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XGI Volari 8300 Reference Videocard Review

XGI Volari 8300 Reference Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Volari 8300 a native PCI Express GPU, and it's intended to compete in the entry level market with a handful of home theatre PC oriented capabilities that should make it stand out.
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Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: XGI Tech Dec 15 2005   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Video Cards > XGI Tech Volari 8300

Benchmarks: 3DMark03, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, FarCry

3DMark03 Source: FutureMark

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:
Videocards: Points Ranking
PowerColor X700 Pro 7651
MSI NX6600GT-TD128E 8855
MSI NX6200TC-TD32E 2025
XGI Volari 8300 Reference Card 1804

The XGI Volari 8300 Reference videocard performs on par with the GeForce 6200TC based MSI NX6200TC-TD32E which is pretty good considering they are direct competitors.

Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory Source: Ubisoft

State of the art graphics and sound technology collide to produce the most breathtaking gaming experience on any console. Advanced physics modeling enables rag doll physics, particle effects, and Seamlessly dynamic environments.

Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
1024x768 SM1: FPS Ranking
PowerColor X700 Pro 39.210549
MSI NX6600GT-TD128E 46.749263
MSI NX6200TC-TD32E 6.145752
XGI Volari 8300 Reference Card 4.473545
1600x1200 SM1: FPS Ranking
PowerColor X700 Pro 21.21478
MSI NX6600GT-TD128E 24.750879
MSI NX6200TC-TD32E 3.451658
XGI Volari 8300 Reference Card 2.206172

Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory is one of the most stressful games on the market but remember when viewing these benchmark numbers, the XGI Volari 8300 is not intended to be a gaming videocard. Rather it is for 2D applications and high quality video output.

FarCry Source: Ubisoft

Real-time editing, bump mapping, static lights, network system, integrated physics system, shaders, shadows, and a dynamic music system are just some of the state of-the-art features that the CryENGINE offers. The game was set to Ultra quality and the Ubisoft's Regulator and Training demos were run.

FarCry:
UQ Regulator 1024x768: FPS Ranking
PowerColor X700 Pro 66.45
MSI NX6600GT-TD128E 77.55
MSI NX6200TC-TD32E 19.91
XGI Volari 8300 Reference Card 10.53
UQ Training 1024x768: FPS Ranking
PowerColor X700 Pro 72.34
MSI NX6600GT-TD128E 84.5
MSI NX6200TC-TD32E 21.22
XGI Volari 8300 Reference Card 13.91
UQ Regulator 1600x1200: FPS Ranking
PowerColor X700 Pro 34.43
MSI NX6600GT-TD128E 42.89
MSI NX6200TC-TD32E 7.22
XGI Volari 8300 Reference Card 3.89
UQ Training 1600x1200: FPS Ranking
PowerColor X700 Pro 36.75
MSI NX6600GT-TD128E 47.64
MSI NX6200TC-TD32E 7.95
XGI Volari 8300 Reference Card 6.31

FarCry backs up what we saw in Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, the XGI Volari 8300 is not intended to be a gaming videocard.

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Contents of Article: XGI Tech Volari 8300
 Pg 1.  XGI Volari 8300 Reference Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  XGI's TrueVideo Engine
 Pg 3.  XGI Reactor Drivers
 Pg 4.  — Benchmarks: 3DMark03, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, FarCry
 Pg 5.  A good card for 2D work?

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