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Reviewed by: Bryan Pizzuti [03.09.03]
Edited by: Carl Nelson

Card manufacturer: Powercolor
GPU Manufacturer: ATI

MSRP: $370
Street: $240-290

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DirectX9 - 3DMark03

This is (supposedly) the latest and greatest benchmark, though there are some sites and companies that have their problems with the way it was written.  If you'd like you can easily find any of this information for yourself (we suggest reading this article), but we're very interested in the results from this test, in order to test DirectX9 rendering.

And here are the full test results:

The results we are most concerned about here include the avg FPS for Game4, which is the Full DirectX9 test, and the Pixel and Vertex shader tests, and the Ragtroll test, which measures high-level physics modeling.

Once again, with the texturing results, we see the results of architecture choices; the TI4200’s 4 pipelines are better suited to multitexturing (where the score is closer), whereas the RADEON does better in single texturing, but only has one texture unit per pipe, producing a wider single texturing margin. 

It's interesting to note that, when it was first introduced, one of the original RADEON series' big "sell me" features was actually having THREE texture units per pipeline.  And, since then, they've come all the way down to only one, while NVIDIA has stayed steady at 2 per pipe (The word around the Internet is that, while the GeForceFX will advertise an 8x1 architecture like the 9700, it will operate more like a 4 pipe, 2 texture unit per pipe architecture. We'll see when we get one).

The results in this test should NOT be any sort of a shock, since this is what the 9700Pro was designed to do.  The real question is: how long will 4290 hold on as one of the highest 3DMark03 scores around?

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