HIS X850XT IceQII Turbo and Platinum Series VIVO 256MB AGP
Performance Comparisons With 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.|
There was little variation in results with either X850XT, regardless of resolution. With each go-around, the Platinum Edition held onto the slightest of leads over the Turbo model. The V9999 kept things close at 1024x768 but suffered some at 1600x1200, especially with the 4XAA/8X Aniso test.