HIS X850XT IceQII Turbo and Platinum Series VIVO 256MB AGP

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Performance Comparisons With Final Fantasy XI 3 & 3DMark05

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Not all are created equal...

Athlon 64 3200+ @ 2GHz
Epox 8KDA3+ Motherboard
NFORCE3 250Gb Chipset
Kingston HyperX PC3500 -512MB
HIS X850XT Platinum Edition IceQII VIVO 256MB AGP
ASUS V9999 GeForce 6800 Gamer Edition

On-Board 10/100/1000 Ethernet
On-Board Audio
WD 80GB Hard Drive
Windows XP Pro SP2
ATi Catalyst 5.5

ForceWare 71.89

NOTE:  When benchmarking the HIS X850XT IceQII Turbo VIVO 256MB AGP and HIS X850XT Platinum Edition IceQII VIVO 256MB AGP, we focused on both card's stock speeds.  Surely, we could have benchmark the Turbo in Turbo mode, but that seemed a bit redundant to us.  Since it's clear these two cards are both the same aside from the BIOS, it just didn't make sense to clock the Turbo up to the Platinum speeds and run duplicate numbers.  In the end, though, we did test each card for its peak overclocking potential.

Performance Comparisons With Final Fantasy XI Benchmark 3
A Classic Console Franchise On The PC

Final Fantasy XI
The Final Fantasy franchise is well known to console gamers, but Squaresoft has since made the jump to the PC with a MMORPG version of this classic. The Final Fantasy XI benchmark 3 runs through multiple scenes from the game and displays a final score every time a full cycle of the demo is completed. Although the demo is meant the check an entire system's readiness to play the game, the number of frames rendered scales when different video cards are used. Lower scores indicate some frames were dropped to complete the demo in the allotted time. The scores below were taken with the demo set to its "High Resolution" option (1024x768), with anti-aliasing disabled.

When comparing the two X850XT's there was no major difference in performance with the Final Fantasy test.  The Platinum Edition held a 64 point advantage over the Turbo model at stock speed.  The ASUS V9999 took third position, dropping a minimum of 620 points behind the next fastest card, the Turbo edition X850XT.

Performance Comparisons With 3DMark05
Futuremark's Latest - The Jury is Still Out...

3DMark05 is the latest installment in a long line of synthetic 3D graphics benchmarks, dating back to late 1998.  3DMark99 came out in October of 1998 and was followed by the very popular DirectX 7 benchmark, 3DMark2000, roughly two years later.  The DirectX 8.1-compliant 3DMark2001 was released shortly thereafter, and it too was a very popular tool used by many hardcore gamers.  3DMark03, however, wasn't quite as well received thanks in no small part to the disapproval of graphics giant NVIDIA.  With 3DMark05, though, Futuremark hopes to win back some of its audience with a very advanced DirectX 9 benchmarking tool.  We ran 3DMark05's default test (1,024 x 768) on all of the cards we tested and have the overall results for you posted below...

3DMark05 yielded a broader variance between the two X850XT's.  Here, the variations were 283 3DMarks in favor of the Platinum Edition.  The 12-Pipeline V9999 dropped just above 4000 3DMarks, running roughly 45% slower than the ATI based cards.

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