Performance in Synthetic Benchmarks
Although 3DMark05 defaults to 1024x768 resolution without full-screen antialiasing, there is a difference between the Gigabyte card and the GeForce 7950 GT 256MB that works at the reference frequencies. This difference amounts to a noticeable 535 points. This is not a surprise, however, considering that two out of the benchmark’s three game tests are rather large scenes. But if we compare the Gigabyte with the Foxconn working at its default frequencies (580MHz GPU and 1560MHz memory), it is the FV-N79GM2D2-HPOC that is better, by 133 points. Even though it is a small gap, it shows once again that the lack of 512MB of memory can be well made up for by higher GPU and memory frequencies.
Just as we had anticipated, the standard version of the GeForce 7950 GT has a considerable advantage over the “light” version of the same graphics card in the large-scene first and third tests, but smaller in the second test, which displays a rather small scene. The increased frequencies of the Foxconn GeForce 7950 GT 256MB make up for the lack of graphics memory. The numbers agree with the overall scores of the tested graphics cards, notwithstanding our using FSAA.