Radeon 9700 Pro Battle Tyan vs Gigabyte

Radeon 9700 Pro Battle Tyan vs Gigabyte - Page 5

The Gigabyte Maya II R9700 Pro
The Tyan Tachyon G9700 Pro
Two Full Featured Radeon 9700 Pros Go Head to Head...

By - Marco Chiappetta
January 5, 2003


Serious Sam: The Second Encounter
OpenGL Testing
We continued our OpenGL testing with some tests using Croteam's Serious Sam: The Second Encounter.  We configured the game to use OpenGL and ran the "Little Trouble" time demo using the "Extreme Quality" script, created by the folks at Beyond3D, to max out the texture and filtering quality, and to be sure all of the cards tested were using the exact same in-game options.

At 1024x768 and at 1280x1024, the GeForce 4 Ti4600 actually managed to surpass both of the RADEON 9700 Pros when Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic filtering was disabled.  Once we enabled AA and Aniso though, the GeForce 4 simply could not keep up with the RADEONs.  With 4X AA enabled the Tachyon G9700 and Maya II were about twice as fast as the GF4.  When AA and Aniso were enabled however, the GF4 put up a much stronger fight, remaining within a few frames per second. 

Quake 3 Arena v1.32
Running Out of Steam

For our next batch of OpenGL benchmarks we updated Quake 3 Arena with the most recent v1.32 Point Release, and ran timedemo "Four".  Quake 3 has definitely lost some of it's worthiness as a video card benchmark, but it is still useful for demonstrating the relative performance of one product versus another.  We set the game to its "High Quality" mode, enabled Trilinear filtering and maxed out the texture quality and geometry sliders before running any tests...

Without any Anti-Aliasing or Anisotropic filtering, the GeForce 4 Ti4600 held its ground, and outpaced both the Tachyon G9700 and Maya II at 1024x768, but from then on the story was much different.  The RADEONs outperformed the GF4 by over 60% at 1024x768 when 4X AA was enabled, and by about 120% at 1600x1200 when AA and Aniso were enabled.  In the Quake 3 tests, the Gigabyte Maya II nudged slightly ahead of the Tachyon G9700, but again, because they are clocked at exactly the same levels, the performance difference was negligible.

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Tags:  Radeon, Gigabyte, ATT, pro

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