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The Asus Radeon 9x00 XTs
A Close-Up Look at Asus' First ATi Powered Video Cards

By, Marco Chiappetta
November 25, 2003

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


Final Fantasy XI

Final Fantasy is a title that is well known to console gamers, but it appears that Squaresoft is ready to make the jump to the PC, with a MMORPG version of the classic. The demo version comes bundled with a benchmark, which displays a final score every time a full cycle is completed.  Although the demo is meant the check an entire system's readiness to play the game, the number of frames rendered in the demo scales well with different video cards installed.  Lower scores indicated 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. 

Like the UT2003 tests, the Final Fantasy XI results were mixed.  At the high-end, the Asus Radeon 9800 XT beat the 5950 Ultra by a margin of about 5%.  The 9600 XT, however, couldn't quite catch the 5700 Ultra.  The GeForce FX 5700 Ultra outran the Asus Radeon 9600 XT by 260 frames in this test, or roughly 5.7%.

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


Gun Metal

We continued our testing with the 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. In fact, this game is included with both of these Asus Radeon XTs!  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 cannot be disabled.  We ran this test at 1024x768 and again at 1280x1024.

NVIDIA DX9 parts have traditionally performed very well in the Gun Metal benchmark, and they didn't disappoint here.  At both resolutions, the GeForce FX 5950 Ultra led the pack, but the Asus Radeon 9800 XT was nipping at its heals the whole time.  For all intents and purposes their performance was identical.  The GeForce FX 5700 Ultra on the other hand, looked very strong versus the 9600 XT.  At 1024x768 and at 1280x1024, the 5700 Ultra pulled ahead of the 9600 XT by a hefty 24%.

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