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Reviewed by: Bryan Pizzuti [04.22.02]
Manufactured by: Chaintech


Synthetic Benchmarks

DirectX7 - 3DMark2000

Though it's a couple of years old now, 3DMark2000 isn't going anywhere, being the acknowledged standard in testing DirectX7 performance. After running all tests, we received the following results:

The Kyro2 core clearly shows it's age's not even able to come close to the TI200's advanced GPU core. Even though most of the additions and enhancements to the GF3 GPU concerned adding DirectX8 functions, things like Occlusion culling and the Crossbar memory controller certainly helped here.

DirectX8 - 3DMark2001SE

Even this mark is over a year old at this point, but since no new functions have been added to video cards recently, nor has there been a new DirectX version, MadOnion's 3DMark2001SE is the throne that all video cards should be aspiring for to support future games.

After receiving the final mark scores, which were truthfully not a surprise, considering the Kyro core's lack of hardware support for pixel and vertex shaders, we decided to break things down and get the measured fill-rate of these cards. They measured up as follows:

The TI200 has nearly 4 times the theoretical fill rate of the similarly-clocked Kyro2, however, how that translates in the real world is always a question, since actual fill rate almost never reaches theoretical fill rate in certain situations.

Z-Occlusion Culling - VillageMark

This mark, just to get it out of the way, was written and made available from PowerVR. Which means the following results shouldn't be a surprise:

The Kyro2 runs away with the win in it's own benchmark, obviously. This mark doesn't look like much, but all of the scenes in it, while not many polygons are VISIBLE, there are a LOT that you don't see; all of the buildings and houses are fully 3D structures with a ton of invisible polygons. The Kyro series of GPUs have always had the most advanced hidden surface removal processes in the graphics card industry, but when you consider that this is NVIDIA's first stab at doing it's own hardware version of this, it didn't do too badly. To see for yourself, when we wrote our original review of the Kyro2, we benchmarked it against a GF2MX on a similarly configured system (different operating system), and the results can be seen here.

OpenGL - Vulpine GLMark

This benchmark includes an incredible amount of detail, and is one of the more pleasing benchmarks to actually sit through and watch the whole thing. Besides that, it DOES stress the graphics card a lot to see how well it handles OpenGL operations. The demo allows added GeForce3 features to be used, but while I ran it under the TI200 both ways, the results were within 2% of each other; so I am including the "level playing field" test results here.

Clearly, the TI200 SE runs far FAR away with this test, and the poor Kyro2 can only sit back and watch.

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