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The Gigabyte GV-R98P128D
Powered by the ATi Radeon 9800 Pro

By - Marco Chiappetta
July 17, 2003

For our next DirectX test, we used Epic's visually impressive Unreal Tournament 2003.  When testing with UT2003, we use a special utility that ensures all of the cards are being benchmarked using the exact same in-game settings and "High-Quality" graphical options.

Performances Comparisons With UT:2003
Head Shot!

The Radeon 9800 Pros also performed very well in Unreal Tournament 2003.  At both resolutions, with and without AA and Aniso enabled, the Radeon 9800 Pros surpassed all of the cards in every test but one.  At 1024x768, with 4XAA and 8X Aniso enabled, the GeForce FX 5900 pulled ahead but it couldn't hold onto the lead anywhere else.  When we raised the resolution, however, the Radeon 9800 Pros took over.  The Gigabyte card enjoyed its largest advantage of 46%, at 1600x1200 when 6XAA was enabled.

Benchmarks / Comparison With Quake 3 Arena v1.32
Doom3, Doom3...Where For Art Thou Doom3?

Well, that's enough DirectX testing for one review.  How about we move on to some OpenGL tests with the benchmark that never dies, Quake 3 Arena?  We installed the latest point release, v1.32, and ran some tests using the built-in timedemo, "demo four".  Before running these tests, we set Quake 3 to the "High Quality" graphics option with Tri-Linear filtering enabled, and then we maxed out the texture quality and geometric detail.

At 1024x768, without AA and again with 4XAA enabled, the GeForce FX 5900 held onto small leads, but the scales tipped in favor of the Radeon 9800 Pros when AA and Anisotropic filtering were enabled simultaneously.  It's almost the same story at 1600x1200 where the Radeon 9800 Pros surpassed the competition at every configuration, except for the 4X AA test when the 5900 racked up a victory.  The Radeon 9600 Pro also performed well in this test, especially at 1024x768.  It even managed playable frame rates at 1600x1200.  Who says you need to spend a fortune to enjoy gaming at high resolutions? :)

Some Serious Sam, Overclocking & The Conclusion... 

Tags:  Radeon, Gigabyte, P128, 8P, 980, pro, VR, R9

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