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Gigabyte Maya II Radeon 9700 Review - Benchmarks - OpenGL

Simply mentioning the words "GeForce FX" sends a shiver down the spine of enthusiast's users in the tech community as its retail release draws near. Don't forget about the graphics company from Canada though, ATI still currently have the speed crown in the Radeon 9700 Pro. Gigabyte are one of the third party manufacturers who switched to ATI from nVidia and today Cameron "Sov" Johnson takes a look at their Maya II Radeon 9700 - a cheaper, cut down version of the Pro version.

| AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jan 26, 2003 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.0%Manufacturer: Gigabyte

Real World OpenGL Benchmarks

 

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 the best way of testing video and PC systems for any instabilities and best performance.

 

 

Quake 3 shows the Radeon 9700 STD just falling behind the Ti4600 @ 1024x768, however, the bandwidth in memory gives the 9700 Pro the advantage at higher resolutions.

 

Star Trek Voyager

 

Star Trek Voyager is another real-world OpenGL benchmark. Based on the Quake III Arena engine, this game is an OpenGL master utilizing DirectX 8. We also apply the new Opt3D patch to allow for the use of Hardware T&L as well as new optimizations for AMD Athlon XP and Pentium 4 SSE2

 

 

Being so closely related to Quake 3, we expected the same trend in Star Trek Voyager. We got it.

 

Jedi Knight II

 

Jedi Knight II, Jedi Outcast is a newly released OpenGL game that many have been waiting for. It has greatly improved graphics over its predecessor and it fully supports advanced shaders, as well as very high texture resolutions and effects. There is one demo included in the multi-player section that is good for benchmarking use. In order to enable the benchmarking mode, you have to make a shortcut to the jk2mp.exe program located in the GameData folder of Jedi Knight 2. You have to put the switch "+set sv_cheats1" (no quotes) at the end of the line in the Target Area so that it looks like this: C:\Star Wars JK II Jedi Outcast\GameData\jk2mp.exe" +set sv_cheats 1. The demo file used is jk2ffa

 

 

Jedi Knight II takes some huge 3D power @ 1600x1200. Gigabyte's Radeon's are able to take it on with full force and gain 1st and 2nd place.

 

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