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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: X2 The Threat, Aquamark2.3

X2: The Threat Source: Egosoft

This outer space simulator is a visual treat. 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 - 1024x768-32bit
Video Card FPS Ranking
Asus Radeon A9600XT 72.40
MSI FX5900XT-VTD128 96.14
XGI Volari V8

49.12

XGI Volari V8 (360/330MHz) 53.50

X2: The Threat - 1600x1200-32bit
Video Card FPS Ranking
Asus Radeon A9600XT

37.49

MSI FX5900XT-VTD128 51.18
XGI Volari V8

26.38

XGI Volari V8 (360/330MHz) 28.40
Performance here was what we would expect from a lower-end video card, and XGI's V8 provided excellent image quality.

AquaMark 2.3 Source: Massive Development

AquaMark is another DirectX 8 benchmark. Using vertex shaders, any card that is DirectX8 compatible will not just have a huge speed boost, the image will also look better. Default test has 24 MB worth of textures.

AquaMark 2.3 - 1024x768
Video Card FPS Ranking
Asus Radeon A9600XT 64.0
MSI FX5900XT-VTD128

84.1

XGI Volari V8

56.1

XGI Volari V8 (360/330MHz) 71.6

AquaMark 2.3 - 1280x1024
Video Card FPS Ranking
Asus Radeon A9600XT 41.2
MSI FX5900XT-VTD128 55.8
XGI Volari V8 43.3
XGI Volari V8 (360/330MHz) 49.3

AquaMark 2.3 - 1600x1200
Video Card FPS Ranking
Asus Radeon A9600XT 28.8
MSI FX5900XT-VTD128 41.7
XGI Volari V8 31.5
XGI Volari V8 (360/330MHz) 36.2

The Volari V8's performance in Aquamark was very respectable, besting the 9600 Pro in the higher resolutions. Image quality was also excellent. Overclocking again bought a decent performance gain, which is always an encouraging result.

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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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