Best API Selected
With each of the cards running their favorite API the Voodoo3 3500 simply kicks booty at the lower resolutions 640x480x16 and 1024x768x16 using the Glide API. The G400MAX and TNT2 run a close race with the TNT2 in the lead at 640x480x16 and the G400MAX scoring the best at 1600x1200x16.
There's no doubt about it! A person can't go wrong using the KryoTech Cool AMD Athlon 800 MHz processor with any of the tested video boards. Each of the tested video boards did quite well across the tested suite of game apps. I was surprised to see that the G400MAX's performance wasn't leading the pack with the faster Athlon processor. Even though Matrox did some fine work increasing their OpenGL performance by some 25%, they still need to squeeze out some more to stay competitive using OpenGL based game applications. Knowing that the next generation 3D chips will incorporate highly efficient geometry engines, it will be interesting to see if a high speed Athlon offers any benefit when using a 3D chip that incorporates on-board geometry setup.