In 99% of all cases, cards using the same chip will offer the same performance, regardless of manufacturer. This stems from the fact that both NVIDIA and ATi are keeping a watchful eye on the manufacturers to ensure that their specifications are being followed. Since all manufacturers also tend to use the same (version of the) reference driver, there are virtually no performance differences between the cards. They only differ in design (color), cooling solution and feature set.
For this reason we have decided to limit our benchmark tests to the reference cards of each of the models. However, if a manufacturer runs its card at a higher or lower speed than normal, we have made a note in the mini-review further down. Since it is possible that the manufacturers sent us models with more overclocking headroom (the "golden samples"), we didn't conduct overclocking tests. To get a representative result, we would have had to test five samples of the same card bought from different stores.
|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||ATI - v. 3.5 (184.108.40.20660)NVIDIA - v44.03|
|DirectX Version on System||9.0a|
|OS||Windows XP Professional SP1|
|Benchmarks & Settings|
|UT 2003 Full||Retail Version v2225Antalus Flyby|
|Quake 3 Team Arena||v1.32Custom TimedemoMap: Overdose|
|Gunemetal||Gunmetal Benchmark v1.20s|
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