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Connect3D Radeon 9700 Pro in the test: performance leap at high resolutions

Connect3D Radeon 9700 Pro in the test: performance leap at high resolutions

Table of contents
  1. 1 Introduction
  2. 2 The card
  3. Scope of delivery
  4. 3 Drivers
  5. 4 Specs and technology
    1. 5 FSAA and AF
  6. 6 Benchmarks
  7. Test system
  8. 7 Synthetic tests
    1. 3DMark2001 SE
    2. 8 3DMark Detail
    3. 9 Villagemark D3D
    4. 10 Villagemark Detail
    5. 11 TempleMark D3D
    6. TempleMark D3D detail
    7. 12 Codecreatures Bench
    8. 13 Codecreatures Detail
    9. 14 Aquamark D3D
    10. 15 Aquamark D3D detail
  9. 16 Game benchmarks
    1. Ultima IX D3D
    2. 17 Ultim a IX D3D Detail
    3. 18 Comanche4 D3D
    4. 19 Comanche4 D3D Detail
    5. 20 Dungeon Siege
    6. 21 Dungeon Siege Detail
    7. 22 Aquanox
    8. 23 Aquanox in detail
    9. 24 Jedi Knight II
    10. 25 Jedi Knight II Detail
    11. 26 Max Payne
    12. 27 Max Payne detail
    13. 28 Serious Sam SE D3D
    14. 29 SeSam SE D3D Detail
    15. 30 Serious Sam SE OGL
    16. 31 SeSam SE OGL Detail
    17. 32 UT2003 Demo FlyBy
    18. UT2003 Demo Botmatch
    19. 33 UT2003 FlyBy Detail
    20. UT2003 Botmatch Detail
    21. 34 Alice
    22. 35 Alice Detail
  10. 36 Conclusion

Benchmarks

As a test, we again opted for a decided on a somewhat broader range. On the one hand, to get a more representative overview of the performance spectrum of the cards and, on the other hand, to counteract the special driver optimizations of the chip manufacturers for the two most popular benchmarks, Quake3 and 3DMark2001, which have recently become more and more popular. High-end gamers in particular should expect their expensive piece of hardware to cut a good figure in the Quake3 standard bench beyond 400 fps.

Synthetic benchmarks
  • 3DMark 2001 SE v3.30
  • Villagemark D3D v1.19
  • Templemark D3D v1.06
  • Codecreatures Bench
  • Aquamark D3D v2.3
Game benchmarks
  • Ultima IX D3D v1.19
  • Comanche 4 Demo D3D
  • Dungeon Siege D3D
  • Aquanox D3D v1.07
  • Jedi Knight II OGL v1.04
  • American McGee's Alice
  • Max Payne D3D v1.02
  • Serious Sam SE D3D v.107
  • Serious Sam SE OGL v1.07
  • Unreal Tournament 2003 Demo

Unless otherwise noted , all benchmarks ran in 32-bit color depth and if possible also 32-bit textures. In general, the highest possible detail settings were used to really challenge the test subjects.

Our 'quality settings' amount to the combinations of anti-aliasing (FSAA) and anisotropic filtering (AF) in the following combinations :

  • Quality-I: 2xFSAA and 4xAF
  • Quality-II: 4xFSAA and 8xAF
  • Quality-III: 6xFSAA/4xS-FSAA and 16x/8xAF

The 'Quality III' setting is not really comparable because the Radeon has mostly better anti-aliasing and (with the appropriate angles, more on that later)A higher degree of anisotropy, which GeForce can offer with a supersampling component, in which the entire image including textures is smoothed, as well as a (mostly) higher proportion of anisotropically filtered textures here in a different way, but overall very good image quality In addition, the 'Quality III' setting represents the highest image quality that can be set. Unfortunately, 4xS-FSAA cannot be activated on the GeForce4 under OpenGL, so that the Radeon9700pro pulls away without a fight.

Test system

For the test, as it should be for high-end cards, a system was used that, despite the recent introduction of the 3.06GHz-P4, still belongs to the high-end range, one with 133MHz -FSB operated Pentium4 on an i845D mainboard with 512MB PC2100-RAM. We are now also testing under WindowsXP, as it has meanwhile established itself in one way or another in the home sector and for many now it has become too m gaming has become the first choice.

The onboard sound of the board based on the C-Media CMI8738 with six-channel support was used for background noise.

  • CPU:
    • Pentium IV 2.53GHz (133MHz FSB QDR)
  • Motherboard:
    • Asus P4B266-E
  • RAM:
    • 2 * 256MB Nanya/Apacer PC2100 DDR-RAM CL2 with the sharpest settings
  • Graphics card:
    • Connect3D Radeon9700pro 128MB (Driver Official Catalyst 2.3, 6166)
    • Asus v8460ultra DeLuxe 128MB (Driver Official Detonator 30.82)
  • Peripherals
    • RAID-0 from 2xIBM DTLA 307015
    • Pioneer DVD A03
    • Onboard 10/100MBit network card
  • Other
    • A4 Tech Double Wheel Mouse
  • Software
    • WindowsXP Professional
    • DirectX 8.1

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