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GIGABYTE RADEON 9000

"Gigabyte Radeon 9000 review comparing the Gigabyte Radeon 9000 to the Gainward GeForce4 MX 440. Software used for testing was:- 3dmark 2001 SE, Dronez, Max Payne, Mercedes Benz Truck Racing, Quake 3, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Serious Sam, Star Trek Voyager Elite Force, Star Wars Jedi Knight 2 Jedi Outcast, Unreal Tournament and Unreal Tournament 2003."

GIGABYTE RADEON 9000

GIGABYTE RADEON 9000 SPECIFICATIONS

MAYA GV-R9000 PLUS(AF64DGE) provides high-end performance to the mainstream graphics market at a competitive price point. MAYA serial features four parallel, highly optimized rendering pipelines usually available only for the high-end gaming cards that significantly enhance performance and game-play responsiveness by doubling the pixel fill rate compared to the standard 2-pipeline architectures found in most mid-range products.

Graphics controller

RADEON 9000 graphics processing unit (GPU)

Memory configuration

64MB of double data rate memory(DDR)

Features At-a-glance

Powered by ATi Radeon 9000 GPU
Comprehensive 2X and 4X AGP support
High performance dual-channel 128-bit DDR
Optimized for Pentium 4 SSE2 and AMD Athlon 3Dnow! processor instructions
Highly optimized 128-bit 2D engine with support for WindowsR XP GDI
Best-of-class 3D gaming with a four-pipeline architecture
Supports DirectX 8.1 and OpenGL 1.3 features
Charisma Engine II supports full Transformation (T&L)
Complex, realistic lighting effects with ATI SMARTSHADER technology
Sharper-looking 3D graphics with ATI SMOOTHVISION technology
Featuring CATALYST Industry-leading software suite
D-Sub and TV-Out connector supported

3D Graphics Features

Four parallel rendering pipelines process up to 1.2 billion pixels per second
Smartshader technology
Full support for DirectX 8.1 programmable pixel and vertex shaders in hardware
1.4 pixel shaders support up to 6 textures per rendering pass
1.1 vertex shaders support vertex programs up to 128 instructions
Complete feature set also supported in OpenGL via extensions
Programmable shaders provide enhanced 3D effects in over 100 existing and upcoming game titles

MAYA GV-R9000 PLUS Features

Smartshader™
DirectX 8.1 support
OpenGL 1.3
Smoothvision™
Hyper Z II
Charisma Engine II
Pixel Tapestry II
Video Immersion II
High Performance Memory Support
Dual Display Support
Integrated Transformation, Clipping and Lighting
Twin Cache Architecture
SuperScalar Rendering
Single-Pass Multi-texturing
True Color Rendering
Triangle Setup Engine
Texture Cache
Bilinear/Trilinear Filtering
Line & Edge Anti-aliasing
Full-Screen Anti-aliasing
Texture Compositing
Texture Decompression
Specular Highlights
Perspectively Correct Texture Mapping
Mip-Mapping
Z-buffering and Double-buffering
Emboss, Dot Product 3 and Environment bump mapping
Spherical, Dual-Paraboloid and Cubic environment mapping
Fog effects, texture lighting, video textures, reflections, shadows, spotlights etc

Bundle Software

CyberLink PowerDVD XP
Motocross Mania (Game CD)
4X4 EVO and Oni (in 1 CD, Lite version)

NAME CHIPSET GPU SPEED MEM SPEED BANDWIDTH UK PRICE US PRICE
ATI RADEON 9000 RV250 250Mhz 400MHz DDR 6.4GB/s £78 $83
ATI RADEON 9000 PRO RV250 275Mhz 550MHz DDR 8.8GB/s £91 $99
NVIDIA GEFORCE4 MX 440 NV17 270Mhz 400MHz DDR 6.4GB/s £59 $63

GENERAL SYSTEM INFORMATION

PROCESSOR AMD ATHLON XP 1700
VIDEO CARD GIGABYTE RADEON 9000
GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440
ATI DRIVER CATALYST v7.75
NVIDIA DRIVER DETONATOR v40.52
MOTHERBOARD ASUS A7V266-C
MEMORY CRUCIAL 512MB PC2100 DDR
OPERATING SYSTEM WINDOWS 98 SE
DIRECTX VERSION v8.1

