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The 256MB ATi Radeon 9800 Pro
It's Here!  But What Does the Extra Memory Mean to Gamers?

By - Marco Chiappetta
May 12, 2003

Next up, we have some more DirectX benchmarking with one of the most visually impressive games currently available, Epic's Unreal Tournament 2003.  At the time if its release, UT 2003's graphics were definitely a cut above the rest.  Couple this imagery with quality enhancing features like AA and Anisotropic filtering and UT 2003 can slow just about any video card currently available to a crawl.  To test with UT 2003, we used a special utility to ensure all of the cards were benchmarked with the exact same in-game settings and "High-Quality" graphical options.

Performances Comparisons With UT:2003
Head Shot!

The 256MB Radeon 9800 Pro beat every other card, in every configuration except for one.  At 1600x1200 without Antialiasing or Anisotropic Filtering enabled, the GeForce FX 5800 Ultra managed to nudge past the Radeons, but that was it.  The 256MB Radeon 9800 Pro showed it's largest lead over the 128MB model at 1600x1200 when 6X AA was enabled, where it posted a 9.7% higher frame rate.  In most of the other configurations, the 256MB Radeon 9800 Pro's performance was about 3% - 5% higher.

Benchmarks / Comparison With Quake 3 Arena v1.32
I Cannot Wait For Doom III...Q3 Needs To Be Retired...

With our DirectX testing complete, we moved onto some OpenGL benchmarking with the venerable Quake 3 Arena.  We installed the latest point release, v1.32, and ran some tests using the game's built-in timedemo feature with "demo four".  Before running these tests, we set Quake 3 to the "High Quality" graphics option, then we enabled Tri-Linear filtering and maxed out the texture quality and geometric detail sliders...

Without Antialiasing or Anisotropic Filtering enabled, the GeForce FX 5800 Ultra led the pack, but when we enabled these features the Radeons took over.  Once again the 256MB Radeon 9800 Pro outperformed all of the other cards, with the closest competition coming from the 128MB Radeon 9800 Pro.  The 256MB card held onto its largest leads in the 1600x1200 tests with AA and Aniso enabled.  In these configurations, the 256MB Radeon 9800 Pro was about 5% faster than the 128MB 9800 Pro across the board.  Obviously, Its lead over the other cards was even greater.  At 1024x768 with AA and Aniso enabled, the 256MB Radeon was only about 3% faster than the other cards. 

Some Serious Sam, Overclocking & The Conclusion... 

Tags:  ATI, Radeon, 980, pro

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