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POWERCOLOR RADEON 9800 PRO

"In this article we test the Powercolor Radeon 9800 Pro against the Inno3D GeForce 5900 XT. Software used:- 3dmark 2003, Aquamark3, Return to Castle Wolfenstein Enemy, Unreal Tournament 2003 and X2 the Threat."
POWERCOLOR RADEON 9800 PRO

Cinematic Rendering: Immerse yourself in the world’s fastest and most compelling game play, courtesy of the unprecedented speed and control of RADEON 9800 family of visual processors

256-bit memory interface delivers the bandwidth for real time 3D graphics and barrier free performance.
8-pixel pipeline architecture doubles the rendering power of other graphics processor.

Maximum 3D: Brace yourself for feature film quality on your PC, the new standard in 3D entertainment.

SMARTSHADER 2.1 technology supports the latest Microsoft DirectX 9.0 feature sets.
SMOOTHVISION 2.1 technology delivers the sharpest, clearest textures and removes jaggies.

Generation New Technology Advanced stability meets revolutionary features in the RADEON 9800 Series, the only 8-pipeline graphics solution in its 2nd generation.

ATI’s Visual Processing Unit (VPU) is optimized to run the most demanding 3D and 2D applications.
Supports the latest Microsoft DirectX 9.0 and OpenGL 2.0 feature sets.
FULLSTREAM and VIDEOSHADER produce smoother looking, higher quality video.

NAME CHIPSET GPU SPEED MEMORY MEMORY
INTERFACE
MEMORY
SPEED
AGP SPEED
POWERCOLOR RADEON 9800 PRO R350 380MHZ 128MB 256BIT 680MHZ DDR 8x
INNO3D GEFORCE 5900 XT NV35 390MHZ 128MB 256BIT 700MHZ DDR 8x
NAME CHIPSET GPU SPEED MEMORY MEMORY
INTERFACE
MEMORY
SPEED
AGP SPEED

GENERAL SYSTEM INFORMATION

PROCESSOR AMD ATHLON XP 3200
VIDEO CARD POWERCOLOR RADEON 9800 PRO
INNO3D GEFORCE 5900 XT
ATI DRIVER CATALYST v4.5
NVIDIA DRIVER FORCEWARE v61.11
MOTHERBOARD MSI K7N2 DELTA-L
MEMORY 512MB CRUCIAL PC3200 DDR
OPERATING SYSTEM WINDOWS XP SERVICE PACK 1
DIRECTX VERSION v9.0B

3DMARK 2003

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9800 PRO5860
INNO3D GEFORCE 5900 XT5170

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9800 PRO INNO3D GEFORCE 5900 XT

COMMENT "The Powercolor Radeon 9800 Pro starts off strongly against the Inno3D GeForce 5900 XT and beats it by 690 points which is a 12% performance advantage."
BENCHMARK SETTINGS

3DMARK 2003

1024x768 Resolution
No Pixel Processing
Optimal Texture Filtering
4x Max Anisotropy
Optimal Vertex Shaders
No Repeat Tests
No Fixed Framerate

AQUAMARK 3

1024x768

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9800 PRO45
INNO3D GEFORCE 5900 XT48

1280x1024

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9800 PRO40
INNO3D GEFORCE 5900 XT40

1024x768 (4xAA & 8xAF)

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9800 PRO36
INNO3D GEFORCE 5900 XT30

1280x1024 (4xAA & 8xAF)

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9800 PRO27
INNO3D GEFORCE 5900 XT22

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9800 PRO INNO3D GEFORCE 5900 XT

COMMENT "The Inno3D GeForce 5900 XT starts off strongly winning the first benchmark at 1024x768 by 3fps and drawing the second benchmark which is at 1280x1024. However once 4x Anti-Aliasing and 8x Anisotropic Filtering are enabled the Powercolor Radeon 9800 Pro starts to show it's strength by winning the two remaining resolutions comfortably."

RETURN TO CASTLE WOLFENSTEIN
ENEMY TERRITORY

1024x768

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9800 PRO70
INNO3D GEFORCE 5900 XT78

1280x1024

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9800 PRO68
INNO3D GEFORCE 5900 XT69

1024x768 (4xAA & 8xAF)

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9800 PRO65
INNO3D GEFORCE 5900 XT61

1280x1024 (4xAA & 8xAF)

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9800 PRO51
INNO3D GEFORCE 5900 XT45

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9800 PRO INNO3D GEFORCE 5900 XT

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Railgun 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 "These results are pretty much the same as the previous benchmark, the Inno3D GeForce 5900 XT wins all of the tests without anti-aliasing and anisotropic and the Powercolor Radeon 9800 Pro wins all of the tests with 4x anti-aliasing and 8x anisotropic filtering."


UT 2003

1024x768

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9800 PRO63
INNO3D GEFORCE 5900 XT61

1280x1024

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9800 PRO59
INNO3D GEFORCE 5900 XT55

1024x768 (4xAA & 8xAF)

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9800 PRO52
INNO3D GEFORCE 5900 XT47

1280x1024 (4xAA & 8xAF)

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9800 PRO36
INNO3D GEFORCE 5900 XT34

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9800 PRO INNO3D GEFORCE 5900 XT

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

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

COMMENT "For the first time we have a clear winner, the Powercolor Radeon 9800 Pro offers the best Unreal Tournament 2003 performance by 4% to 10%. The Inno3D GeForce 5900 XT tries to keep up but can't manage to beat the Powercolor Radeon 9800 Pro."


X2 THE THREAT

DEFAULT QUALITY

1024x768

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9800 PRO82
INNO3D GEFORCE 5900 XT105

1280x1024

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9800 PRO73
INNO3D GEFORCE 5900 XT89

1024x768 (4xAA & 8xAF)

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9800 PRO77
INNO3D GEFORCE 5900 XT83

1280x1024 (4xAA & 8xAF)

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9800 PRO66
INNO3D GEFORCE 5900 XT67

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9800 PRO INNO3D GEFORCE 5900 XT

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Fullscreen Enabled
Auto Quality Enabled
Anti-aliasing Disabled
Bumpmaps Enabled
Shadows Disabled

COMMENT "It seems the Powercolor Radeon 9800 Pro has a hard time beating the Inno3D GeForce 5900 XT when using OpenGL based games. The Powercolor Radeon 9800 Pro loses to the Inno3D GeForce 5900 XT by between 2% to 22% with X2."


CONCLUSION "The Powercolor Radeon 9800 Pro usually fails to beat the Inno3D GeForce 5900 XT when using default settings. However when you turn on features like anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering the Powercolor Radeon 9800 Pro managed to distance itself from the Inno3D GeForce 5900 XT some of the time. The biggest performance advantage the Powercolor Radeon 9800 Pro has over the Inno3D GeForce 5900 XT is it's efficent anisotropic filtering, anti-aliasing and dx9 performance. The problem with the Powercolor Radeon 9800 Pro is it's price, it will set you back $197 (£141) compared to $175 (£128) for the Inno3D GeForce 5900 XT. When you consider the fact that the Inno3D GeForce 5900 XT is usually faster makes the Powercolor Radeon 9800 Pro too expensive."

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