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  Crucial Radeon 9700 Pro & Sapphire Atlantis 9500 Pro review

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Test System 

The system used for testing had the following components installed:

  • Athlon XP 1,66Ghz CPU (XP 2000+) @ 133MHz FSB

  • FIC AN17 mainboard

  • 512mb PC2700 ram @ 166MHz bus

  • Maxtor 80GB D740X hard drive

Video Cards used:

  • Crucial Radeon 9700 Pro (128MB) - Catalyst 3.1a drivers

  • Sapphire Radeon 9500 Pro (128MB) - Catalyst 3.1a drivers

  • NVIDIA GeForce 4 Ti 4200 @ 4600 speeds (300/650) (64MB) - v42.86 drivers

Quake III Benchmarks

Benchmark info: Quake 3 v1.30, all settings at maximum quality.

Normal Settings

9700 Pro 9500 Pro Ti4200 oc/ed
1024x768 207 201.4 213.6
1152x864 205.5 198.6 205
1280x1024 198.1 186.1 183.6
1600x1200 179.9 148.5 149.9

4X FSAA, 8X Performance anisotropic

9700 Pro 9500 Pro Ti4200 oc/ed
1024x768 202.5 160 116.7
1152x864 191.1 128.4 74.5
1280x1024 161.6 103.9 41
1600x1200 114.5 72.5 56.2

 

As you can see from the graphs above, when you are not stressing the cards the overclocked GeForce 4 board even manages to get an advantage in the now dated Quake3, it’s not until we crank up resolutions that the Radeon boards begin to flex its muscles.

With FSAA 4X & Anisotropic Filtering 8X turned on, the picture changes radically. The 9700 remains putting numbers two times higher than those of the GeForce4 board, impressive numbers indeed. The Atlantis 9500 Pro remains in good shape and manages to keep behind the 9700 somewhat until extreme strain is put on the memory bus, where the 9700 shows its advantage.

 



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