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.
|Test system||AMD Athlon XP 2700+ASUS A7N8X Deluxe (nForce 2)|
|Memory||2 x 256 MB, PC 333 (2/2/2/5)|
|Drivers & Software|
|Graphics Driver||NVIDIA - v. 42.63ATI - v. 03a (6.14.01.6255)|
|DirectX Version on system||9|
|OS||Windows XP Professional SP1|
|Benchmarks & Settings|
|Aquanox||Retail Version v1.17|
|Max Payne||Retail Version v1.05|
|UT 2003 Full||Retail Version v2166|
|Jedi Knight II v1.03||Benchmark using 'jk2ffa'|
|Serious Sam 2||Retail Version v1.07(Demo: Valley of the Jaguar)|
|3D Mark 2001 SE||Pro Version, Build 330|
|Comanche 4||Demo v220.127.116.11|
|Codecreatures||PRO Benchmark v1.0.0|