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Leadtek WinFast A300 Ultra TD MyVIVO
A "Friendly" GeForceFX 5800 Ultra...

By - Marco Chiappetta
April 25, 2003

We continued our DirectX testing with what is arguably the "best looking" game available today, Epic's Unreal Tournament 2003.  UT 2003's graphics definitely raised the bar when it was released.  With image quality enhancing features like AA and Anisotropic filtering enabled, UT 2003 can bring just about any video card currently available to its knees.  For this test, we used a special utility to ensure all of the cards were benchmarked using the exact same in-game settings and "High-Quality" graphical options.  Here's what we found...

Performances Comparisons With UT:2003
Some of the most advanced visuals to date

Without any Antialiasing or Anisotropic filtering, the Leadtek A300 Ultra TD performed very well, and even managed to overtake the Radeon 9800 Pro at 1600x1200.  Once we enabled AA though, the GeForce FX 5800 Ultra's performance dropped off sharply and both the Radeon 9800 and 9700 Pros crushed it.  In fact, at 1024x768 with 6X AA enabled, the Radeon 9800 Pro outperformed the A300 Ultra by 86%!  Ouch.  Last year's darling, the GeForce 4 Ti 4600 took a pounding by the hands of the newer cards as well, but it still pulled off a very respectable 62.1 FPS at 1600x1200.

Benchmarks / Comparison With Quake 3 Arena v1.32
I have watched so many Q3 Timedemos, I'm seeing them in my sleep...

That's enough DirectX testing for one sitting, what do you say we move on to some OpenGL action with the Granddaddy of all benchmarks, 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...

My, my how things have changed! :)  As expected, all of the cards performed very well in these tests.  With the exception of the GeForce 4 Ti4600, all of the cards posted playable frame rates at both resolutions, regardless of whether or not AA and Aniso filtering were enabled.  At default settings, the Leadtek A300 Ultra TD outpaced the competition, but once AA and Aniso were enabled the Radeons took over.  At 1024x768 with AA and Aniso enabled, the Radeon 9800 Pro pulled ahead of the A300 Ultra by about 10%.  The lead grew to about 20% when we raised the resolution to 1600x1200 with the same settings.

Serious Sam, Some Overclocking & The Conclusion... 

Tags:  Win, Ultra, leadtek, fast, DT, ULT, EA, K

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