Gainward GeForce4 PowerPack! Ultra/750XP TV/VIVO Golden Sample!

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The Gainward GF4 PowerPack! Ultra/750XP Golden Sample!
An Awesome Card With an Insane Bundle...

By - Marco Chiappetta
June 20, 2002

With Quake 3 still set to the "High Quality" graphics setting, we enabled AA and tested the cards again at the same resolutions.  We also ran some tests with Anisotropic filtering enabled. 

OpenGL Benchmarks with Quake 3 with AA
More GL Torture


The performance difference between the two cards was even greater with Anti-Aliasing enabled.  At every resolution, the Gainward Ultra 750 / XP smoked the Radeon 8500LE.  Seeing playable framerates at 1600x1200 with 2X AA enabled, with the GF4 Ti 4600 still makes me little giddy! :)

With 4X AA enabled the Gainward card doubles the performance level of the Radeon at both resolutions.  Neither card was able to utilize 4X AA at 1600x1200, which is why it is not represented in the graph above.

OpenGL Benchmarks with Quake 3 and Anisotropic Filtering
Aniso Goodness!

So far, the Radeon 8500LE hasn't put up too much of a fight.  With Anisotropic filtering enabled in Quake 3, the benchmark scores seemed to flip-flop in favor of the Radeon.  There is a good reason for this though, read this page for a detailed explanation as to why ATi cards outperform NVIDIA cards when Anisotropic filtering is enabled.

First, we enabled 32-Tap Anisotropic filtering in each card's drivers (8X in ATi's drivers, 4X in NVIDIA's).  The Gainward Ultra 750 / XP's performance nosedived when Anisotropic filtering was enabled.  The Radeon slowed slightly, but the performance hit wasn't nearly as significant.  The Gainward card lost about 73FPS at 1024x768, while the Radeon only dropped about 4FPS!

If we increased the quality even further by enabling 64-Tap Anisotropic filtering (16X in ATi's drivers, 8X in NVIDIA's), the Radeon 8500LE was again able to outperform Gainward GF4 Ti 4600 at every resolution.  NVIDIA has promised major performance improvements when using Anisotropic Filtering in future revisions of their drivers.  Hopefully they'll deliver soon.

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