|Aquamark 3 comes to us by way of game developer Massive Development. Massive's release of the original Aquanox in 1999 wasn't very well received by the gaming community, but it was one of the first games to implement DX8-class shaders. This led to the creation of Aquamark 2 - a benchmark previously used by many analysts. Because the Aquamark benchmarks are based on an actual game engine, they must support old and new video cards alike. Thus, the latest version of Aquamark, Aquamark 3, utilizes not only DirectX 9-class shaders, but DirectX 8 and DirectX 7, as well. We ran this benchmark at resolutions of 640 x 480 and 800 x 600 with no anti-aliasing enabled.|
This benchmark is very dependant on the Fill Rate and Shader performance of each card's VPU. Though the above results are relatively low, we can see that the S100 (9600SE) clearly stepped over 9250 by an average of about 30%. Specifically looking at the difference between the 9250 and 9200, one can find that the 9250 consistently outperformed its predecessor, though by just a slight margin, by about 2.5%.