Test System Setup
Processor(s): Intel Pentium 4 3GHz (800MHz FSB with HT enabled)
Video Card(s): Power Color Radeon 9800 XT 256MB (Supplied by Power Color) and reference nVidia GeForce FX 5950 (Supplied by nVidia)
Memory: 2 X 256MB Mushkin PC4000 (Supplied by Mushkin)
Hard Disk(s): Western Digital 76GB 10,000 RPM Raptor SATA (Supplied by Western Digital)
Operating System Used: Windows XP Professional SP1
Drivers Used: ATI Catalyst 4.2, ATI Catalyst 4.3, XGI Volari - Reactor Driver 1.02.05, nVidia ForceWare 53.03 and nVidia ForceWare 56.64
We decided to keep the amount of different tests down but include more settings including 1280 X 1024 and 1600 X 1200 both being true gamer's resolution as well as 1280 X 1024 with AA and AF both set to four times. The maximum settings as far as AA and AF go on the XGI are four times which is simply why all cards were benched at these settings.
As we also mentioned, we have included benchmarks with the latest drivers from nVidia and ATI as both companies decided to release new drivers while we where half way through our testing.
Let us see how they all perform!
3DMark 2001 SE
3DMark2001 SE is a part of the popular 3DMark series. By combining DirectX 8.1 support with completely new graphics (including the GeForce4), it continues to provide benchmark results that empower you to make informed hardware assessments.
XGI Performance: First up we see that XGI isn't the fastest graphics card around in 3DMark 01. Let's see what happens in the higher resolution.
New ATI Drivers: Performance is so close to each other that there really isn't much difference.
New nVidia Drivers: Like the new ATI drivers, there isn't much of a performance hit or increase.
XGI Performance: Moving to the higher resolution we see the competition pull further ahead.
New ATI Drivers: Again the drivers are very similar in score.
New nVidia Drivers: Nothing to rave about here, either.
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