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How to test the speed of my video card

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July 7, 2003 3:10:18 PM

I went from a nvidia 440 MX 64 meg card to a ATI 9800 non-pro. I want to see my performance there a free program out there used to benchmark video cards? I use FRAPS to check out the fps in games, but I was looking for more detail....thanks in advance. BTW, 9800 non-pro rocks so far...besides it gave me an excuse to blow away my system and start over....
(I can't install an ATI card over an old nvidia one honey...I'll be in the computer for next few hours you take care of the little one).

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July 7, 2003 4:01:22 PM

Try 3dMark 2003. You can get it at

Radeon 9500 w/256 bit memory bus @ 367/310
AMD AthlonXP 2000+
3dMark03: 3439
July 7, 2003 4:17:53 PM

thx, but I was hoping to not have to spend $$$ to verify my vid card's speed. I hope ATI (and Nvidia) considers that in the software of cards, especially when you are paying $300.00!!!

Oh well, if no other suggestions, I will just "assume" I have it. The reason I am also looking at more detail is to get the best performance/quality ratio possible. FRAPS won't do it, not enough information.
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July 7, 2003 4:22:59 PM

Umm, 3DMark <b>is</b> free...
July 7, 2003 4:27:37 PM

Dr. Hardware is an interesting piece of software that allows you to benchmark your video card in various's free to try, 20 bucks to buy <A HREF="" target="_new"> here</A> . Also, if you have UT2K3 there is a benchmarking program that is included with the software...check that out. Also, if you don't like the UT2K3 benchmark...try <A HREF="" target="_new"> this one</A> out. Otherwise, I'd stick with futuremark ones...that's what I use to truly benchmark my video card. Hey, even if Nvidia and ATI cheated with still gives me a 'round about' area that my performance is measuring in. Since I'm not a hard core long as the performance is good, so am I.

July 7, 2003 7:33:42 PM

3dmark is free, dude.


Radeon 9500 w/256 bit memory bus @ 367/310
AMD AthlonXP 2000+
3dMark03: 3439
July 7, 2003 7:46:20 PM

Im not certain if using the 3dmk2003 is a good idea since a low cpu will hose the score no matter wat AGP card you got. Id use the 3dmk2001, that is if your CPU is below 2ghz. That and you would feel more good about the purchase with the bigger score difference in the 2001 version ;-)
July 7, 2003 7:51:22 PM

I think you got it backwards, dude. 3dmark 2001 is WAY more CPU dependant.

3dMark2003 is almost entirely video card dependant.

Radeon 9500 w/256 bit memory bus @ 367/310
AMD AthlonXP 2000+
3dMark03: 3439
a b U Graphics card
a b Î Nvidia
July 7, 2003 9:55:23 PM

Exactly what Cleeve said.

2k3 = Graphics card test.
2K1 = General System test.

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