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By, Marco Chiappetta
February 25, 2004

Performances Comparisons With Final Fantasy XI Benchmark 2 v1.01
Chocobos on the PC


Final Fantasy XI

The Final Fantasy franchise is well known to console gamers, but Squaresoft has since made the jump to the PC with a MMORPG version of this classic. The Final Fantasy XI benchmark runs through multiple scenes from the game and displays a final score every time a full cycle of the demo is completed. Although the demo is meant the check an entire system's readiness to play the game, the number of frames rendered scales with different video cards installed. Lower scores indicate some frames were dropped to complete the demo in the allotted time. The scores below were taken with the demo set to "High Resolution" (1024x768), with anti-aliasing disabled.

The Radeons scored another victory in the Final Fantasy benchmark, with the Abit Radeon 9800 XT surpassing the GeForce FX 5950 Ultra by 214 points, or roughly 3.9%. The 256MB Radeon 9800 Pro also outran the 5950 Ultra here, but its 119 point (2.1%) margin of victory was much smaller.  All of the cards tested should have no trouble running this game, however.  Some mid-range cards post scores about 50% lower than these, and still maintain smooth, playable frame rates in this benchmark.

Benchmarks / Comparison With Gun Metal
Transformers? Thexder? or is it Gun Metal?


Gun Metal

We continued our testing with the pseudo-DX9 based Gun Metal benchmark developed by Yeti Studios. This benchmark, like all of the others used in this review, is based on an actual game engine. Gun Metal uses Vertex Shader 2.0 and Pixel Shader 1.1 ops in the creation of the game world. This test is heavily GPU limited, and because Yeti's intent was to stress all modern 3D accelerators, anti-aliasing (2X) and Anisotropic filtering are enabled by default, and can't be disabled. We ran this test at 1024x768 and then again at 1280x1024.

Abit's Radeon 9800 XT performed well in the Gun Metal tests, where it nudged past the GeForce FX 5950 Ultra at 1024x768, albeit by a very slim .83 frame per second margin.  At 1280x1024 though, the GeForce FX came out on top, but it too only pulled ahead by the tiniest of margins.  It's interesting to note that scores in the Gun Metal benchmark have changed significantly over time.  ATi powered cards have gotten faster with each new driver release, but NVIDIA's cards have lost some performance.

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Tags:  Radeon, Abit, 980, XT

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