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Asus V8440 TD and V8460 ultra TD in the test: Two 'Ti' tans among themselves

Asus V8440 TD and V8460 ultra TD in the test: Two 'Ti' tans among themselves

Game benchmarks

Comanche 4

Comanche 4 already uses pixel and vertex shader effects to present a very detailed game world in extremely polygonal scenarios. The game seems to be one of the first of a new generation that, unlike Aquanox, isn't just extremely hungry for itGraphic power but also a very high processor performance.

Comanche 4
  • 1024x768:
    • Asus V8460 ultra
      34.77
    • Asus V8440
      34.72
    • GF4 Ti4200 (225/250MHz)
      34,38
    • GF4 Ti4200 (250/222MHz)
      34,21
    • GeForce3
      31.67
    • GeForce3 Ti200
      29.91
  • 1280x1024:
    • Asus V8460 ultra
      34.39
    • Asus V8440
      34,22
    • GF4 Ti4200 (225/250MHz)
      33 , 57
    • GF4 Ti4200 (250/222MHz)
      33.18
    • GeForce3
      29.20
    • GeForce3 Ti200
      26,13
  • 1600x1200:
    • Asus V8460 ultra
      33, 54
    • Asus V8440
      32.82
    • GF4 Ti4200 (225/250MHz)
      31,43
    • GF4 Ti4200 (250/222MHz)
      30.71
    • GeForce3
      23,66
    • GeForce3 Ti200
      20.91
  • 1920x1440:
    • Asus V8460 ultra
      31.59
    • Asus V8440
      29.69
    • GF4 Ti4200 (225/250MHz)
      26,85
    • GF4 Ti4200(250/222MHz)
      26.03
    • GeForce3
      15.00
    • GeForce3 Ti200
      13.70

As you can see, the CPU limits the Very high performance, so that a higher resolution can be selected on less equipped systems without problems and without great loss of performance. The two Asus cards can only really set themselves apart from the rest of the field at 1280x1024 (and higher), even if they are clearly in the front below.

In the maximum resolution (of the monitor), at least the GeForce3 cards seem to be running out of RAM, so that a similar fate could also flourish for the GeForce4 Ti4200 cards with 64MB that will be released later.

Aquamark

Aquamark is a DirectX 8.0 benchmark from Massive and, like Aquanox, is based on the Krass engine, which is why it is a kind of hybrid between a synthetic test and a real world benchmark . A detailed underwater world is shown. AquaNox uses the nFiniteFX engine of the GeForce3 or GeForce4 Ti. With more than 160 vertex shaders, special effects such as layered fog, caustics, photo-realistic materials, radiosity lighting and shadows are generated in real time. Pixel shaders are used for bump mapping and bespoke lighting effects. However, the frame rates from Aquamark are significantly below those from Aquanox. All cards were tested with the setting of 40MB texture size and activated pixel shader effects.

Aquamark v2.3 32Bit
  • 1024x768:
    • Asus V8460 ultra
      62.2
    • Asus V8440
      57.7
    • GF4Ti4200 (225/250MHz)
      49.6
    • GF4 Ti4200 (250/222MHz )
      48,9
    • GeForce3
      37,4
    • GeForce3 Ti200
      32,0
  • 1152x864:
    • Asus V8460 ultra
      53.5
    • Asus V8440
      48.4
    • GF4 Ti4200 (250/222MHz)
      41.2
    • GF4 Ti4200 (225/250MHz)
      41.2
    • GeForce3
      32,4
    • GeForce3 Ti200
      27.8
  • 1280x1024 :
    • Asus V8460 ultra
      43,9
    • Asus V8440
      39,3
    • GF4 Ti4200 (250/222MHz)
      33.5
    • GF4 Ti4200 (225/250MHz)
      32.6
    • GeForce3
      27.4
    • GeForce3 Ti200
      23.9
  • 1600x1200:
    • Asus V8460 ultra
      32,3
    • Asus V8440
      28.7
    • GF4 Ti4200 (250/222MHz)
      24.8
    • GF4 Ti4200 (225/250MHz)
      24.2
    • GeForce3
      21,0
    • GeForce3 Ti200
      18,3

Here, the chip clock rate and memory bandwidth seem to be equally essential, as can be seen from the hardly existing difference between the twoTi4200 variants sees. In lower resolutions, the Geforce4 Ti cards can still stand out quite clearly, but lose ground in the supreme disciplines. In relative terms, however, the Asus V8460 ultra is still more than 50% ahead of the GeForce3 and with an average of 32.3 fps remains just above the magical limit of 30 frames per second.

On the next page: Aquanox

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