Graphic Chips Review April 98

Overall Results

The overall result for each card running in a Pentium II 400 system, weighing each benchmark equally looks like this:

As you can see, the G200 scores 84% of a Voodoo2 chip and leads far ahead of every other current 2D/3D chip. Using slower CPU's makes the G200 look even better, which you will realize when you have a look at these two charts:

You can see that the G200 doesn't gain that much from a CPU faster than a Pentium II 233, this means also that it doesn't lose a lot from its score with a Pentium II 400, so that with a Pentium II 233 the G200 scores well over 90% of the Voodoo2. We should also not forget that the G200 is at a pretty high level already, which is a lot of good news for owners of slower CPUs as well. However, it will mean that there won't be much of a gain in frame rates with CPUs faster than a Pentium II 400, unless the game is very complex and hence depending more on the CPU than on the 3D accelerator.

One of the down sides of the G200, if you wish, is it's decrease in performance when switching to a higher resolution.

The decrease in frame rate is higher than what a single Voodoo2 or an i740 produce. The extremely low result of the dual Voodoo2 SLI configuration is mainly due to 'clipping', simply because the CPU can't deliver enough data to feed two Voodoo2 cards, so that higher resolutions are running at almost the same frame rate.

  • JeanLuc
    I love reading these old articles especially by Mr Toms Hardware himself Thomas Pabst.

    Look at the comments made in the conclusion, both Nvidia and ATI are getting owned by 3DFX and even more owned by 3DFX's SLI technology. How times have changed, no more 3DFX, ATI actually produce decent video cards and games running at 1680x1050 rather then a 800x600.