AquaMark is a
benchmark demo / utility derived
from the upcoming game AquaNox, being produced by
Massive Development and Fishtank.
AquaMark is powered by the Krass Engine, and makes use
of the pixel shaders available in DirectX 8.
The Pixel shader was
disabled when testing on the GeForce 2 Ultra
(because it does not support it in hardware), but
enabled on the GeForce 3. As you can see, at
almost every resolution, the GeForce 3 was
approximately twice as fast.
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To give you an idea of
the graphic effects visible in AquaNox, we've
included the above screenshot. All the
action takes place under water with high-poly
models and approximately 24MB of textures!
isn't the only ballgame though. OpenGL
development is still very strong, even with all
the advances Microsoft has made with DirectX.
Again we've benchmarked using some games that are
available today (Serious Sam, MDK2, Quake 3) and
one that won't be available for some time (Dronez).
First up, let's take a
look at Serious Sam...
Serious Sam has heavy
fillrate requirements, especially in the "Co Op
Party 4" demo we ran. You won't see any
triple digit framerates, but the GeForce 3 does
run this game faster than any other card currently
and The Rating