Code Creatures is a synthetic 3D benchmark that provides us with yet another angle in any 3D video performance comparison. This is a high-end 3D benchmark that also requires DirectX 8 hardware, and along with 3DMark 2001SE, is a good barometer for potential DirectX 8 game performance.
Our first benchmark chart shows the Total score produced by the Code Creatures benchmark, and once again we're seeing a tight competition between the Sapphire Radeon 9800 Pro 256-MB and the Radeon 9800 Pro 128-MB, with little space between the two cards.
The second Code Creatures chart breaks down the individual framerates that make up the Total score, and although we do get a more detailed view of the different resolutions, the overall trend remains steady.
MadOnion's 3DMark 2001SE Pro is a popular 3D benchmark tool, and one that many gamers use to compare performance results. All benchmark testing was performed in 32-bit mode, and used pure hardware DirectX support.
Because of its larger numbers, it's easier to identify the 3DMark 201SE performance differences between the Sapphire Radeon 9800 Pro 256-MB and the standard 128-MB card, but the relative gap remains about the same.
The 3DMark 2003 benchmark has seen its fair share of controversy, but as long as the mainstream gaming community is using it, we'll present comparison scores. It does offer a view at potential DirectX 9 gaming performance, as well as offering a specific CPU Test that was lacking in the 2001SE version.
The 3DMark 2003 scores match up pretty well to 3DMark 2001SE, and the Sapphire Radeon 9800 Pro 256-MB once again takes top spot, but with very little room between the two Radeon 9800 Pro cards.