Breaking it down at the various price points, weâ€™ve got to give the edge to NVIDIA by default at the $300 mark, simply because weâ€™re still trying to get our hands on a 256MB Radeon X1800 XT card. If todayâ€™s performance with Oblivion is any indication, these X1800 XT 256MB cards could become pretty hot sellers once they hit the market en masse, especially considering the shortage of GeForce 7900 GT cards on the market right now. In any case, the GeForce 7900 GT delivers good performance in Oblivion, besting the GeForce 7800 GTX 256MB in nearly all cases, and outperforming the GeForce 6800 GT SLI setup as well.
Moving up to the highest end of the market, ATIâ€™s Radeon X1900 XTX takes the performance crown in our testing with Oblivion in single-card configurations. Regardless of the test with threw at the X1900 XTX it came out on top, with the Radeon X1900 XT typically finishing a close second.
When testing dual-card configurations, the results swing dramatically in NVIDIAâ€™s favor. In multiple cases the X1900 XTX CrossFire and X1800 XT CrossFire configurations yielded a negligible performance increase over comparable single-card configurations, while the GeForce cards clearly scaled well in Oblivion once running in an SLI configuration. (We also noted tearing and other artifacts from time to time with the CrossFire setup.)