Benchmarks with Aquamark 3
|Aquamark 3 comes to us by way of Massive Development. Massive's release of the original Aquanox in 1999 wasn't very well received by the gaming community, but it was one of the first games to implement DX8 class shaders, which led to the creation of Aquamark 2 - a benchmark previously used by many analysts. Since the Aquamark benchmarks are based on an actual game engine, they must support old and new video cards alike. Thus, the latest version of Aquamark, Aquamark 3, utilizes not only DirectX 9 class shaders, but DirectX 8 and DirectX 7 as well. We ran this benchmark at resolutions of 1024x768 and 1280x1024 with no anti-aliasing followed by 4X AA and 8X anisotropic filtering.|
With AquaMark 3 and the remaining tests moving forward, we upped the ante a bit by adding Anti-aliasing and Anisotropic filtering to the testing scenarios. In this segment, we found the two X700 Pros performing on the same level throughout the AQ3 testing. Each handled increased resolution and filtering the same way, performing virtually identically.