of the 7950GX2 is quite reasonable considering what you're getting, but at over $600CDN, it is still worth a months rent.  nVidia wanted to stay the speed king back when the X1900XTX was introduced so they pulled off the GX2 and it was a good move.  This card support HDCP for BlueRay and HDDVD movies on your PC (provided you have a HDCP compatible display and software), and will usher in the next generation of graphics.

It's a top-notch performer and it's quiet - which are two things that generally don't go together.  Take a look below at some Pros and Cons.

Pros:

  • Freakishly Powerful Graphics Card.
  • "SLI" that will work on almost any current motherboard.
  • Silent at idle, and quiet at full load.
  • Supports HDCP.
  • Supports Quad-SLI with the addition of another 7950GX2.

Cons:

  • Large card may not fit in some smaller cases.
  • Generates lots of heat and doesn't exhaust it outside the case.

 

BCCHardware.com Rating
Quality:
10/10
Performance:
10/10
Software Pack:
8/10
Stability:
10/10
Features:
8/10
Value:
9/10
Total Score 9.1

 

If you want the fastest card that money can buy, the eVGA 7950GX2 should be easy to find.  nVidia has excellent product availability with the 7950GX2 and you can pick one up and get gaming at 1600x1200 and above.  This card absolutely rocks and is a great choice for any gamer that demands the best.

I'd like to thank MemoryExpress for sending this card our way for a review.  It was a good time. . . a good time indeed.  Please post your thoughts, comments and questions in the forum at the Comments link below.