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ASUS Radeon 9800 XT and GeForce FX 5950 Ultra - Kings of the VGA Hill - Benchmarks - Test System Setup and 3DMark03

Today we are looking at the two top dogs from both ATi and nVidia in the form of the Radeon 9800 XT and GeForce FX 5950 Ultra from ASUS. We pit them directly against a reference 9800 XT and an older 9800 Pro to find out who is the king of the hill in the VGA department.

By: | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jan 23, 2004 5:00 am

Test System Setup


Processor(s): AMD Athlon FX-51


Motherboard: Asus SK8V (Supplied by ASUS)


Memory: Corsair TwinXRE3200LL (Supplied by Corsair)


Video Card(s): ASUS 9800XT 256MB, ASUS V9980U 256MB, ATi Radeon 9800 XT 256MB and HIS Excalibur 9800 Pro IceQ 128MB


Hard Disk(s): 2x Western Digital Raptors (RAID0)


Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Platinum


Operating System Used: Windows XP Professional SP1


Drivers Used: ATi 3.10 and nVidia 53.03


After installation we were met with whirring sounds only audible from our CPU and case fans - the 9800 XT and V9980U seemed virtually quiet. However, upon thorough testing and benchmarking, they kicked into high gear and proved to be slightly louder than the HSF found on ATi's own Radeon 9800 XT and Radeon 9800 Pro. However, having two smaller fans pin-pointing specific areas on the graphic card's PCB does prove itself as a more effective cooling solution.


Benchmarking both cards was enjoyable; we thoroughly examined performance under extreme operating conditions, then picked and stabbed at them both to find their strengths and weaknesses.




3DMark03 is the latest version of the highly favoured 3DMark series. By combining full DirectX9.0 support with completely new tests and graphics, 3DMark03 continues the legacy of being industry standard benchmark.


Please Note: Due to recent events with the 3DMark03 series, we are adding results purely for those who are still in favor of 3DMark03. These results should not be taken too seriously and are only added for interest sakes.





Here ASUS's V9980U barely surpasses its three competitors.




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