Serious Sam SE Testing
OpenGL With Lots Of Texture
For our next
set of tests, we used Croteam's Serious Sam: The Second Encounter.
We configured the game to use OpenGL and ran some
Beyond 3D's Max Quality scripts to level the playing
field. We ran the tests at 1024x768 and again at
take a look.
Radeon 9200 video card manages to outpace the GFFX5200
without antialiasing involved. Once again, however,
we see that the GFFX5200 card takes the lead when
antialiasing is throw into the equation. Something
worth mentioning about this fact is we feel NVIDIA has
opted for maximum performance at the
sacrifice of some image quality. In both 2D
and 3D environments, we felt that the Sapphire card had a slightly better visual
appeal to it than its competitor the GFFX5200.
Ultimately, visual quality is in the eye of the beholder
so its up to you to be the judge and decide which card you
Quake 3 Arena Time Demos
OpenGL and Plenty Old
The immortal Quake 3 steps up
to the plate for the next round of testing. The GFFX5200
manages to outpace the Radeon 9200 even at standard
settings this time around. Although the performance
gains are minimal, they are gains nonetheless.
Once again we do not have any scores from
the Radeon 9200 above a resolution of 1024x768 with 4X AA enabled.
We don't want to beat this point to death, but at a 1280x1024
resolution the GFFX5200 outpaces the Radeon 9200 yet again.
On a different note, both of these cards manage a very
playable frame rate with AA disabled.
Although some may feel Quake 3 is a bit outdated, it is nice
to see a "low-end" graphics card perform at such
acceptable levels at this resolution. One last
game is in the works for you, Epic's Unreal Tournament
2003. Let's put these cards through a round of UT2K3
benchmarks and then wrap up this review.
Next Up - Unreal
Tournament 2003 and The Wrap-Up