Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, QIII Arena
3DMark2001 SE is the latest installment in
the 3DMark series by MadOnion. By combining DirectX8 support with completely new
graphics, it continues to provide good overall system benchmarks. 3DMark2001 SE
has been created in cooperation with the major 3D accelerator and processor
manufacturers to provide a reliable set of diagnostic tools. The suite
demonstrates 3D gaming performance by using real-world gaming technology to test
a system's true performance abilities. Tests include: DirectX8 Vertex Shaders,
Pixel Shaders and Point Sprites, DOT3 and Environment Mapped Bump Mapping,
support for Full Scene Anti-aliasing and Texture Compression and two game tests
using Ipion real-time physics. Higher 3DMark scores denote better
see quite a performance boost when we overclock the memory. The AMD test system
gets a nice 800 point boost thanks to the higher FSB! The Intel test rig gets
its boost mainly from the higher CPU speed.
Quake III 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 its knees.
I often get e-mails from people asking me why I continue
to use Quake III Arena as a benchmark because it's so old. The reason is, Quake
III is especially good for testing bandwidth and here we see how the more
bandwidth you get the faster your system runs!
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