Professional Affair: OpenGL Graphics Cards Compete

Test Procedure

We used synthetic and application benchmarks for the performance evaluation of the cards. For the monitor resolution and color depth we followed the recommendations of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation, short SPEC .

We tested all cards under Windows NT 4.0, Service Pack 6a with a resolution of 1280x1024 and True Color. Exemption: Because of the driver problems with the Gloria II, we ran 3D Studio Max with the special Elsa MAXTREME driver; all other tests were done with Nvidia's Detonator reference driver 5.13.

Synthetic Benchmarks

For the synthetic benchmarks we used SPECopc SPECviewperf 6.1.1 , Glaze and Fogcity .

Application Benchmarks

Real world benchmarks that run real software programs are an important criterion. We chose the SPECapc Solidworks 99 Benchmark and the R3-Benchmark-Suite for 3D Studio Max 3.1.

Uwe Scheffel