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XGI Volari V8 Reference Card Review

XGI Volari V8 Reference Card Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: It's quite amazing to realize the extent to which Nvidia and ATI dominate the mainstream computer graphics market.
Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: XGI Jul 15 2004   Mike Dowler  
Home > Reviews > Video Cards > XGI Volari V8

Benchmarks: 3Dmark03, Codecreatures

Futuremark 3DMark03 (v.340) Source: FutureMark

This new accurate diagnostic tool, designed for DirectX9.0, provides you with all the information you need to make informed hardware assessments. Havok Total real-time physics library from Havok - these routines are used to accurately model the movements of objects due to forces, etc. FMOD sound library from Firelight Technologies - these are used for the various sound effects and routines used in the tests. Graphics adapter analysis software from Powerstrip of Entech Taiwan - this is used to correctly determine the speeds of the graphics processing and video memory chips, plus supply additional hardware information. Higher 3DMark03 scores denote better performance.

3DMark03 - Benchmark Results
Video Card 3DMarks Ranking
Asus Radeon A9600XT 3407
Albatron FX5700 Ultra 4067
XGI Volari V8 2592
XGI Volari V8 (360/330MHz) 3013

PCMark's synthetic benchmark of choice has the knack of bringing the performance of gaming cards into perspective. Performance is decent here for the Volari V8, but we did notice a few apparent texture problems in the 'troll's lair' section of the benchmark. Overclocking the V8 bought us a respectable performance increase.

CodeCreatures Source: CodeCult
Our second DirectX9 benchmark, CodeCreatures uses a custom engine to render a variety of complex nature scenes using DirectX 9 effects. It's an excellent way to completely stress out your video card of choice.
CodeCretures requires a fully compatible DirectX 8 videocard with preferably 128 MB of RAM to store textures. It utilizes vertex as well as pixel shaders to run its tests.

CodeCreatures - 1024x768
Video Card FPS Ranking
Asus Radeon A9600XT 24.1
Albatron FX5700 Ultra 34.8
XGI Volari V8 12.5
XGI Volari V8 (360/330MHz) 14.2

CodeCreatures - 1280x1024
Video Card FPS Ranking
Asus Radeon A9600XT 18.7
Albatron FX5700 Ultra 25.6
XGI Volari V8 8.8
XGI Volari V8 (360/330MHz) 10.2

CodeCreatures - 1600x1200
Video Card FPS Ranking
Asus Radeon A9600XT 14.5
Albatron FX5700 Ultra 19.6
XGI Volari V8 6.2
XGI Volari V8 (360/330MHz) 6.9

This demanding benchmark really brought the XGI Volari V8 to its knees. While the card could not keep up with the others shown here, keep in mind that it is not intended to compete with them directly, but rather their budget siblings. From this perspective, the results are as expected.

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Contents of Article: XGI Volari V8
 Pg 1.  XGI Volari V8 Reference Card Review
 Pg 2.  XGI Drivers & Software
 Pg 3.  Overclocking The Volari V8
 Pg 4.  — Benchmarks: 3Dmark03, Codecreatures
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Aquamark3, Gun Metal2
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: X2 The Threat, Aquamark2.3
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: UT2003
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: X2 The Threat, UT2003

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