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    ATI Radeon X700 Pro 256-MB Review
    By Vince Freeman :  September 22, 2004

    DOOM 3 Performance

    DOOM 3 is a game that needs no introduction, and continues in a long line of id Software Quake and DOOM first-person shooters. This latest installment is one serious 3D game test, including potentially the highest-end graphics yet seen on the PC. It is also a different type of game benchmark, especially compared to Quake 3, and it has an almost total reliance on the 3D video card for high-end framerate results. This limits its use in system or CPU testing, but makes DOOM 3 a killer 3D video card benchmark.

    There's really no contest in the DOOM 3 testing, and the Radeon X700 Pro takes the lead in both 1280x1024 and 1600x1200 benchmark testing. These results are noticeably higher than even the Radeon 9800 Pro, and only the GeForce FX 5900 Ultra is even close. These are also very nice scores for the mainstream class, especially compared to last-generation ATI cards.

    DOOM 3 AA and AF Performance

    Increasing detail levels to 2X AA and 4X AF allows the Radeon X700 Pro to maintain its lead over the GeForce FX 5900 Ultra, although both cards finish in a tie at 4X AA and 8X AF. This may well be a system-limitation for mainstream graphics testing, as it's surprising that, given the previous results, the NVIDIA card would suddenly make up the ground.

    FarCry Performance

    FarCry is a hot new first-person shooter that takes in-game graphics to the next level, although in a different direction than DOOM 3. Instead of darkness and confined spaces, FarCry places you outdoors, on bright sandy beaches, jungles or even on the water itself. This game gives our video cards a different kind of a stress test, and rest assured that FarCry ranks up there with the very toughest 3D game benchmarks. For this test, we are using the full retail version, and the include in-game demo.

    Standard FarCry benchmarking shows us another clear victory for ATI and their Radeon X700 Pro, with a noticeable performance advantage at both 1280x1024 and 1600x1200. The 50+ fps mark at 1280x1024 is the most impressive, as this score ranks up there with higher-end video cards.

    FarCry AA and AF Performance

    FarCry with higher anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering options really puts the pressure on our graphics cards, but the Radeon X700 Pro maintains its performance lead, even at the demanding 4X AA and 8X AF setting.

    Page 1 The ATI Radeon X700 Pro 256-MB PCIe Card
    Page 2 Performance and Test Systems
    Page 3 Quake 3 and Wolfenstein: ET Performance
    Page 4 Unreal Tournament 2003 and 2004 Performance
  • Page 5 DOOM 3 and FarCry Performance
    Page 6 X2 Demo & Halo:Combat Evolved Performance
    Page 7 Benchmark Analysis, Value and Conclusion

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