Benchmarks: Gun Metal 2, 3DMark2001SE
Gun Metal 2
is one of the first games that will be taking advantage of DirectX 9 technology.
According to Gun Metal 2, 2x AA is enabled by
default on all videocards and the listed framerates are
DirectX9 Benchmark, Gunmetal 2 again saw the 5950 pull in top numbers, this time
a decent 4 fps advantage over the Radeon 9800
Pro. Unfortunately it showed very little improvement in performance over its sibling, the FX5900 which
in our lab tests managed just over 31 frames per second.
Interestingly, the change between 1024X768 and 1600X1200
demo runs seemed to make very little difference to the card, as the gap between
it and the Radeon 9800 Pro stayed constant, as did the ones between the stock
Gigabyte FX5950 Ultra numbers and the overclocked benchmarks.
combining DirectX8 support with completely new graphics, it continues to provide
good overall system benchmarks. 3DMark2001SE 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.
numbers denote better performance.
As you can
see, the FX5950's scores in 3Dmark 2001's directX 8.1 environment pale next to
those of the equivalent ATI cards. Whether this is a driver issue or a
limitation of the chip itself is not known. The Gigabyte FX5950 Ultra core
showed a visible, but not overly impressive performance rise over the
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