GeForce3 Ti 500 and nVidia's Fall Lineup...New Hardware & Software

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The GeForce3 Ti 500 and nVidia's Fall Lineup...New Hardware & Software
Enter the Detonator XPs and Titanium

By - Marco Chiappetta
Edited By:  Dave Altavilla
October 1, 2001 

Next, we move onto a more "taxing" OpenGL Benchmark, Dronez.

Benchmarks / Comparisons
Wild Stuff...
The Dronez OpenGL Benchmark, developed by Zetha Gamez, uses the advanced shader capabilities built into the GeForce 3. There are many high poly count models and objects in a highly detailed environment. This test also exploits the four texture units for custom lighting effects, combined with multi-texturing and custom glossy bump mapping with texture shaders and special effects. Through the use of a large amount of Vertex Programs, Zetha achieves better performance on tasks like skinning and animation.

Let's find out what the optimizations in the Detonator XP drivers, coupled with the increased clock speeds of the GeForce 3 Ti 500, can do in this test.


The increased core and memory clock speeds of the GeForce 3 Ti 500 do have a measurable impact on performance in this test.  At every resolution, the Ti 500 was approximately 10 FPS faster than a standard GeForce 3 (a 10-12% increase). 

When running the OpenGL based Dronez benchmark under Windows Millennium, we see slightly different results than we found with the 3D Mark 2001 Direct3D tests.  Here, at all but he lowest resolution (800x600), Dronez performed much better when using Windows XP.  We feel gamers using nVidia based graphics cards contemplating a switch to Windows XP need not worry.  nVidia's claim that their software engineers worked closely with Microsoft to optimize the Detonator XP drivers, appears to be true.  Although Direct3D testing showed slightly lower performance, the OpenGL performance seems to be a bit higher.  in the case of Dronez, about 10% higher.

There is no denying that nVidia has once again delivered a group of top-notch products.  Although there have been some refinements to the hardware, the real innovation here lies within the Detonator XP driver package.  nVidia's driver team has managed to elicit even more performance from their hardware under both Direct3D and OpenGL, while incorporating optimizations to accelerate the new features in Windows XP.  These software innovations coupled with the "tweaked" GeForce 2 & 3 GPUs, comprises nVidia's new Titanium line of graphics processors.  Looking at the performance of their flagship product, the GeForce 3 Ti 500, enthusiasts will surely be anticipating their arrival on retail shelves.  Although we have not fully tested the other cards in the Titanium lineup, we're sure they'll be leaders in their respective markets as well.  Until we have tested "retail" versions of these cards, we'll hold off of the Heat Meter rating.  For now, take our word that nVidia is preparing to deliver more power and performance with "Titanium".


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