BENCHMARK GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440 GIGABYTE RADEON 9000
3DMARK 5823 6661
GAME 1 CAR CHASE LOW DETAIL 104 fps 90 fps
GAME 1 CAR CHASE HIGH DETAIL 42 fps 41 fps
GAME 2 DRAGOTHIC LOW DETAIL 100 fps 104 fps
GAME 2 DRAGOTHIC HIGH DETAIL 46 fps 57 fps
GAME 3 LOBBY LOW DETAIL 102 fps 102 fps
GAME 3 LOBBY HIGH DETAIL 49 fps 49 fps
GAME 4 NATURE N/A 35 fps
FILL RATE (SINGLE-TEXTURING) 440 mtexels/s 555 mtexels/s
FILL RATE (MULTI-TEXTURING) 841 mtexels/s 992 mtexels/s
HIGH POLYGON COUNT (1 LIGHT) 29 mtriangles/s 19 mtriangles/s
HIGH POLYGON COUNT (8 LIGHTS) 6 mtriangles/s 4 mtriangles/s
ENVIROMENT BUMP MAPPING N/A 127 fps
DOT3 BUMP MAPPING 66 fps 72 fps
VERTEX SHADER 46 fps 69 fps
PIXEL SHADER N/A 101 fps
ADVANCED PIXEL SHADER N/A 68 fps
POINT SPRITES 9 msprites/s 16 msprites/s
COMMENT "The Gigabyte Radeon 9000 wins this test simply because it was full DX8.1 features which are important for future gaming performance. It's unusual to see a budget video card with these features, the Gainward GeForce4 MX 440 is missing pixel shaders and although the Xabre by SIS has hardware pixel shaders it only has software vertex shaders. The Gainward GeForce4 MX 440 puts in a good performance when you consider it's missing pixel shaders which means it's unable to run the nature test. The Gainward GeForce4 MX 440 always performs the high polygon count tests very well so I wasn't surprised to see it beat the Gigabyte Radeon 9000."

MAX PAYNE

640x480

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440108
GIGABYTE RADEON 900094

800x600

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44083
GIGABYTE RADEON 900082

1024x768

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44059
GIGABYTE RADEON 900063

1280x960

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44040
GIGABYTE RADEON 900054

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440 GIGABYTE RADEON 9000

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Shooting Alex Benchmark
High Quality Setting
Trilinear Filtering
Fogging Enabled
Sounds Enabled
Task Switching Disabled
Triple Screen Buffers Enabled

COMMENT "The Gainward GeForce4 MX 440 starts off strongly which indicates it has strong hardware t&l but as the resolutions increase the Gigabyte Radeon 9000 takes over."


MERCEDES BENZ
TRUCK RACING

640x480

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440143
GIGABYTE RADEON 900078

800x600

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440128
GIGABYTE RADEON 900070

1024x768

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44098
GIGABYTE RADEON 900059

1280x960

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44068
GIGABYTE RADEON 900051

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440 GIGABYTE RADEON 9000

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Triple Buffering Enabled
Reflections Enabled
High Resolution Textures Enabled
24Bit Textures Enabled
Alpha Textures Enabled
Mipmapping Enabled
Sound FX Enabled

COMMENT "Things change dramatically with Mercedes Truck Racing which is dominated by the performance shown by the Gainward GeForce4 MX 440. I can only assume that the poor performance shown at all resolutions by the Gigabyte Radeon 9000 is down to poor driver support for this game."


UNREAL TOURNAMENT

640x480

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440121
GIGABYTE RADEON 9000119

800x600

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440119
GIGABYTE RADEON 9000116

1024x768

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440109
GIGABYTE RADEON 9000113

1280x960

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44082
GIGABYTE RADEON 9000111

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440 GIGABYTE RADEON 9000

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Thunder Benchmark
32Bit Colour Depth
High World Texture Detail
High Skin Detail
Show Decals Enabled
Dynamic Lighting Enabled
Minimum Frame Rate 0

COMMENT "The Gainward GeForce4 MX 440 wins the lower resolutions however the Gigabyte Radeon 9000 wipes the floor with the Gainward GeForce4 MX 440 at two highest resolutions. The Gigabyte Radeon 9000 managed to achieve atleast 100fps at ALL of the resolutions which is very impressive for a budget video card."


UT 2003

ANTALUS

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44038
GIGABYTE RADEON 900036

ANUBIS

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44054
GIGABYTE RADEON 900051

ASBESTOS

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44048
GIGABYTE RADEON 900046

CITADEL

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44042
GIGABYTE RADEON 900041

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440 GIGABYTE RADEON 9000

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

1024x768 Resolution
Character Shadows Enabled
Decals Enabled
Dynamic Lighting Enabled
Detail Textures Enabled
Projectors Enabled
Foliage Enabled

COMMENT "Things swing back into the Gainward GeForce4 MX 440's favour again as it beats the Gigabyte Radeon 9000 using all of the four benchmarks, the difference however is only 2-4fps which isn't noticeable."

GIGABYTE RADEON 9000

PAGE 1 GIGABYTE RADEON 9000 INTRODUCTION
PAGE 2 DRONEZ, SERIOUS SAM AND STAR WARS JEDI KNIGHT 2
PAGE 3 QUAKE 3
PAGE 4 TOTAL PERFORMANCE AND FINAL RESULT

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