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VisionTek Xtasy 9800 Pro 128MB AGP
Back from the Dead with a Whole New Attitude

By - Jeff Bouton
July 1, 2003

Gaming Performance with Gunmetal
Something New...

We continued our DirectX benchmarking with a new benchmark called Gun Metal.    This benchmark is based on the game by the same name produced by Yeti Studios.  Realizing the need for a true real world DirectX 9 benchmark that can stress today's powerhouse video cards, Yeti Studios put together this little gem to bring any video card to its knees.  While that isn't the overall goal, what they intend to do is truly stress a card in a way that reflects its true abilities, exposing the GPU limit, rather than the CPU limit of the system.  To help achieve higher stress levels, Gun Metal is set up with Antialiasing and Anisotropic Filtering on by default and it can't be disabled.  Below are the results from running the "Benchmark 2".

At 800x600 screen resolution, the two cards competed very close, giving a slight advantage to the GeForce card.  Once we increased the resolution to 1024x768, the Radeon card dropped significantly in comparison, with the GeForce card barely dropping a full frame per second.  With the recent questions about nVidia's drivers and some of the bugs we've seen in the labs here at HH however, we wonder if this is truly representative of the performance we are seeing. 

This is still a new benchmark to us, so we'll have to keep an eye on it and see what trends unfold as more hardware is tested.  All in all though, we like it!


Gaming Performance with Quake3 v1.32
Old Reliable...

Next up, we have some OpenGL testing with Quake 3 Arena.  Like UT2003, we ran the test at two common resolutions with varying visual qualities enabled through the drivers.  We ran each test with the game set for "High Quality", adjusting only the resolution.

In the basic tests, the GeForce FX 5800 Ultra led by 14FPS at 1024x768 and slipped to a 6FPS lead at 1600x1200.  Once we started to increase the visual qualities however, the Xtasy model maintained the upper hand, especially at the higher resolution.  At 1024x768 the Radeon based card stayed on top by roughly 30FPS with the 4X AA and the 4X AA and 8X Anisotropic filtering tests.  At 1600x1200, the GeForce FX 5800 Ultra really began to give up some ground, giving the VisionTek Xtasy the lead by an average of 53FPS.  Clearly the ATi card is far more efficient at handling the additional visual qualities and it's over all image quality looked better too.  This is our subjective opinion of course but we've seen plenty of graphics hardware and feel we can judge accordingly.

Serious Sam TSE, Overclocking & the Wrap-up 

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