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    Sapphire Radeon 9500 Atlantis Pro Review
    By Vince Freeman :  February 3, 2003


    Since Sapphire is targeting the ATI Radeon 9500 Atlantis Pro at the mid-range buyer, we're tailoring our performance comparison to that end. The main competitors are the various GeForce4 Ti 4200-based cards, especially the standard and AGP 8X 128-MB models, and the GeForce4 Ti 4400. We're also not forgetting about higher-end comparisons, and also include the GeForce4 Ti 4600 card, along with the Radeon 9700 Pro to give a good idea of where the Radeon 9500 Pro stacks up.

    Although an upgrade to a dual-DDR system is looming on the horizon, our reference platform once again consists of the Pentium 4-2.53 GHz processor, a SiS 645DX platform, and 512-MB of high-end Mushkin PC3200 memory. Windows XP Pro is our operating system of choice, along with a look at the new Catalyst 3.0 drivers for the ATI cards.

    Our benchmark selection includes some old favorites like Quake 3: Arena, 3DMark 2001SE Pro and Return to Castle Wolfenstein, as well as some newer tests such as Jedi Knight II, Comanche 4, Serious Sam; The Second Encounter, Code Creatures and Unreal Tournament 2003.

    Test System

    General Settings:
    Desktop Resolution: 1024x768
    Color Depth: 32-bit
    V-Sync: Disabled

    SiS 645DX - MSI 645E Max 2 Motherboard
    Processors: Pentium 4-2.53B
    Memory: 512 MB Mushkin PC3200 DDR
    Motherboard: MSI 645E Max 2
    Motherboard chip set: SiS 645DX
    NVIDIA reference drivers: 40.72
    ATI reference drivers: Catalyst 3.0
    Hard-Drive: Western Digital 40GB 7200RPM ATA100
    IDE Interface: Ultra ATA100
    Power Supply: Sparkle 400 Watt
    Operating System: Windows XP Pro

    Video Cards:
    Sapphire Radeon 9500 Atlantis Pro 128-MB
    VisionTek Xtasy GeForce4 Ti 4200 128-MB
    ASUS GeForce4 Ti 4400-8X 128-MB
    VisionTek Xtasy GeForce4 Ti 4400 128-MB
    MSI GeForce4 Ti 4600 128-MB
    ATI Radeon 9700 Pro 128-MB

    Quake III Arena Test Specifics
    Version: 1.30 (retail)
    V-Sync: Disabled
    Sound Disabled
    High Quality Defaults

    Return to Castle Wolfenstein Specifics:
    Version 1.0
    High Quality Defaults
    Checkpoint MP demo

    Serious Sam: The Second Encounter Specifics:
    Version 1.05
    Elephant Atrium demo

    Jedi Knight II Specifics:
    Version 1.02
    jk2ffa demo

    3DMark 2001SE Pro Specifics:
    Version 1.0 patched

    Page 1 Introduction
    Page 2 The Radeon 9500 Atlantis Pro Card
  • Page 3 Performance and Test System
    Page 4 Quake 3, Serious Sam 2 & RtCW Performance
    Page 5 Jedi Knight II, Comanche 4 & UT 2003 Performance
    Page 6 Code Creatures and 3DMark 2001SE Pro Performance
    Page 7 Anti-aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering Performance
    Page 8 Value and Conclusion

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