Gigabyte's GV-RX80256D X800 Turbo Silent Pipe Video Card

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Performance Comparisons With Aquamark 3

Performance Comparisons With Aquamark 3
DX8 and DX9 Shaders

Aquamark 3
Aquamark 3 comes to us by way of Massive Development. Massive's release of the original Aquanox in 1999 wasn't very well received by the gaming community, but it was one of the first games to implement DX8 class shaders, which led to the creation of Aquamark 2 - a benchmark previously used by many analysts. Since the Aquamark benchmarks are based on an actual game engine, they must support old and new video cards alike. Thus, the latest version of Aquamark, Aquamark 3, utilizes not only DirectX 9 class shaders, but DirectX 8 and DirectX 7 as well. We ran this benchmark at resolutions of 1024x768 and 1600x1200 with no anti-aliasing followed by 4X AA and 8X anisotropic filtering.

AquaMark is the first of the remaining tests where we worked anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering into the equation.  In the first round, with 4X AA and 8X Aniso enabled, the GV-RX80256D X800 was able to equal the X700 Pros results with no AA or Anistropic Filtering applied, while besting them by 7 FPS with the same settings.  At 1600X1200, the trend continued, with the GV-RX80256D X800 topping both cards by an average of 12 FPS across the board.

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