After a few benchmarks, one thing became perfectly clear...my 1GHz Intel Pentium III was the bottleneck! Due to my 15" monitor, I was limited to a maximum resolution of 1024x768 pixels, and the card scored almost identically in all benchmarks whatever the resolution and colour depth! The only way I could get a performance drop was to enable 4x4 FSAA, and even then the performance drop was rather mild when compared to my GeForce2 MX.
All benchmarks were performed with V-Sync disabled, in order to obtain the maximum possible frame rates. Every test was run three times, and the average result obtained. The card was tested with the following system:
1GHz Intel Pentium III CPU
AOpen AX37 Plus Motherboard (VIA Apollo Pro 266 chipset)
256MB Apacer CAS-2 PC-2100 DDR SDRAM
15.3GB Western Digital Caviar 153BA 7200RPM Hard Drive
Yamaha Waveforce 192XG PCI Sound Card
The Leadtek card did extremely well in this test, scoring over 5000 3DMarks at 1024x768x32 - very impressive for a Pentium III based system. It is a pity that my monitor could not push the card further, but such is life.
The futuristic game "DroneZ" is now used by several hardware reviewers, so I figured since the game came with the card, why not use it? As you can see, the 1GHz CPU is not cutting the mustard here, with only an 8.9% drop in performance across the resolution spectrum.
- Quake III Arena (v1.27g)
The 1GHz Pentium III is looking more like an old man here than anywhere else. A pathetic 1.1% performance drop from lowest to highest resolution indicates the Pentium III needs to be sent to a retirement village. The GeForce3, however, keeps up an admirable 63.2fps at 1024x768x32.
Editor's Note: The Quake III Arena testing was done using the VIA ARENA Demo map. For those who have not tried it, it is much more graphically intense than the normal Demo001 and Demo002 maps, and will account for the lower FPS rates that the testing produced. It was designed to show off the performance capabilities of DDR memory and GeForce3 video cards. If you would like to run this demo for yourself, then you can DOWNLOAD IT HERE or get it from our "Files" page.