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PowerColor Radeon 9800 Pro Graphics Card Review - Benchmarks - Test Setup and Synthetics

It is in our nature to desire and crave the very best of what resource is available to us. In this technological age of ours the IT industry has many great products on offer which come at a high asking price. Today Shawn "Toxic" Baker takes a look at PowerColor Radeon 9800 Pro which costs around $100 US less than other 9800 Pro cards which usually cost around $500 US making it a little more affordable. Does competitive pricing result in lack luster performance? Read on for the answer.

By: | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jun 14, 2003 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: PowerColor



Test System


Processor(s): Intel Pentium 4 2.8GHz "C" (Supplied by Altech Computers)


Motherboard(s): DFI LANPARTY PRO875 (Supplied by DFI)


Memory(s): 4 x 256 Corsair XMS 3500 (Supplied by Altech Computers)


Hard Disk(s): Seagate 80GB 7200RPM " (Supplied by Altech Computers)


Operating System Used: Windows XP Professional


Drivers Used: Catalyst 3.4


Software Used: 3DMark 2001 SE, 3DMark 2003, Code Creatures, Quake 3 and Vulpine GL Mark


3DMark2001 SE


3DMark2001 SE is 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. Build 330 adds support for video cards that have Vertex Shaders but no Pixel Shaders,



First up we see the Gigabyte Radeon 9800 Pro take the lead with the PowerColor following closely behind with a 12 point margin between them. The more expensive Hercules card sits a little bit further down with the 9700 Pro coming last with around 850 points between it and its big brother.


3DMark 2003


3DMark03 is the latest installment in the popular 3DMark series. By combining DirectX 9 support with completely new graphics (including the GeForce FX and ATI Radeon 9800), it continues to provide benchmark results that empower you to make informed hardware assessments.



PowerColor takes its first win and we find only 10 points difference between it and the Gigabyte Radeon 9800 Pro then a further 10 points between it and the Hercules Radeon Card.


Code Creatures


Code Creatures is a Synthetic benchmark based on Direct X 8 which gives users the chance to see another highly involved benchmark program. Focusing on 2 elements Grass and Water video cards are stressed to the limit resulting in quite low scoring benchmarks. Users get to see a more intensive side of DirectX 8 thanks to the engine behind Code Creatures.


- Water Section



The Radeon 9800 Pros are all neck and neck here with only .2 FPS separating the leader of the back and the Hercules.


- Grass Section



Again we find each 9800 Pro bunched together with the PowerColor taking the lead and the Hercules and Gigabyte neck and neck with 50.1 average FPS.


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