Unreal Tournament 2003 includes a benchmark program that automatically tests in two separate gaming modes. The one we're going to be looking at is Flyby, which takes a canned tour of the UT game world, then offers up a framerate score and really hammers both the CPU and video card. The Botmatch performance results are no longer used in our reviews, and we leave that portion of the testing for the improved Unreal Tournament 2004 engine to supply.
Unreal Tournament 2003 is another of our older game tests, and we again see the Biostar GeForce 7900 GT displaying excellent performance levels. As is quickly becoming standard procedure, the Biostar card manages to slip just ahead of the GeForce 7800 GTX, while leaving the mainstream cards like the Radeon X1600 XT and GeForce 6800 GS in the virtual dust. This is still a relatively easy game test, and we will have to see how the higher detail settings affect relative performance against both the mainstream and high-end competition.
Once the game detail levels are increased to 4X AA and 8X AF levels, we do find some definite separation between the Biostar GeForce 7900 GT and all of the mainstream contenders. Now, a video card like the GeForce 7600 GT has to take a back seat to the higher-end models, and the Biostar GeForce 7900 GT 256MB remains the top performer in that area as well.
Unreal Tournament 2004 is an upgraded version of the popular UT series, and includes support for Botchmatch demos. This is the next step for Unreal Tournament graphics and performance, and is another serious test for current video cards. For this benchmark, we've used the BenchemAll GUI interface with the following options and settings: average of 3 Botmatch maps and maximum detail graphics.
The Unreal Tournament 2004 Botmatch benchmarking again shows the GeForce 7900 GT posting the top scores, but while the 1280x1024 results are bunched close together, the Biostar card shows exceptional performance at 1600x1200.
The news only gets better when the Unreal Tournament 2004 detail settings are increased to 4X AA and 8X AF levels. Under this scenario, the Biostar GeForce 7900 GT 256MB breaks away from the mainstream crowd, and even takes it to some of the high-end cards. The GeForce 7800 GTX manages to stay a very close second, and the Biostar GeForce 7900 GT cannot build up too much of a lead.