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    ASUS AX800 XT 256-MB Review
    By Vince Freeman :  October 28, 2004

    Quake 3: Arena Performance

    Quake 3 is the de facto 3D game benchmark here at Sharky Extreme, and due to its highly repeatable results, it is still one of the most popular methods of comparing different video cards. In this test suite we match up the video cards using version 1.30 and the included demo Four. Quake 3 benchmarks were run with the default High Quality video options and the in-game detail levels ramped to maximum in our MAX setting.

    Quake 3 may be old school, but it is a demon at scaling and remains an excellent judge of raw, no-frills 3D performance. The ASUS AX800 XT is right at the top of the chart at 1280x1024, but falls back a bit once we hit 1600x1200. This is a bit surprising, especially given that both of the high-end NVIDIA cards maintain a higher-than 400 fps score. Quake 3 also shows a nice separation between the high-end, current enthusiast-level cards and last-generation products like the Radeon 9800XT and GeForce FX 5950 Ultra.

    Quake 3: Arena AA and AF Performance

    When we get into the higher-end 4X AA and 8X AF settings, the ASUS AX800 XT falls back a bit from the GeForce 6800-based cards. These are pretty serious framerate discrepancies, and may show that the AF and AA performance of the newer ATI cards are tuned far better for the newer games. That's where the majority of our coverage will be as well, but it is still interesting to check out the no-frills 3D performance in games like Quake 3.

    Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory Performance

    Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory has made a few revisions to the basic RtCW design, as well as solidifying the features support. The benchmark setup is the same as Quake 3, with high quality defaults 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 much tougher workload.

    The standard Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory benchmark results are bunched quite close together, and there's really not a lot of separation, even down to the Radeon 9800XT and GeForce FX 5950 Ultra. There is really just a slight difference between the ASUS AX800 XT and the GeForce 6800-based cards, and the newer models do start moving ahead of the last-gen cards at 1600x1200.

    Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory AA and AF Performance

    Once we rack up the 4X AA and 8X AF settings, Wolf: ET starts to separate the men from the boys. The high-end, enthusiast-level boards move out to a significant lead, and the ASUS AX800 XT and GeForce 6800 Ultra are in a tight race. The AX800 XT does fall just back of the top NVDIA card, but still manages to slide ahead of the GeForce 6800 GT.

    Page 1 The ASUS AX800 XT (X800 XT Platinum) 256-MB Card
    Page 2 Performance and Test System
  • Page 3 Quake 3 and Wolfenstein: ET Performance
    Page 4 Unreal Tournament 2003 and 2004 Performance
    Page 5 DOOM 3 and Halo: Combat Evolved Performance
    Page 6 X2 Demo & Comanche 4 Performance
    Page 7 FarCry and AquaMark 3 Performance
    Page 8 3DMark 2005 Standard & Feature Performance
    Page 9 Benchmark Analysis, Value and Conclusion

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