Inno3D Tornado GeForce3 Ti500 in the test: Against the ATi Radeon 8500
Aquamark is a DirectX 8.0 benchmark from Massive and, like Aquanox, is based on the Krass engine. A detailed underwater world is shown. AquaNox uses the GeForce3 nFiniteFX engine. With more than 160 vertex shaders, special effects such as layered fog, caustics, photo-realistic materials, radiosity lighting and shadows are created in real time. Higher order surfaces were used to create the organic enemies, pixel shaders are used for bump mapping and bespoke lighting effects. The frame rates from the Aquamark, however, are significantly below those from Aquanox.
In this benchmark discipline, too, the Ti 500 shows a very good performance. While the Radeon 8500 has a resolution of 1280x1024the clear front runner, the GeForce3 Ti 500 clearly overtakes the Radeon 8500. The GeForce3 is between 4.5% and approx. 19% behind the Ti 500. The Ti 200 is between 14.3% and 35.8% behind the Ti 500!
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