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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

Villagemark D3D

This benchmark was developed by PowerVR and was used to illustrate the advantages of the Kyro2, as the overdraw in VillageMark is particularly large with a factor of up to 10. Many, especially older graphics cards also calculate the surfaces that are covered by others and therefore actually only mean wasted bandwidth and fill rate, so that this graphically not very complex benchmark becomes a stumbling block more often than you initially think. Therefore it is of the utmost importance in this benchmark to have a well-functioning technique for removing hidden surfaces (HSR = Hidden Surface Removal).

Villagemark D3D v1.19 -default
  • 1024x768x32:
    • R9700pro ( default)
      176.0
    • GF4 Ti4600 (default)
      119.0
  • 1280x1024x32:
    • R9700pro (default)
      110.0
    • GF4 Ti4600 (default)
      76.0
  • 1600x1200x32 :
    • R9700pro (default)
      76.0
    • GF4 Ti4600 (default)
      53.0

Impressive once again! If we had included the originally planned 1152 resolution (which, by the way, would have made the graphs completely confusing), the picture would have emerged that the Radeon9700pro would have been faster or just as fast in every resolution as the Geforce4 one resolution level below. In contrast to the approximate publication period, these benchmarks, ashe served the manufacturer to make a Kyro look good compared to a GeForce2, today both rivals achieve good to very good values, so it's time to unpack the quality settings!

Villagemark D3D v1.19 -Quality
  • 1024x768x32:
    • R9700pro (2xAA/4xAF)
      84.0
    • R9700pro (4xAA/8xAF)
      71.0
    • R9700pro (6xAA/16xAF)
      61.0
    • GF4 Ti4600 (2xAA/4xAF)
      29.0
    • GF4 Ti4600 (4xAA/8xAF)
      22.0
    • GF4 Ti4600 (4xS-AA/8xAF)
      12 , 0
  • 1280x1024x32:
    • R9700pro (2xAA/4xAF)
      57.0
    • R9700pro (4xAA/8xAF)
      49.0
    • R9700pro (6xAA/16xAF)
      41.0
    • GF4 Ti4600 (2xAA/4xAF)
      19.0
    • GF4 Ti4600 (4xAA/8xAF)
      14.0
    • GF4 Ti4600 (4xS-AA/8xAF)
      7.0
  • 1600x1200x32:
    • R9700pro (2xAA/4xAF )
      43.0
    • R9700pro (4xAA/8xAF)
      36.0
    • R9700pro (6xAA/16xAF)
      31.0
    • GF4 Ti4600 (2xAA/4xAF)
      12.0
    • GF4 Ti4600 (4xAA/8xAF)
      9,0
    • GF4 Ti4600 (4xS-AA/8xAF)
      5.0

Uppsala! We just have at3DMark2001 has not spoken of a devastating defeat for the GeForce4? Well, the Radeon9700 wins here anyway. If at least twice as many frames per second are achieved in the highest possible setting as with the fiercest competitor, you either have to do something right with the card design and the competition has done something wrong ... (or the competition is just a generation behind .)

Let's take a look at the detailed tests to see whether the AF of the Connect3D-Radeon again enables this victory.

On the next page: Villagemark Detail