Let's continue the OpenGL
testing with another round of Quake 3...this time with
|Quake 3 Arena
More at 32 Bit
Color with AA
Even with all the graphical
options maxed out, Quake 3 remains playable at 1024x768 with
4X AA enabled. Remember to turn on anisotropic
filtering to reduce the blurriness associated with some
types of anti aliasing!
Anisotropic filtering turns this...
this. Big difference isn't it?
mind these screenshots, taken at 1024x768x32 with
Quincunx AA enabled,
are compressed JPEGs.
Actual "in-game" image quality is even better.
There are only so many Quake 3
timedemos a man can run without going crazy. It's time
to move on...
Vulpine simulates an OpenGL
gaming environment using it's own "game" engine, with
highly detailed indoor and outdoor environments. As
expected, we saw similar performance between both cards at
32 Bit Color with
The great thing about running
the Dronez benchmark with the Leadtek WinFast GF3 Ti500 TD, is
that after I was done, I could actually play the game with
the included CD! :)
Dronez is an
OpenGL based title developed by
Zetha Gamez. Dronez uses the advanced shader
capabilities of the GeForce 3. Here is an excerpt of what
features are actually used...
- High polycount
featuring extremely smooth characters, objects and detail
of the environment
- Exploiting of four
texture units for custom lighting effects combined with
multitexturing and custom, glossy bump mapping w/texture
shaders and special effects.
- Use of (a big amount
of) Vertex Programs not only to achieve better performance
on the usual tasks like skinning and animation, but also
to help achieving our unique custom illumination system
- Texture-Shaders for
high quality per-pixel, per-light bump-mapping
There is also an optimized
software only pipeline for older video boards that don't
have the same shader capabilities as the GeForce 3. We
ran though a round of benchmarks at 32-Bot color using the
"GeForce 3 Bump" settings...
Once again, we see identical
performance between the Leadtek board and NVIDIA's reference
card. Notice that even with a more "advanced" title
like Dronez the game remains playable all the way through
WinFast GeForce 3 Ti500 TD is a top notch product, with a top
notch bundle. At a time when differentiating your
product from the masses is next to impossible, Leadtek
succeeds on all fronts. Although the underlying board
is similar to all other GeForce 3 Ti500s, the enhanced
cooling makes the WinFast Ti500 TD physically unique.
When you open the package and find two full version games, a
quality software DVD decoder, a suite of "custom" utilities
along with all of the cables and adapters necessary to take
full advantage of your card's extra features, you'll know
you purchased a board from a company who put a lot of
thought into their product. We thoroughly enjoyed our
experience working with the Leadtek WinFast GeForce 3 Ti500
and would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone looking for
a high performance gaming card. It's not cheap (it can
be found for approximately $310 on Pricewatch), but you
certainly get what you pay for. We give the Leadtek
WinFast GeForce 3 Ti500 TD a HotHardware Heat Meter Rating
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