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The Asus V9950 Ultra - GeForce FX 5900 Ultra
The First Single-Slot Ultra to Hit Our Lab...

By - Marco Chiappetta
September 9, 2003

We continued our DirectX benchmarking with Unreal Tournament 2003.  When testing with UT2K3, we use a special utility that is supposed to ensure all of the cards are being tested with the exact same in-game settings and "High-Quality" graphical options.  Unfortunately, the validity of the GeForce FX's scores have been called into question because the texture filtering level changes to something between trilinear and bilinear when Anisotropic filtering is enabled (click here for more detailed information on this topic).  We're told future driver updates should solve this problem and allow true trilinear filtering, but this hasn't happened yet.  Until it does, take these results with a grain of salt.

Performances Comparisons With UT:2003
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At 1024x768 the V9950 Ultra couldn't catch the Radeon 9800 Pro until 4X anti-aliasing and 8X aniso were simultaneously enabled.  All of the cards performed similarly in most tests, except for the ones where we enabled 6X AA.  With 6X AA enabled, the Radeon 9800 Pro took a commanding lead.  With the resolution set to 1600x1200, the V9950 Ultra pulled ahead of the competition without AA, with 4X AA and with AA and Aniso enabled together, but the Radeon once again jumped way ahead with 6X AA enabled.

Benchmarks / Comparison With Quake 3 Arena v1.32
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That's enough DirectX testing for one review.  Let's move on to some OpenGL testing with the venerable Quake 3 Arena.  We installed the latest point release (v1.32) and ran some tests using the built-in time demo "four".  Before running these tests, we set Quake 3 to the "High Quality" graphics option with Tri-Linear filtering enabled, and then we maxed out the texture quality and geometric detail.

The NVIDIA powered cards don't support 6X anti-aliasing in OpenGL applications, which is why you'll notice "N/A"s listed in our graphs for this, and the next set of tests.  The V9950 Ultra led the pack in all but one configuration in the Quake 3 Arena tests.  At 1024x768 with AA and Aniso enabled, the Radeon 9800 Pro outpaced the 5900s by about 10%.  In every other test though, the V9950 Ultra was the top performer; sometimes by a margin approaching 20%.

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Tags:  Asus, GeForce, Ultra, force, fx, ULT

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