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GeForce3 Performance

Test Setup

Platform
MotherboardMSI K7 Master-S, AMD760 Chipset
ProcessorAthlon 1333, overclocked to 1466 MHz
Memory256 MB Micron PC2100 CL2 DDR-SDRAM
Hard DriveIBM DTLA307030 ATA100 IDE FAT32/NTFS
Operating SystemWindows98SE for game benchmarksWindows2000 SP1 for SPECviewperf 6.1.2
Graphics Cards
NVIDIA GeForce364 MB, Driver 11.01, Chip Clock 200 MHz, Memory Clock 460 MHz (DDR)
NVIDIA GeForce2 Ultra64 MB, Driver 11.01, Chip clock 250 MHz, Memory clock 460 MHz (DDR)
NVIDIA GeForce2 Pro64 MB, Driver 11.01, Chip Clock 200 MHz, Memory Clock 400 MHz (DDR)
NVIDIA GeForce2 GTS32 MB, Driver 11.01, Chip Clock 200 MHz, Memory Clock 366 MHz (DDR)
ATi Radeon DDR64 MB, Driver, Chip Clock 183 MHz, Memory Clock 183 MHz

Theoretical Numbers

It's always good to have a look at the theoretical numbers provided by the chipmakers, just to have an idea how far truth can be from reality and how pointless those number games really are.

Memory BandwidthPixel Fill RateTexel Fill Rate
NVIDIA GeForce37360 MB/s800 MPixel/s1600 MTexel/s
NVIDIA GeForce2 Ultra7360 MB/s1000 MPixel/s2000 MTexel/s
NVIDIA GeForce2 Pro6400 MB/s800 MPixel/s1600 MTexel/s
NVIDIA GeForce2 GTS5856 MB/s800 MPixel/s1600 MTexel/s
ATi Radeon5856 MB/s366 MPixel/s1098 MTexel/s

If you look at those numbers, GeForce3 should be inferior to GeForce2 Ultra. Let's see if this is indeed the case.