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Reviewed by: Bryan Pizzuti, Carl Nelson [02.24.03]
Card Manufacturer: Powercolor
GPU Manufacturer: SiS
MSRP: $125

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While the Xabre's 3dMark 2001 performance doesn't even come close to the GeForce4TI4200, we still want to see how the Xabre's performance and quality modes affect it's performance.

WOAH!  Throw these performance drivers into "Performance" mode and they take off!  Fill rate in performance mode, if you'll look back, come up to EQUAL to that of the TI4200 in multitexture mode, at least theoretically.  Also, both shader setups gain a small performance boost. For the most part, though, the rest of the performance readings are way below TI4200 levels.

There's no noticeable loss in quality in performance mode that I could see while a game was going, but just because it isn't discernable doesn't mean it's not there.  We'll take a closer look at rendering in all 3 modes and their image quality later.  Another thing we'll find out is what quality mode might be doing to reduce performance by such a small amount, and whether or not it might be worthwhile to use either quality or balanced modes, especially considering the Xabre's low performance overall.


Futuremark (along with ATI and NVIDIA) have certainly stirred up quite a bit of controversy surrounding the release of this benchmark.  There are allegations that it's biased toward ATI cards, and that it doesn't use an effective game engine, and it only uses DirectX9 features minimally (and guess who brought those allegations up).  We have read about all of these issues, and have decided that, while we will test with 3DMark2003 and provide our full results, we won't be concentrating so much on the "3DMark" score.  Of course, we will still provide it, for curiosity:

Not unlike 3DMark 2001, the Xabre600 is completely crushed by the similarly priced (note that I keep saying this) Ti4200.  We still have to look at exactly why...

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