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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  
Home > Reviews > Video Cards > Sapphire Radeon 9800XT

Benchmarks: X2: The Threat, Comanche 4

X2: The Threat Source: Egosoft

A completely rewritten 3D engine based on DirectX8 encompasses many visual effects such as volumetric Nebulae (gas clouds) that have a real impact in the game (you can hide in them), many new engine, shield, weapon and explosion effects. Objects cast real dynamic 3D shadows! Dynamic DP3 bump mapping allows a previously unseen level of detail.

X2: The Threat - 1600x1200 32-bit
Video Card FPS Ranking
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra 45.4
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 47.0
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 37.6
Sapphire ATI Radeon 9800 XT 40.6

X2: The Threat is a follow up to Enlight's X Beyond the Frontier that doesn't use any shading technologies, yet still features an impressive graphics engine. Though technology demos themselves are a bit self-serving, the X2 demo is based on an actual game that is currently shipping, and therefore should be representative of an in-game experience.

This time around, the GeForce FX 5950 Ultra is the card with a 16 percent advantage at 1600x1200. Even the older GeForce FX 5900 Ultra beats ATI's RADEON 9800 XT.

Comanche 4 Source: Novalogic

The Comanche 4 benchmark demo is a unique benchmark as it represents a real-world gaming experience. It contains the single player "Eagle's Talon" mission from the game as well as a detailed cinematic. This DirectX 8.1 benchmark demo will measure your system's performance in the standard frames per second format. The benchmark was run with audio disabled.

Comanche 4 - 1280x1024
Video Card FPS Ranking
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra 64.35
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 64.61
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 63.56
Sapphire ATI Radeon 9800 XT 63.49

Comanche 4 is another DirectX title widely used to evaluate graphics performance. But as a flight simulator, it tends to tax processor performance more than graphics, which is why the scores are so tightly grouped.

Comanche 4 - 1600x1200
Video Card FPS Ranking
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra 60.97
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 61.66
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 61.44
Sapphire ATI Radeon 9800 XT 62.44

NVIDIA's GeForce FX 5950 Ultra holds a miniscule one percent lead at 1280x1024. Then, the RADEON 9800 XT jumps in front at 1600x1200 by a similarly insignificant two percent lead.

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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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