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POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO

"We compare the Powercolor Radeon 9700 Pro against the Leadtek GeForce 6600, Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT and Gigabyte GeForce PCX 5900. We used a range of software including:- 3dmark 2001 SE, 3dmark 2003, 3dmark 2005, 3dmark 2006 and Rightmark."

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO SPECIFICATIONS

ATI Radeon 9700 Pro is the most advanced graphics board in its category, featuring ATI's Radeon 9700 Pro Visual Processing Unit (VPU), supporting AGP design specifications. Through a combination of incredible 3D rendering performance, sophisticated real-time visual effects, industry-leading image quality, processing speed, and cutting-edge video features, it takes the PC entertainment experience to a new level.

Fastest 3D gaming performance with next-generation VPU architecture.
Complete DirectX 9.0 support for unprecedented realism and sophisticated visual effects.
Smoothvision 2.0 technology provides new levels of image quality.
Revolutionary new video features including Videoshader and Fullstream technologies.
Featuring Catalyst ATI's industry leading software suite with frequently scheduled updates.
.15 Silicon Process.
110 Million Transistors.
325Mhz Core Clock Speed.
8 Rendering Pipelines with 1 texture sampling unit per pipe giving 2.6Giga Fillrate.
128MB of 310Mhz DDR RAM on a 256Bit Bus giving 19.8GB per second actual bandwidth.
Up to 16 textures per pass.
4 Parallel Geometry Pipeline giving a peak Triangle throughput of 325Mtri/sec.
Dual Display Controllers with two 400MHz RAMDAC's and Integrated TMDS Transmitter.
DirectX Version 9.0 Compliancy.
Trueform 2.0 Higher Order Surface Processor.
Smartshader 2.0.
DX Vertex Shaders 2.0.
DX Pixel Shaders 2.0.
HyperZ III Memory Optimisations.
Smoothvision 2.0.
Up to 6X FSAA.
Up to 16X Anisotropic Filtering.
Videoshader Video/DVD Playback.
Hydravision Display Software.

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO

CHIP GPU CORE
CLOCK MHZ
MEMORY
CLOCK MHZ
MEMORY
INTERFACE
PIXELS
PER CLOCK
DIRECTX
POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO R300 325 620 256 8 9.0
LEADTEK GEFORCE 6600 NV43 300 550 128 8 9.0C
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT RV360 500 650 128 4 9.0
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 5900 NV34 350 500 256 4 9.0
CHIP GPU CORE
CLOCK MHZ
MEMORY
CLOCK MHZ
MEMORY
INTERFACE
PIXELS
PER CLOCK
DIRECTX

GENERAL SYSTEM INFORMATION

PROCESSOR AMD ATHLON64 3000
VIDEO CARD POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT
LEADTEK GEFORCE 6600
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 5900
ATI DRIVER ATI CATALYST v6.6
NVIDIA DRIVER NVIDIA FORCEWARE v91.31
MOTHERBOARD ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA 2
MEMORY 2 x 512MB OCZ GOLD XTC PC3200 DDR
OPERATING SYSTEM WINDOWS XP SERVICE PACK 2
DIRECTX VERSION v9.0c

3DMARK BENCHMARKS

3DMARK 2001 SE

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO15785
LEADTEK GEFORCE 660013523
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT13653
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 590013117

3DMARK 2003

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO4960
LEADTEK GEFORCE 66005168
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT4367
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 59004576

3DMARK 2005

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO2159
LEADTEK GEFORCE 66001955
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT2047
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 5900862

3DMARK 2006

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO500
LEADTEK GEFORCE 6600875
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT445
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 5900148

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO LEADTEK GEFORCE 6600
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 5900

COMMENT "The Powercolor Radeon 9700 Pro puts in a great performance with 3dmark 2001 SE and outperforms the Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT by 14%. In an unexpected twist the Leadtek GeForce 6600 pulls out a victory against the Powercolor Radeon 9700 Pro with 3dmark 2003 beating it by 5%. Things return to normal with 3dmark 2005 and the Powercolor Radeon 9700 Pro beats the Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT by 6%. 3dmark 2006 is more advanced than all of the other 3dmark programs and has SM2.0 and SM3.0 tests. The only video card which can complete all of the tests is the SM3.0 equipped Leadtek GeForce 6600 which is why it's score of 875 is 43% faster than the Powercolor Radeon 9700 Pro."

RIGHTMARK

PIXEL SHADING (PS1.1)

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO725
LEADTEK GEFORCE 6600646
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT524
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 5900508

PIXEL SHADING (PS2.0)

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO208
LEADTEK GEFORCE 6600184
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT160
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 590047

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO LEADTEK GEFORCE 6600
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 5900

COMMENT "The Powercolor Radeon 9700 Pro does well beating the Leadtek GeForce 6600 by 11% with the PS1.1 benchmark and then by 12% with the PS2.0 benchmark."

SHADERMARK 2.0

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO3638
LEADTEK GEFORCE 66003942
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT2896
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 59001545

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO LEADTEK GEFORCE 6600
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 5900

COMMENT "The Powercolor Radeon 9700 Pro and Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT both fail some of the dynamic flow control and floating point filtering tests. This gives the victory to the Leadtek GeForce 6600 and it beats the Powercolor Radeon 9700 Pro by 8%."

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO

PAGE 1 POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO INTRODUCTION
PAGE 2 EARTH 2160, FAR CRY, GT LEGENDS AND QUAKE 4
PAGE 3 SCRAPLAND, SERIOUS SAM II AMD TRACKMANIA SUNRISE
PAGE 4 TRIBES, UNREAL TOURNMENT 2004 AND XPAND RALLY

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