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Sapphire Radeon 9800XT Videocard Review

Sapphire Radeon 9800XT Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Sapphire includes all of the complementary hardware you need, including a power extension, a DVI-to-VGA adapter, and an S-Video-to-composite adapter for output to a television.
 79% Rating:   
Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Sapphire Feb 03 2004   Chris Angelini  
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Benchmarks: Quake III Arena

Quake III: Arena v.1.32

Source: ID Software

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.

Each of these tests was run with the 'four' demo.

QIII Arena - 1280x1024
Videocard FPS Ranking
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra 311.4
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 317
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 293
Sapphire ATI Radeon 9800 XT 307.9
4xAA 8xAF FPS Ranking
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra 167.1
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 172.5
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 165.6
Sapphire ATI Radeon 9800 XT 201.2

Quake III is an older game, yet its 3D engine is featured in many of the games played today. As you can see, all of today's best graphics hardware is wholly capable of plowing through the latest build at frame rates in excess of 200.

QIII Arena - 1600x1200
Videocard FPS Ranking
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra 246.4
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 254.8
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 230.1
Sapphire ATI Radeon 9800 XT 248.6
4xAA 8xAF FPS Ranking
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra 131.3
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 136.2
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 119.2
Sapphire ATI Radeon 9800 XT 145.4

NVIDIA's GeForce FX 5950 Ultra establishes a two percent lead at 1600x1200, which can hardly be considered perceptible. In order to apply a little more pressure to the hardware in question, we enabled 4x multi-sample anti-aliasing and 8x anisotropic filtering in each of the cards' driver control panels.

Running the same benchmark, the roles reverse, and Sapphire's RADEON 9800 XT picks up a seven percent lead at 1600x1200. Admittedly, it'd still be hard to tell between the two during actual game play.

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Contents of Article: Sapphire Radeon 9800XT
 Pg 1.  Sapphire Radeon 9800XT Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  The ATI RADEON 9800XT VPU
 Pg 3.  Sapphire's Take on Pricing, and 3DMark03
 Pg 4.  — Benchmarks: Quake III Arena
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: UT2003
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: X2: The Threat, Comanche 4
 Pg 7.  Conclusions and SPECviewPerf 7.1

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