Jedi Knight is the newest Quake 3-based game and some would say it is among the most resource hungry, and gives us with another excellent way of measuring high-end 3D gaming performance. In this particular instance, the video cards have been tested using the standard High Quality detail setting.
Our Jedi Knight II testing showed some more fine results for the Radeon 9500 Atlantis Pro. While it did take a back seat early on, once the resolutions are increased, the Sapphire card outdistances the NVIDIA competition, and shows some top speed at 1600x1200.
The Comanche 4 benchmark from Novalogic gives us an opportunity to use an actual flight sim for 3D video testing. This is a different game engine that we've ever used before, so don't be put off by the relatively low framerates. Just like the high fps of Quake 3, a card's relative position is the most important factor. These tests were run in 32-bit mode, with sound disabled.
With Comanche 4, the Radeon 9500 Atlantis Pro shows itself to be in there tight with the GeForce4 Ti 4200 and 4400 cards, but falls just shy of the Ti 4600. These are still very close results, though 1600x1200 does separate the cards, especially the standard GeForce4 Ti 4200.
Unreal Tournament 2003 includes a benchmark program that automatically tests two separate modes. One is Flyby, which takes a canned tour of the UT game world and then offers up a framerate score. The second is Botmatch, and this is a more game-oriented test than Flyby, but it also brings with it added CPU dependency. In this section, we've taken all the cards through the UT 2003 wringer and show benchmark charts for both of the game tests.
The Flyby benchmark scores have the Radeon 9500 Atlantis Pro nicely ahead of the GeForce4 Ti 4200 and 4400 cards, and right on par with the Ti 4600. UT 2003 is perhaps the most topical 3D game benchmark we've got and it solidifies the Radeon 9500 Pro as a true match for the GeForce4 Ti 4600, using standard game settings.
The UT 2003 Botmatch benchmark is more CPU-bound than the Flyby test, and the results are much closer together. Even so, both of the Radeon-based cards post higher results than the NVIDIA competition.