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    XFX GeForce FX 5900 Ultra 256-MB Review
    By Vince Freeman :  November 4, 2003

    Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory Performance

    Along with the standard Return to Castle Wolfenstein benchmarking, we're also offering results for the more recent Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory game. The setup is the same as Quake 3, with 1280x1024 resolution, and in-game detail settings at maximum. We have used a custom demo taken from the Railgun game area, along with plenty of MP participants. This is one tough demo test, so expect the framerates to sink below those of Return to Castle Wolfenstein, and give our video cards a higher workload.

    Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory uses a similar game engine to the two previous benchmarks, but it's a bit more up-to-date and provides a more rigorous testing environment. This is borne out in the benchmark scores, where the XFX GeForce FX 5900 Ultra takes the top spot at 1280x1024, but falls behind when the resolution is increased to 1600x1200. The drop is pretty large, below that of the Radeon 9800 Pro and almost on-par with the Radeon 9700 Pro.

    Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory AA and AF Performance

    The Wolfenstein: ET anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering test scores are a bit different than either of the standard results, and the XFX GeForce FX 5900 Ultra manages to stay in its usual spot of just behind the Radeon 9800 XT, but ahead of the Radeon 9800 Pro.

    Comanche 4 Performance

    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 benchmark tests were run in 32-bit mode, with sound disabled.

    The Comanche 4 test scores mimic those of Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, with the XFX GeForce FX 5900 Ultra once again taking the top spot at 1280x1024, but also falling back to Radeon 9800 Pro levels at 1600x1200. This overall scores are still pretty tight, owing to the CPU-dependence of this benchmark.

    Comanche 4 AA and AF Performance

    The Comanche 4 AA and AF benchmarking is a bit surprising, and falls back to the same trends as in standard 1280x1024 testing. The XFX GeForce FX 5900 Ultra is at the top of the chart, and the new drivers seem to show much better scaling with CPU-limited benchmarks like Comanche 4.


    Page 1 The XFX GeForce FX 5900 Ultra 256-MB Card
    Page 2 Performance and Test System
    Page 3 Quake 3 & Return to Castle Wolfenstein Performance
  • Page 4 Wolfenstein: ET & Comanche 4 Performance
    Page 5 3DMark 2001SE Pro & Code Creatures Performance
    Page 6 Unreal Tournament 2003 Performance
    Page 7 3DMark 2003 & GunMetal Performance
    Page 8 AquaMark 3 Performance & Benchmark Analysis
    Page 9 Image Quality, Value and Conclusion

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