Aquamark3, 3DMark

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Aquamark3, 3DMark

Asus Radeon 9800XT/TVD - Graphics Cards 97 Aquamark 3

Aquamark 3 has become one of the popular alternatives to 3DMark. This benchmark uses the Krass Engine which is used to power Massive Development’s Aquanox 2 game. The benchmark uses many DirectX 9 features and therefore is a good measurement of DX9 capabilities and comparing it to other similarly configured systems.

Benchmark Configuration
Resolution 1024×768
AA None
AF 4x

Asus Radeon 9800XT/TVD - Graphics Cards 98

 
Asus Radeon 9800XT
NVIDIA FX5950 Ultra
Softmod R9500
Score
43374
42822
33235
Average FPS
43.37
42.82
33.24
Min FPS
12.60
15.28
8.47
Max FPS
120
117
117

The Asus Radeon 9800XT does really well here in Aquamark. But even though it nets a score 1000 pts. higher than the FX5950 Ultra, the actual difference in frames per second appear minimal. Comparing the Average FPS, the FX5950 Ultra and the Asus R9800XT are essentially identical (less than 1 FPS apart). The 9800XT scores an average 10 FPS higher than the softmod Radeon 9500 which gives us an idea of the performance difference between the top-end Asus compared to mid-range ATI products.

Aquamark being a DirectX 9 benchmark, shows that the Asus Radeon 9800XT is comfortable running its features and should translate into good DX9 performance in games.

 

Asus Radeon 9800XT/TVD - Graphics Cards 99 Futuremark 3DMark 03 v340 and 3DMark 2001SE

Even though the relevance of this benchmark is debatable now that we are seeing a lot more DirectX 9 games being released, it remains a good method of comparing results between systems. 3DMark 03 uses a combination of DirectX 7, DirectX 8, and a small sampling of DirectX 9. Therefore it is a good indication on how it would perform in some older games of games that have a small quantity of DirectX 9 features.

Asus Radeon 9800XT/TVD - Graphics Cards 100

 

Asus Radeon 9800XT

NVIDIA FX5950 Ultra

Softmod R9500

3DMark Score

6276

5086
4429
GT1 – Wings of Fury (FPS)
193.97
190.44
162.90
GT2 – Battle of Proxycon (FPS)
44.85
34.75
28.65
GT3 – Troll’s Lair (FPS)
38.32
30.47
26.07
GT4 – Mother Nature (FPS)
36.13
25.22
24.64
Fill Rate (Single-Texturing, MTexels/s)
1830.06
1509.95
1304.32
Fill Rate (Multi-Texturing, MTexels/s)
2820.22
3311.82
1983.93
Vertex Shader (FPS)
19.68
13.29
13.28
Pixel Shader 2.0
52.36
51.03
37.36
Ragtroll (FPS)
28.83
19.07
18.23

Here we can see the Asus pull ahead of NVIDIA’s reference card. In GT2-GT4 which uses more advanced shaders and DX8 and DX9 (compared to GT1), the Asus has a significant lead of about 10 FPS against the FX5950U. In fact, the Asus Radeon 9800XT/TVD beats the FX5950 Ultra in every test except for multi-textured fill-rate.

I have included 3DMark 2001SE results as a last-minute addition to this article. Someone had asked via email to post these results, so here they are! I won’t say much about them since those of you looking for these numbers know what to do with them. 🙂

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