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ATI Radeon 9250 Graphics Card Roundup - Battle at the Bottom

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Sep 3, 2004 4:00 am

Unreal Tournament 2004


Unreal Tournament 2004 is the latest instalment to the Unreal Tournament series. The full version of the game is based on DX9 and has faced quite a big make over and is a lot more intensive then its predecessor.




Nothing has changed from the synthetics tests. At 800 X 600 the game is quite playable with most of the cards but when moving to 1024 X 768 you do see the cards separate with some results being playable and others being not so playable.


Doom 3


Doom 3 is the latest game to hit our test lab and is one of the most intensive games to dates. With our own custom time demo we are able to give a realistic rating on what kind of FPS you will be achieving.


For more information on benchmarking Doom 3 we recommend you check out our extensive article regarding it here.




While the graphics cards show similar results to what we have seen throughout all of our benchmarks, you can clearly see that the Radeon 9250 is just not made for Doom 3.


Using Medium Quality was recommended by Doom 3 and you can see that in the lower resolution the GeCube which seems to be consistently faster only gives us an average of 20 FPS. Moving to 1024 X 768 the picture is even worst with us seeing an average of just 14 FPS on the fastest card.


Quake 3


Quake III Arena is a real-world OpenGL benchmark that we have been using here at TweakTown for quite a while now because it has proven itself to be one of the best gaming benchmarks around to compare a wide range of different products. Quake III is getting very old, but is still one of the best ways of testing video and PC systems for any instabilities and best performance.




Finally we leave with Quake 3 which is the oldest game out of our benchmark suite. With its age you can see that even the 64-bit card is unable to achieve over 100 FPS average. All the cards give playable FPS at both resolutions.


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