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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 GeForce3GeForce3, 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

SERIOUS SAM SE

800x600

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440127
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000111
VISIONTEK GEFORCE3 131
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO122

1024x768

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440104
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000106
VISIONTEK GEFORCE3 124
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO116

1280x1024

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44088
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000102
VISIONTEK GEFORCE3 116
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO110

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

BENCHMARK SETTINGS
Elephant Atrium
Fullscreen Enabled
Extreme Quality Settings
Large Texture Size
Optimal Texture Quality
Detail Textures Enabled

COMMENT "The Gainward GeForce4 MX 440 starts off strongly in second place but manages to finish last, a poor performance. Sapphire Radeon 9000 manages good performance across all of the resolutions. Not a huge victory but the Visiontek GeForce3GeForce3 managed to win every resolution. Sapphire Radeon 9000 Pro stayed in second behind the Visiontek GeForce3GeForce3."


UT 2003 FLYBY

800x600

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44086
SAPPHIRE RADEON 900077
VISIONTEK GEFORCE3 107
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO86

1024x768

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44059
SAPPHIRE RADEON 900051
VISIONTEK GEFORCE3 78
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO57

1280x1024

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44040
SAPPHIRE RADEON 900033
VISIONTEK GEFORCE3 55
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO37

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

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Antalus Benchmark
Character Shadows Enabled
Decals Enabled
Dynamic Lighting Enabled
Detail Textures Enabled
Projectors Enabled
Foliage Enabled

COMMENT "A good performance by Gainward GeForce4 MX 440, it easily beat Sapphire Radeon 9000 and was very close to Sapphire Radeon 9000 Pro. Sapphire Radeon 9000 delivered a poor result and finished last in all of the resolutions tested. Another great performance by the Visiontek GeForce3, it's clearly faster than the other video cards which is impressive. Sapphire Radeon 9000 Pro finished way behind the Visiontek GeForce3 and only slightly ahead of Gainward GeForce4 MX 440 which made for a disappointing result."


UT 2003 BOTMATCH

800x600

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44039
SAPPHIRE RADEON 900038
VISIONTEK GEFORCE3 41
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO41

1024x768

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44037
SAPPHIRE RADEON 900034
VISIONTEK GEFORCE3 40
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO39

1280x1024

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44028
SAPPHIRE RADEON 900024
VISIONTEK GEFORCE3 34
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO27

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

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Antalus Benchmark
Character Shadows Enabled
Decals Enabled
Dynamic Lighting Enabled
Detail Textures Enabled
Projectors Enabled
Foliage Enabled

COMMENT "A good solid result for Gainward GeForce4 MX 440, finished ahead of Sapphire Radeon 9000 at all of the resolutions tested. Another poor result for Sapphire Radeon 9000, finished in last place again. The Visiontek GeForce3 is clearly the better video card for Unreal Tournament 2003, was the only video card to get 30+ fps at 1280x1024. Sapphire Radeon 9000 Pro started off strongly but at 1280x1024 lost to Gainward GeForce4 MX 440 but only by 1fps."


AMD ATHLON XP 2000
PERFORMANCE

QUAKE 3

VISIONTEK GEFORCE3  (XP1700)161
VISIONTEK GEFORCE3  (XP2000)165
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO (XP1700)155
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO (XP2000)157

RETURN TO CASTLE WOLFENSTEIN

VISIONTEK GEFORCE3  (XP1700)122
VISIONTEK GEFORCE3  (XP2000)130
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO (XP1700)126
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO (XP2000)129

SERIOUS SAM SE

VISIONTEK GEFORCE3  (XP1700)124
VISIONTEK GEFORCE3  (XP2000)130
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO (XP1700)116
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO (XP2000)122

UT 2003 BOTMATCH

VISIONTEK GEFORCE3  (XP1700)40
VISIONTEK GEFORCE3  (XP2000)45
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO (XP1700)39
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO (XP2000)45

VISIONTEK GEFORCE3 (XP1700) VISIONTEK GEFORCE3 (XP2000)
SAPPHIRE R9000 PRO (XP1700) SAPPHIRE R9000 PRO (XP2000)

COMMENT "We have selected the Visiontek GeForce3 and Sapphire Radeon 9000 Pro to be tested with AMD Athlon XP 2000 processor which is 13% faster than AMD Athlon XP 1700. With Quake 3 using the Athlon XP 2000 processor results in a 3% gain for the Visiontek GeForce3 and a 2% gain for Sapphire Radeon 9000 Pro. Using the Athlon XP 2000 with Return to Castle Wolfenstein results in a 7% gain for the Visiontek GeForce3 and a 3% gain for Sapphire Radeon 9000 Pro. Using the Athlon XP 2000 with Serious Sam SE results in a 5% gain for the Visiontek GeForce3 and a 5% gain for Sapphire Radeon 9000 Pro. Using the Athlon XP 2000 with Unreal Tournament 2003 using Botmatch results in a 12% gain for the Visiontek GeForce3 and a 14% gain for Sapphire Radeon 9000 Pro. The Visiontek GeForce3 and Sapphire Radeon 9000 Pro video cards both gained performance from the faster processor but not the expected 13% performance gain."

FINAL RESULT

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 4401399
SAPPHIRE RADEON 90001357
VISIONTEK GEFORCE3 1576
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9000 PRO1475

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

COMMENT "The Gainward GeForce4 MX 440 gave good performance considering it's a budget video card and won it's battle against Sapphire Radeon 9000. Sapphire Radeon 9000 delivered only average performance and usually finished behind Gainward GeForce4 MX 440 so it's a disappointing result. The Visiontek GeForce3 finished 101fps ahead of Sapphire Radeon 9000 Pro to claim first place. Although Sapphire Radeon 9000 Pro came second it's performance was pretty hit and miss."

CONCLUSION "It was an interesting result, Gainward GeForce4 MX 440 and Visiontek GeForce3 both won their battles against Sapphire Radeon 9000 and Sapphire Radeon 9000 Pro. It wasn't an easy victory for the Nvidia cards and the performance of Sapphire Radeon 9000 and Gainward GeForce4 MX 440 was close. However the Visiontek GeForce3 was shown to be clearly superior to Sapphire Radeon 9000 Pro apart from when anisotropic filtering. The performance of 2x and 4x fsaa was clearly superior with Gainward GeForce4 MX 440 and the Visiontek GeForce3. The downside for Gainward GeForce4 MX 440 is it's lack of Pixel Shaders which limited it's score with 3dmark 2001 SE. However it was seen that the lack of this feature didn't limit it's performance in games."

BUDGET VIDEO CARD ROUNDUP 2003

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