Drivers - Others
Here are the links to the other competing boards' drivers.
- AOpen PA256 Pro
- Asus AGP-V7700 Pure
- ELSA Gladiac
- Gainward CARDExpert GF2 GTS
- Guillemot 3D Prophet II GTS
- Leadtek WFGF2
I decided to use the latest driver available for each of our GF2 boards that happened to be based on NVIDIA's 5.32 drivers and supposedly have improved FSAA performance.
Due to popular demand I also added results for NVIDIA TNT Ultra and 3dfx VD3 3000 boards. It seems many people want to see how much better a GeForce2 based board would be over their aging 3D board.
|CPU||Intel Pentium III 1 GHz, 133 MHz FSB|
|Motherboard||Asus CUSL2 with Intel i815e Chipset|
|Memory||128 MB Crucial PC133 CAS2 SDRAM|
|All NVIDIA based boards||4.12.01.0532 based drivers for each card|
|3dfx VD3 3000||1.04.07 BETA|
|OS Version||Windows 98 SE 4.10.2222 AScreen Resolution 1024x768x16x85|
|Quake 3 Arena||Retail Versioncommand line = +set cd_nocd 1 +set s_initsound 0Graphics detail set to 'Normal', 640x480x16Benchmark using 'Q3DEMO1'FSAA done at 2X SuperSampling|
|Expendable||Downloadable Demo Versioncommand line = -timedemoFSAA done at 2X SuperSampling|
I don't expect our two GF2 boards to vary much in performance as they're both using the same driver base. There also should be no competition between the GF2's and the older video cards. If you're curious to see how well the GF2 chipset does in general, please read Tom's Take on NVIDIA's GeForce2 GTS . Keep in mind that clock speed differences or driver variations may show differences in performance but other than that, we should expect these boards to produce numbers within a few percent of each other.
Benchmark Results - Quake 3 Arena Demo001
Our GeForce2 contenders are side by side at all resolutions. When switching to high resolution or high color, the older 3D cards obviously aren't very good performers. If you value those settings, its probably time to make the move to a much faster card.