ATi Radeon 9700Pro Full Release Review

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The ATi Radeon 9700 Pro Full Release Review
ATi Technologies Overtakes NVIDIA's Flagship GPU

By, Dave Altavilla
August 19, 2002


 

Jedi Knight II sure does make the old and tired Quake 3 engine look good with it's additions and enhancements like shader effects.  We'll turn up all the "eye candy" here for not only the best image quality but to put the smack down on our round-up of accelerators, including the Radeon 9700 Pro.

Jedi Knight II Time Demo Testing - 4X AA and 64 Tap Aniso Filtering
Putting the hurt on the graphics pipeline

You'll note we've limited the following few tests to "the big guns", only the top end accelerators from ATi, NVIDIA and Matrox. 

 

Once again here, we see the Radeon 9700 Pro only pull far in the lead when resolution is scaled beyond 1024X768.  At 1280X1024 it enjoys a 59% lead over the GeForce 4 Ti 4600.  Also, note that the Parhelia is utilizing 16X FAA in this test.  As we have seen in the past, the Parhelia is absolutely annihilated when standard 4X multi-sample AA is invoked.  There is no need to run in that mode on a Parhelia, since 16X FAA looks better than 4X AA in our opinion but not better than the R9700's 6X mode.  Finally, note that the R9700Pro only drops 2 frames per second from 1024X768 to 1600X1200 resolution.  In addition, versus our non aniso and AA enabled tests on page 5, it drops only a couple of frames. 

Simply put, Anisotropic Filtering, as we've seen in the Quake 3 and Jedi Knight II tests here, is basically a free-be with the Radoen 9700Pro.  In addition, AA is something that can be left on and run as a default setup.  Until now, you couldn't quite say that with a GeForce 4 based card.  When the action got hot at high res, with 4X AA and Ansio Filtering enabled, frame rates would suffer to the point that it could be a real distraction.  Not so far with the Radeon 9700 Pro.  Turn it up, leave it up and play on with the best looking graphics a game can muster.

3D Mark 2001SE Benchmarks
MadOnion's DX8 Max Payne Driven Gauntlet

Moving right along to Direct X 8 mode, we have some scores from MadOnion's 3DMark 2001SE.

At 1024X768, the Radeon 9700 Pro has a definitive but not earth shattering lead of 16%, versus the GeForce 4 Ti 4600.  Again the Parhelia brings up the rear by a long shot.  However, what is more impressive is that the Radeon 9700 Pro nearly doubles the performance of the GeForce 4 Ti 4600, when 4X AA is enabled.  The Parhelia here once again is running 16X FAA mode and comes within a hair of the NVIDIA card.

As expected, the Radeon 9700 Pro man-handles the competition here as well, in this DirectX 8.1 based benchmark.  In addition, we personally never thought we would see a graphics card break 6K 3DMarks at 1600X1200 with 4X AA. 

Here are the details of our 3DMark 2001SE batch run with the R9700Pro, so you can peruse its polygon pushing splendor.

3DMark 2001SE R9700Pro Batch Run Details
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