|Unreal Tournament 2003
Tournament 2003 is the sequel to 1999's multiple 'Game of the Year' award
winner. It uses the very latest Unreal Engine technology - where graphics, sound
and game play are taken beyond the bleeding edge. Unreal Tournament 2003 employs
the use of Vertex as well as Pixel Shaders and it's recommended that you use a
DirectX 8 videocard to get the most out of the game.
going to be happy with the Chaintech Apogee AA5700U's performance if you're a
FPS player. As the other benchmarks suggest even with 2x and QC AA enabled
performance does not suffer all that much. AF does not kill frame rates and when
both AA and AF are enabled things simply look beautiful!
Chaintech still need to work
on increasing their North American exposure before they become as familiar as
Abit, ECS, or others. The companies' Apogee line of videocards is certainly an
easy route to that goal, as they offer among the best value in the market.
Of course there's more to the Chaintech Apogee AA5700U
than just its looks, the card is fairly well equipped, and manages the
benchmarks at a good mainstream level. For those of you who like to output your
display to the television, the card has an S-Video out, and of course the
necessary DVI-to-analog converter is there for use with dual monitors.
Chaintech's custom cooling solution runs about 4-5
degrees Celsius cooler than other GeForceFX 5700 Ultra videocards we've tested,
and remains pretty quiet as well. On the software side, we would have liked to
have found a few more games in the box, but you can't win them all I suppose.
Chaintech's GOSU software is probably the most powerful manufacturer bundled
overclocker we have ever seen, and it gets high marks from me. I gave up trying
to find the maximum core and memory speed after 700/1200.... boy it's nice to
see that Chaintech is not afraid to let you push their cards to the max!
The Chaintech Apogee AA5700U's performance was very good
considering it's targeted towards the mainstream market. While obviously slower
than the highend cards, the Apogee AA5700U still managed to dish out good frame
rates at 1024x768 resolutions which is now pretty much the bare minimum for
gamers. Overclocking raised its performance, enabling the 5700U GPU under the
hood to go toe-to-toe with ATi's Radeon 9700 Pro!
With a retail price of $255 CDN ($191 US), the Chaintech Apogee
AA5700U videocard is not the most inexpensive card out there, but it won't break
the bank either. Bottom line, this baby's got good performance, a decent
software bundle and nice looks. That chalks up to one well rounded mainstream
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