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Tyan Tachyon 9500 Pro Video Card Review - Benchmarks - OpenGL

Tyan are a company who has been known mostly for their impressive server / workstation products. Recently they've taken notice of the growing overclocking market and decided to switch their focus slightly with the introduction of their Tyan Tachyon series of video cards. Follow Cameron "Sov" Johnson as he takes a look at the Tyan Tachyon 9500 Pro video card based on ATI's Radeon 9500 Pro VPU. How does it stack up against the best on the market? Read on and find out!

| AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: May 8, 2003 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%      Manufacturer: Tyan

Real World OpenGL

 

Quake 3 Arena

 

Quake 3 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 range of different products.

 

 

Quake 3 shows a gap between the 9700 and Tachyon 9500 Pro, but only a slight gap, this is surprising considering the reduced memory interface.

 

Star Trek Voyager

 

Star Trek Voyager is a real-world OpenGL benchmark. Based on the Quake 3 Arena engine, this game is a OpenGL master utilising DirectX 8. We also apply the new Opt3D patch to allow for the use of Hardware T&L's use as well as new optimisations for AMD Athlon XP and Pentium 4 SSE2.

 

 

Due to the heavier load on the memory bandwidth with Voyager the gap is larger than that of Quake 3.

 

Jedi Knight II

 

Jedi Knight II, Jedi Outcast is a newly released OpenGL game that many have been waiting for. It has much improved graphics over its predecessor. 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 also relies on large bandwidth between the VPU and the memory, 128bit bus of the 9500 Pro drops it below the 9700.

 

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