Sapphire Toxic Radeon X700 Pro 128

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Benchmarks with Final Fantasy XI & 3DMark05

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Not all are created equal...

Socket T - Pentium 4 530 (3GHz)
A Foxconn 925XE7AA-8EKRS2 Motherboard
I925XE Chipset
Sapphire Toxic Radeon X700 Pro 128
HIS X700 Pro IceQ Turbo VIVO 256MB
Radeon X600 XT
On-Board 10/100/1000 Ethernet
On-Board Audio
WD 30GB Hard Drive
Windows XP Pro SP2
ATi Catalyst 5.2

Performances Comparisons With Final Fantasy XI Benchmark 3
A Classic Console Franchise On The PC

Final Fantasy XI
The Final Fantasy franchise is well known to console gamers, but Squaresoft has since made the jump to the PC with a MMORPG version of this classic. The Final Fantasy XI benchmark 3 runs through multiple scenes from the game and displays a final score every time a full cycle of the demo is completed. Although the demo is meant the check an entire system's readiness to play the game, the number of frames rendered scales when different video cards are used. Lower scores indicate some frames were dropped to complete the demo in the allotted time. The scores below were taken with the demo set to its "High Resolution" option (1024x768), with anti-aliasing disabled.

Throughout this review, the natural comparison is going to be focused on 128MB vs. 256MB X700 Pro performance.  As we can see, when it came to massive multiplayer online role playing gaming, such as Final Fantasy XI, each iteration of X700 Pro was virtually equal in performance.  The 256MB model managed to eke out an extra 5 frames.

Performance Comparisons With 3DMark05
Futuremark's Latest - The Jury is Still Out...

3DMark05 is the latest installment in a long line of synthetic 3D graphics benchmarks, dating back to late 1998.  3DMark99 came out in October of 1998 and was followed by the very popular DirectX 7 benchmark, 3DMark2000, roughly two years later.  The DirectX 8.1-compliant 3DMark2001 was released shortly thereafter, and it too was a very popular tool used by many hardcore gamers.  3DMark03, however, wasn't quite as well received thanks in no small part to the disapproval of graphics giant NVIDIA.  With 3DMark05, though, Futuremark hopes to win back some of its audience with a very advanced DirectX 9 benchmarking tool.  We ran 3DMark05's default test (1,024 x 768) on all of the cards we tested and have the overall results for you posted below...

3DMark05 is a more intensive test than FFXI and also showed a broader gap in performance between the Sapphire Toxic Radeon X700 Pro 128 and its 256MB comparison card.  Here the margins were much wider, giving the 256MB model a lead of 8.3%, equating to a gap of 239 3DMarks.

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