The ATI 9800XT GPU is the current king of performance, as a lot of benchmark results have showed in the past (Anandtech
); We are going to take a look at what kind of performance and image quality increase you can expect when upgrading to this speedy video card.
We will put it head to head with the video card which took the first spot in the DX8 performance graphs when it was released, the nVidia Geforce 4 Ti4600. It does not have support for the advanced features of DirectX 9.
What games did we test?Chrome (DX8 , some DX9 effects)
GTA3 Vice City (Pure DX8 game)
Halo: Combat Evolved (DX9 support)
Need for Speed: Underground (DX9 support)
Call Of Duty (OpenGL game)
Far Cry (DX9 support)
more? suggest here
On the software side of things, we used Windows XP SP1 and the Catalyst 4.2 drivers for the Radeon and nVidia's ForceWare drivers version 53.03 for our GF4 Ti4600.
FRAPS 2.0 was used for the screenshots and measuring average performance.
AF = Anisotropic Filtering
FSAA = Full Scene Anti Aliasing
Off we go ->