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Biostar Sigma-Gate VR8603TS21 GeForce 8600GTS Videocard Review

Biostar Sigma-Gate VR8603TS21 GeForce 8600GTS Videocard Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: Biostar's Sigma-Gate and V-Ranger software allowed us to push that videocard to its max. Literally. The key to our overclocking Zen was adjustable GPU and memory voltage options.
 91% Rating:   
Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Biostar Jul 17 2007   Colin Sun  
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Advanced Videocard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3, FEAR

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.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportCrytek FarCry 1.33:
UQ Regulator 1600x1200: FPS Ranking
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (2x AA)

56.13

Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (4x AA) 43.26
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (8x AA) 39.44
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (8xQ AA) 31.33
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (16x AA) 38.43
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (16xQ AA) 23.12
UQ Training 1600x1200: FPS Ranking
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (2x AF) 69.75
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (4x AF) 69.18
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (8x AF) 68.44
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (16x AF) 67.86
UQ Training 1600x1200: FPS Ranking
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (4x AA, 4x AF) 35.11
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (8xQ AA, 8x AF) 26.24
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (16xQ AA, 16x AF) 18.97

GeForce 8600GT videocards run out of memory bandwidth quickly when running with AA/AF enabled. At stock the Biostar Sigma-Gate does alright with lower settings.

ID Software Quake 4 1.3

Source: id Software

Quake 4 is the latest shooter from ID and is based on the Doom 3 engine. Tweaked to for more eye candy, Quake 4 promises to be tougher on videocards and systems than its predecessor was. Quake 4 also does not have a 60 fps limiter like Doom 3, with the Ultra setting, graphic textures can surpass the 500MB mark! Each test is run three times and with the third run being recorded.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportID Software Quake 4 1.3 Custom Demo:
UQ 1600x1200: FPS Ranking
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (2x AA) 101.6
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (4x AA) 82.9
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (8x AA) 71.8
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (8xQ AA) 51
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (16x AA) 71.1
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (16xQ AA) 32.2
UQ 1600x1200: FPS Ranking
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (2x AF) 133
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (4x AF) 131.9
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (8x AF) 132.7
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (16x AF) 132.2
UQ 1600x1200: FPS Ranking
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (4x AA, 4x AF) 82.3
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (8xQ AA, 8x AF) 51.7
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (16xQ AA, 16x AF) 31.6

Quake 4 numbers mirror that of FarCry. You'd probably only want to play this game with 4x AA max, anything higher and the framerates are just too slow.

Sierra FEAR 1.08

Source: Sierra

FEAR is Sierra's latest first person shooter which relies heavily on DirectX 9 features. With its "Soft Shadows" feature enabled, even the fastest videocards run at a crawl, FEAR is definitely the new benchmark for future FPS games to follow.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportSierra FEAR 1.08
1600x1200: FPS Ranking
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (2x AA) 38
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (4x AA) 27
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (8x AA)

25

Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (8xQ AA) 13
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (16x AA) 25
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (16xQ AA) 12
1600x1200: FPS Ranking
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (2x AF) 51
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (4x AF) 51
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (8x AF) 51
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (16x AF) 51
1600x1200: FPS Ranking
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (4x AA, 4x AF) 24
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (8xQ AA, 8x AF) 13
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 8600GTS (16xQ AA, 16x AF) 10

FEAR is so tough on videocards you won't want to run AA at any framerates at this resolutions.

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Contents of Article: Biostar Sigma-Gate VR8603TS21
 Pg 1.  Biostar Sigma-Gate VR8603TS21 GeForce 8600GTS Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  nVidia's G84 Core, DirectX 10 and Windows Vista
 Pg 3.  Biostar Simga-Gate and V-Ranger Overclocking Software
 Pg 4.  Overclocking the Biostar Sigma-Gate, more fun than usual!
 Pg 5.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 6.  Videocard Benchmarks: FarCry, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
 Pg 7.  Videocard Benchmarks: Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 8.  Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 9.  — Advanced Videocard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3, FEAR
 Pg 10.  PCSTATS Maximum Videocard Overclocking Chart & Conclusions

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