Results - Vulpine GLMark Benchmark (1024x768x32, no FSAA)
Vulpine's new GLMark is also a good benchmark tool to measure the GeForce3's performance and how it will perform over the GeForce2 when newer GeForce3 games such as DroneZ are released. Why in this test is the GeForce3 so much faster? The GeForce2 Pro card displays the same graphics as the GeForce3, except it uses GeForce3 software emulation instead of hardware emulation which the GeForce3 uses and is obviously much slower. The GeForce3 software emulation even on a GeForce2 Pro was really pushing it to the extreme, it's unrealistic to play games at an average of 42 fps and dipping down to 10 fps in some instances.
Results - DroneZ Benchmark (1024x768x32, no FSAA)
As with Vulpine's GLMark, DroneZ is yet another good DX8 benchmarking tool to measure the performance of the GeForce3. Like with GLMark, this soon to be released game uses GeForce3 software emulation on all non-GeForce3 graphics cards. The GeForce2 Pro card was really pushed to the max and even crashed out of the game on various occasions because of this - The average frames per second was 18.55, in other words totally unplayable even on an AMD Athlon 1.2GHz w/ 256mb SDRAM system.
Results - Quake 3 Arena Benchmark (High Quality Graphics, no FSAA)
While at lower resolutions, there isn't much different in frame rates between the GeForce3 and GeForce2 Pro, at higher frame rates however the GeForce3 really pushes ahead of the GeForce2 Pro. At 1600x1200 on the GeForce3, Quake 3 Arena is playable, on the other hand at 1600x1200 on the GeForce2 Pro it isn't very playable at all.
Results - Quake 3 Arena Benchmark (High Quality Graphics, Quincunx FSAA)
The GeForce3 features nVidia's new Quincunx FSAA method as tested in the benchmarks above. I cannot really justify a 40 frames per second plus drop at 1600x1200 with this new FSAA method, when you really have to stop and spot the changes. Gaming isn't about that. At this stage there is no Quincunx FSAA emulation method, thus why the GeForce2 Pro scored 0 in all resolutions of the testings above.