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ATi's All-In-Wonder 9600 Pro Unveiled (PT2)
ATi Releases Their Best All-In-Wonder Yet

By: Jeff Bouton
October 6th, 2003


Performances Comparisons With UT:2003
Getting Unreal

To continue our DirectX assault, we used the popular Unreal Tournament 2003 benchmark.  To keep things fair, we used a utility that configures the test as to ensure a level playing field with all video cards used.  Like the previous round of tests, we ran at 1024x768 and 1600x1200 increasing the Anti Aliasing and Anisotropic filtering along the way.


The trend continued with Unreal, with the All-In-Wonder Radeon 9600 Pro topping the list.  The Radeon 9600 Pro maintained a close second with the FX 5600 bringing up the rear.  At 1024x768, the ATi cards were far more efficient handling the added quality in the drivers, easily capable of exceeding the 60FPS threshold to consider a game to be playable, even with 6X enabled.  The GeForce card just made the grade with 4XAA enabled.


At the higher resolution, the three cards results evened out some, especially with 4XAA enabled.  While the GeForce card dropped approximately 23 points, the ATi cards lost over 37 points on average.


Benchmarks / Comparison With Wolfenstein
Bring It On!

Our final test will focus on more OpenGL performance.  Wolfenstein is an OpenGL based game based on the Quake 3 engine and is a worthy, more current alternative to the older Quake 3 benchmark. 

With OpenGL performance, the GeForce based video card had its advantages.  Each card performed well with No AA, however, when we enabled 4X AA, the ATi cards took a greater hit to performance than the GeForce FX model.  Both Radeon cards dipped close to 45% while the FX 5600 lost closer to 27%.  Once we enabled 6X AA, the GeForce card was taken out of the mix because we were unable to complete that test.  With 4XAA and Aniso enabled, the FX card regained its lead.  We're curious if this reversal in performance will carry through to the 1600x1200 tests.

More Wolfenstein & The Conclusion... 

Tags:  ATI, Radeon, pro

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