The ATi Radeon
9700 Pro Full Release Review
Technologies Overtakes NVIDIA's Flagship GPU
August 19, 2002
Keeping in the DirectX 8.1 vein, we have
Novalogic's fantastic looking Military Chopper Sim, Comanche
4. It's easily one of the best looking flight sims to
date and the latest demo comes with a handy benchmarking
Pentium 4 could only keep up
This test is again, one of those that is
extremely CPU intensive and doesn't strain the graphics
card, until you invoke AA or crank the resolution up.
Once again, we see driver optimizations
holding back the R9700 ever so slightly, at 1024X768.
However, as demand on the graphics pipeline increases with
Anti-Aliasing enabled, we see the Radeon 9700 Pro barely
hiccup, dropping only tenths of frames. The Ti 4600
only takes a 10% performance hit at 1024X768 with 4X AA.
However, let's scale up in resolution and see if that holds
You should see this sim in motion with 4X AA
on a Radeon 9700 Pro. It looks gorgeous and is more
than fluid, even when you are dropping into a "Hot LZ" with
artillery, tanks and other pesky stuff burning up your
backside. Talk about white knuckle flying.... 42.7 fps
is plenty fast for this sim.
As expected, the Radeon 9700
Pro hangs tough but begins to show that even it has
limitations, at 1600X1200. However, taking the system
up to PC1066 RAM and or a 2.53GHz speed, would also gain you
back a few frames per second.
Let's finish things up with a
little under water action, with another DX8 based title,
Aquamark and The Rating!