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

    Anti-aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering Performance

    The Radeon 9500 Atlantis Pro shares the enhancements ATI has made to the line, including the multisampling-based SMOOTHVISION 2.0 anti-aliasing format. To see how the Radeon 9500 Pro stacks up in anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering performance, we've assembled a few specific test runs, using the Radeon 9500 Atlantis Pro, GeForce4 Ti 4600 and Radeon 9700 Pro.

    The first chart details performance at standard 4X anti-aliasing modes and while the Radeon 9500 Atlantis Pro can't match the Radeon 9700, it sure takes the GeForce4 Ti 4600 to town.

    The anisotropic filtering benchmark scores show the Radeon 9500 Atlantis Pro making a charge at the powerful Radeon 9700 Pro, with not much separating the two. Once again, the GeForce4 Ti 4600 falls back when AF is enabled.

    Our last chart combines some popular AF and AA modes, and shows much of the same pattern as before. While the Radeon 9500 Atlantis Pro easily surpasses the GeForce4 Ti 4600 in all tests, the higher memory bandwidth of the Radeon 9700 Pro allows it unprecedented anti-aliasing performance.

    Benchmark Analysis

    Using standard 3D game benchmarks, there is little difference between the Radeon 9500 Atlantis Pro and a standard GeForce4 Ti 4600. Once anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering at brought into the equation, the Radeon 9500 Pro easily takes the lead and doesn't look back. By the same token, the Radeon 9500 Atlantis Pro matched up well against the Radeon 9700 Pro in standard 3D tests, but fell back once the AA and AF bells and whistles were enabled.

    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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