NVIDIA supplied us with the brand new DetonatorXP driver rev. 21.85, which we used for all cards in this test. NVIDIA's reviewer's guide tried to convince us that WindowsXP would be most excellent for testing, but we don't see why we should fall for the XP-hype just yet. NVIDIA suggested using only high resolutions, true color and a lot of anti-aliasing, which we agreed to. To ensure optimal conditions for each card, we chose a Pentium 4 2 GHz in an i850 board as our test platform. We would like to remind you though, that processor and platform performance has very little impact on the 3D-scores at the high resolutions that we tested, because the graphics card, and in particular the graphics memory, is the actual bottleneck.
Make no mistake , we are testing the fastest 3D cards out there right now. GeForce3 Ti500 should reach new 3D performance heights, while GeForce3 Ti200 might be somewhat slower than the 'old' GeForce3', and GeForce2 Ti should also be beaten by the previous GeForce2 Ultra. We refrained from testing NVIDIA's new cards against the upcoming ATi Radeon 7500 or 8500 just yet, since both cards are not yet available and haven't quite reached their final status.
|Processor||Intel Pentium 4 2 GHz, Socket423|
|Motherboard||Asus P4T, BIOS 1005|
|Memory||256 MB Infineon PC800 RDRAM|
|Network Card||3Com 3C905B-TX, 100 Mbit|
|Hard Drive||IBM DTLA-307030, ATA100, 7200 RPM|
|NVIDIA Video Card Driver||DetonatorXP, rev. 21.85|
|Monitor Refresh Rates||85 Hz at all resolutions|
|FSAA Setting GeForce2 Cards||2x FSAA|
|FSAA Setting GeForce3 Cards||Quincunx FSAA|