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NVIDIA GeForceFX: Brute Force Attack Against the King

The Performance

Let's get down to the tests. Because there are no games on the market yet that can make use of DirectX9 capabilities, we're left focusing on DirectX8/ 8.1 games.

We put together an extensive repertoire of benchmarks and games in order to make a comparison between the FX 5800, the GeForce4 Ti4800 and the ATI Radeon 9700 PRO. In addition to the simple standard tests, we've also tested the performance in anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering, as well as a combination of the two.

Our test platform consisted of an ASUS A7N8X Deluxe motherboard (nForce2) and an Athlon XP 2700+ with 512 MB RAM under Windows XP.

Hardware
Test systemAMD Athlon XP 2700+ASUS A7N8X Deluxe (nForce 2)
Memory2 x 256 MB, PC 333 (2/2/2/5)
Drivers & Software
Graphics DriverNVIDIA - v. 42.63ATI - v. 03a (6.14.01.6255)
DirectX Version on system9
OSWindows XP Professional SP1
Benchmarks & Settings
AquanoxRetail Version v1.17
Max PayneRetail Version v1.05
UT 2003 FullRetail Version v2166
Jedi Knight II v1.03Benchmark using 'jk2ffa'
Serious Sam 2Retail Version v1.07(Demo: Valley of the Jaguar)
3D Mark 2001 SEPro Version, Build 330
Comanche 4Demo v1.0.1.18
CodecreaturesPRO Benchmark v1.0.0
PowerVR Villagemarkv1.17
Matrox Sharkmarkv1.0
Spec Viewperfv7