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Sapphire Technology Radeon 9700 Atlantis Pro
A newcomer brings The Radeon 9700 To Market

By -Dave Altavilla
October 14, 2002

Keeping in the Direct X 8 vein, we performed some additional benchmarking with MadOnion's 3DMark 2001SE.  This is thought to be a "synthetic" benchmark and from some perspectives it is.  However, it does utilize a real game engine for testing features and frame rates, that being the MaxFX Engine from Remedy Entertainment.  This is the same game engine that is behind Remedy's Max Payne game title.

MadOnion 3DMark 2001SE
Direct X 8 Gaming Performance With Remedy's MaxFX Engine
 

Here the Sapphire Radeon 9700 Pro has about a 1,000 3DMark lead over the GeForce4 Ti 4600, when Anti-Aliasing is not turned on.  However, turn on the eye candy, and the gap widens for the R300 powered Sapphire card.  Again, with AA enabled, at modest or high resolutions, the Radeon 9700 still offers about twice the performance of a GeForce 4, regardless of new driver optimizations.

Comanche 4 - DirectX 8.1 Performance
What next generation flights sims should look like

Alright, I'll admit it, I am an avid Flight Sim fan.  Furthermore, I specifically own just about every Flight or Chopper Sim Novalogic has ever released, since the original Comanche with the then ground breaking "Voxel Engine".  Well, just about everything has changed since then and, with DirectX 8 driven effects, Comanche never looked so good .  The company even released a benchmark utility for the game and we have results with that for you as well.

We've grown very accustomed to using Comanche 4 as a CPU benchmark, around the HotHardware Labs, as of late.  As you can see, having the power of the Radeon 9700 Atlantis Pro under the hood doesn't buy you much with this game, even at high resolutions.  You'll need a fast CPU to achieve acceptable frame rates with all detailed turned up to high, period.  Also as you'll note, the Radeon 9700 Pro based Sapphire card barely drops a frame going from 1280X1024 to 1600X1200, in this test.

On the other hand, turn on 4X AA and 64 Tap Aniso Filtering and both cards take a sizable hit in performance at these resolutions.  We wanted to show you the breaking point of the Radeon 9700 Pro here and as you can see with 4X AA, it's 1600X1200.  At 1280X1024, the card still holds decent playable frame rates for this game, even when the action is heavy.  Just for the record, dropping down to 1024X768 with 4X AA and Aniso on, with the Radeon 9700 Atlantis Pro, gets you back into the low 40s.

Aquamark and Serious Sam

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