We compared the Radeon 9500 PRO with ATI's brand new range and with the NVIDIA GeForce 4 Ti 4600 and Ti4200-8x. To stretch the cards to their limits, we ran our tests using a powerful 3.06 GHz Pentium 4. If you are interested in how the cards perform with a slower CPU (2.2 GHz), take a look at the preview article that we published four weeks ago.
|Processor||Intel Pentium 4 3.06 GHz|
|Memory||2 x 256 MB, PC333 cl2|
|Graphic Cards||NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti4200 128 MB
NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti4600
ATI Radeon 9000 Pro
ATI Radeon 9500 Pro
ATI Radeon 9700
ATI Radeon 9700 PRO
|Drivers & Software|
|Graphics Driver||NVIDIA - v. 40.72 WHQL
ATI - v. 02.4 (126.96.36.19900)
|OS||Windows XP Professional SP1|
|Benchmarks & Settings|
|Aquanox||Retail Version v1.17|
|Max Payne||Retail Version v1.05
Benchmark using 'Shooting Alex'
|Unreal Tournament||Demo v1.1|
|2003 Demo||Antalus Benchmark|
|3D Mark 2001 SE||Pro Version, Build 330|
The reduced memory bandwidth is quite noticeable in Aquanox. In 1280x1024, the 9500 PRO was 46% slower than the 9700 PRO and only marginally ahead of the Ti 4200-8x. The GeForce 4 Ti 4600 was a good 10 - 15% faster in all resolutions.