Arena is a First Person Shooter (FPS) that revolutionized gaming as we know it.
Using multiple light sources and having graphics textures that can fill
videocards, even after 3 years it's still able to bring a cutting edge system to
|Quake III Arena MAX 1024x768 demo001 with
Radeon 9700 Pro HQ (2xAA, 8x AF)
Radeon 9700 Pro OQ (4xAA, 16xAF)
Wow, even with 2xAA and 8x AF the Radeon 9700 Pro
is still able to break the 200 fps barrier! For comparison, a GeForce4 Ti4600 is
hitting around 147.5 fps.
Conclusions on the Radeon
The ATI Radeon 9700 Pro is clearly the fastest videocard
on the market at the moment.
It's also quite nice to know that the videocard is very
future proof, after all DirectX 9 hasn't even come out yet and it usually takes
at least a year before games start to support it. Just look at how long before
DirectX 8 was supported!
Obviously as the fastest performing consumer 3D
videocard on the market, the ATi Radeon 9700 Pro also will command the most
money. Weighing in at $579 CDN ($360 US) the card is not cheap, but then again,
top of the line performance never is.
The performance of the Radeon 9700 Pro was excellent and
on occasion it even doubled the performance of the Ti4600! It's clear that ATi
is successfully targeting the very hardcore gamer with this videocard.
Be in all seriousness, if you don't plan to play with anti aliasing and/or
Anisotropic filtering then the Radeon 9700 Pro is pure and utter overkill for
the current crop of games.
That's a good thing from one perspective, and an even better thing
for the other perspective :-) Heck, why no play games with AA or AF enabled!
If you can afford the ATI Radeon 9700 Pro you'll be
satisfied with it for a very long time, and DirectX 9 compatibility means this
card is extremely future proof.
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