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BUDGET VIDEO CARD ROUNDUP 2003

"In this article we compare four budget (sub 80) video cards which are Gainward GeForce4 MX 440, Visiontek , Sapphire Radeon 9000 and Sapphire Radeon 9000 Pro. They were tested using the powerfull AMD Athlon XP 1700 (Thoroughbred) processor and Asus A7S333 (SIS745) motherboard. Software used for benchmarking was 3dmark 2001 SE, Quake 3, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Serious Sam SE and Unreal Tournament 2003."

GENERAL SYSTEM INFORMATION

PROCESSOR AMD ATHLON XP 1700
VIDEO CARD GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440
VISIONTEK GEFORCE3
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO
ATI DRIVER CATALYST v3.1
NVIDIA DRIVER FORCEWARE v43.45
MOTHERBOARD ASUS A7S333
MEMORY 512MB SAMSUNG PC2100 DDR
OPERATING SYSTEM WINDOWS XP
DIRECTX VERSION v9.0

QUAKE 3
2x FSAA

640x480

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440165
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000147
VISIONTEK GEFORCE3173
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO160

800x600

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440129
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000103
VISIONTEK GEFORCE3149
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO118

1024x768

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44086
SAPPHIRE RADEON 900065
VISIONTEK GEFORCE398
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO75

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440 SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000
VISIONTEK SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Four.dm68 Benchmark
32Bit Colour Depth
Texture Compress Disabled
Lightmap Lighting
High Geometric Detail
Full Texture Detail
Trilinear Texture Filtering

COMMENT "Gainward GeForce4 MX 440 gave a great performance and managed to beat both of the Radeon 9000's. After the close results Sapphire Radeon 9000 delivered to Gainward GeForce4 MX 440 in the last test I expected a close result. However that wasn't to be and Sapphire Radeon 9000 lost badly to Gainward GeForce4 MX 440. The Visiontek GeForce3 gave a great performance and it beat both of Sapphire Radeon 9000's by a healthy margin. Sapphire Radeon 9000 Pro gave pretty much the same poor result as Sapphire Radeon 9000, it was easily beaten by GainwardGeForce4 MX 440 and the Visiontek GeForce3 at all of the resolutions tested."


QUAKE 3
4x FSAA

640x480

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44095
SAPPHIRE RADEON 900088
VISIONTEK GEFORCE3157
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO102

800x600

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44066
SAPPHIRE RADEON 900058
VISIONTEK GEFORCE3116
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO67

1024x768

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44044
SAPPHIRE RADEON 900028
VISIONTEK GEFORCE368
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO44

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440 SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000
VISIONTEK SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Four.dm68 Benchmark
32Bit Colour Depth
Texture Compress Disabled
Lightmap Lighting
High Geometric Detail
Full Texture Detail
Trilinear Texture Filtering

COMMENT "It was a close result between Gainward GeForce MX 440 and Sapphire Radeon 9000 Pro however Gainward GeForce4 MX 440 easily beat Sapphire Radeon 9000. Sapphire Radeon 9000 gave a poor performance and there is nothing more to say. I think the chart speaks for itself, the Visiontek GeForce3 won this by a large margin, impressive. I expected Sapphire Radeon 9000 Pro to be competing with the Visiontek GeForce3, however it ended up being closer to Gainward GeForce4 MX 440."


QUAKE 3
4x FSAA 2x AF

640x480

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44081
SAPPHIRE RADEON 900074
VISIONTEK GEFORCE3135
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO98

800x600

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44058
SAPPHIRE RADEON 900049
VISIONTEK GEFORCE393
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO65

1024x768

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44039
SAPPHIRE RADEON 900025
VISIONTEK GEFORCE356
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO34

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440 SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000
VISIONTEK SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Four.dm68 Benchmark
32Bit Colour Depth
Texture Compress Disabled
Lightmap Lighting
High Geometric Detail
Full Texture Detail
Trilinear Texture Filtering

COMMENT "The Gainward GeForce4 MX 440 gave a good performance and beat Sapphire Radeon 9000 at all resolutions and even Sapphire Radeon 9000 Pro at 1024x768. Sapphire Radeon 9000 offered only average performance this time and slumped into last place again. As expected the Visiontek GeForce3 wins this round again by an impressive margin. Another let down by Sapphire Radeon 9000 Pro, it's performance was once again closer to Gainward GeForce4 MX 440 than the Visiontek GeForce3."


QUAKE 3
ANISOTROPIC

2x ANISOTROPIC

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440124
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000137
VISIONTEK GEFORCE3130
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO153

8x ANISOTROPIC

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440N/A
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000132
VISIONTEK GEFORCE3108
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO149

16x ANISOTROPIC

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440N/A
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000131
VISIONTEK GEFORCE3N/A
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO148

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440 SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000
VISIONTEK GEFORCE3 SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Four.dm68 Benchmark
32Bit Colour Depth
Texture Compress Disabled
Lightmap Lighting
High Geometric Detail
Full Texture Detail
Trilinear Texture Filtering

COMMENT "The Gainward GeForce4 MX 440 is only able to do 2x anisotropic filtering and even then it's performance is lacking. Sapphire Radeon 9000 gave a great performance, it beat Gainward GeForce4 MX 440 and even the Visiontek GeForce3 at 4x anisotropic filtering. The Visiontek GeForce3 is only able to do 2x, 4x and 8x anisotropic filtering and as you can see the performance hit is much larger than for Sapphire Radeon 9000 and 9000 Pro. A great performance by Sapphire Radeon 9000 Pro, even using 16x anisotropic filtering Sapphire Radeon 9000 Pro was able to beat the Visiontek GeForce3 using any anisotropic filtering level."


RETURN TO CASTLE WOLFENSTEIN

800x600

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440140
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000138
VISIONTEK GEFORCE3143
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO142

1024x768

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440116
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000115
VISIONTEK GEFORCE3122
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO126

1280x1024

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440100
SAPPHIRE RADEON 900097
VISIONTEK GEFORCE3105
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO109

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440 SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000
VISIONTEK GEFORCE3 SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

IXBT Benchmark
High Quality Setting
Geometric Detail High
Texture Detail High
Texture Quality 32Bit
Trilinear Filtering
Simple Shaders Disabled
Compressed Textures Disabled
Light Flares Enabled
Wall Marks Enabled
Dynamic Lights Enabled
Identify Target Enabled
Sync Every Frame Disabled
Simple Items Disabled

COMMENT "The Gainward GeForce4 MX 440 gave a good solid performance staying ahead of Sapphire Radeon 9000 and within 10fps of the leaders. Once again Sapphire Radeon 9000 loses out to Gainward GeForce4 MX 440, although not by much this time. A good performance by the Visiontek GeForce3, won the first test and then stayed within 4fps of Sapphire Radeon 9000 Pro. A very close result between the four video cards but however Sapphire Radeon 9000 Pro is the winner."

BUDGET VIDEO CARD ROUNDUP 2003

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