ATI Rage Fury MAXX Review

Fill-Rate And Memory Bandwidth

Since the first time we had our hands on this board, we knew it would be laying down some serious numbers when it came to bandwidth in regards to fill-rate and memory capabilities. The original reference boards we tested were clocked at 125 MHz core/143 MHz memory but the released board has been upgraded a reasonable amount to 135 MHz core/155 MHz memory! So how does all this measure up against the GeForce and Savage 2000? Let's take a look at the table below.

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Graphics CardFill-RateMemory Bandwidth
ATI Rage Fury MAXX540 Mpixels/sec4.96 GB/sec
NVIDIA GeForce 256 DDR480 Mpixels/sec4.8 GB/sec
NVIDIA GeForce 256 SDR480 Mpixels/sec2.656 GB/sec
S3 Savage 2000250 Mpixels/sec2.48 GB/sec

Keep in mind that the numbers above are all in theory. This does not account for architecture or driver efficiency factors. Each factor can contribute to the degradation in the actual "real world" output capability of all the cards. You can see that in theory that the ATI Rage Fury MAXX has superior numbers when it comes to fill-rate and memory bandwidth but we'll hold our judgments until we take a look at the real world performance numbers.