Tyan Tachyon G9600 Pro

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The Tyan Tachyon G9600 Pro
A Little Something To Break the Monotony

By - Marco Chiappetta
August 6, 2003

Next, we tested the Tyan Tachyon G9600 Pro with Ubi-Soft's Splinter Cell, using the Oil Rig demo created by the folks at Beyond 3D.  This test is heavily dependant on Pixel Shader performance.  Throughout the demo, pixel shaders are used to render the realistic looking ocean water that surrounds the Oil Rig.  As Dave mentioned in his review of ATi's All-In-Wonder 9800 Pro, in its current form, anti-aliasing is "broken" with Splinter Cell.  Due to this limitation, we do not have any AA scores listed in the graphs below...

Benchmarks With Splinter Cell
More DX Gaming

Like Gun Metal, the Splinter Cell benchmark requires some serious horsepower to generate high frame rates.  Once again, the top-of-the-line Radeon 9800 Pro and GeForce FX 5900 flex their muscles, but the Radeon 9600 Pros performed admirably.  At 1024x768, the Tachyon G9600 Pro couldn't catch the ATi built card, but the tables were turned once we raised the resolution to 1600x1200.  The performance deltas between the two Radeon 9600 Pros are extremely tiny though, and fall well within the margin of error in this test.

Head-to-Head Performance With Comanche 4
Did anyone see the Comanche Bike on American Chopper?

We used Novalogic's combat helicopter simulator Comanche 4 to continue our DirectX testing.  Comanche 4 uses DX8 class pixel and vertex shaders to produce some of the realistic visuals used throughout the game.  Unlike Splinter Cell and Gun Metal, this benchmark is heavily influenced by CPU and system memory performance, especially at lower resolutions.  When the resolution is raised and AA and Aniso are enabled, however, the video card becomes much more of a bottleneck.

Without anti-aliasing or anisotropic filtering enabled at 1024x768, all of the cards perform at essentially the same level, with only a few frames per second separating the first and last place finishers.  When compared to each other, at 1024x768 the Tyan and ATi built 9600 Pros traded victories but at 1600x1200 the Tyan G9600 Pro held onto a slim lead in all of the tests.  As was the case in the previous benchmarks though, the performance differences are so small they are inconsequential.

UT2003 & Quake 3 Benchmarks 

Tags:  Tachyon, pro, AC

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