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Reviewed by: Ed Lau [07.29.03]
Manufactured by: Hightech Information Systems

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Results (cont.)

While we wait for Aquamark 3.0 and it's complete DirectX9 support, Aquamark is still great for DirectX8 testing.

While we see only a very small gap at 1024x768, we see it widen as we approach the magic 1600x1200 resolution. At 1024x768, the results may be limited by my 1700+ @ 2400+ and therefore, is not as clean an indicator of performance difference as results at a higher resolution.  Again, the 9800 Pro pulls out a nice margin of improvement.

Codecreatures is starting to look less scary by the day as video cards exponentially improve. It seems like just yesterday when this DirectX benchmark would bring a good high end rig to its knees, pulling a meager 15 or so at 1024x768.

While the scores don't double that of the competition like when we first took a look at the 9700 Pro, the 9800 Pro maintains its consistency, improving on 9700 Pro performance by roughly 15-20%.

It's actually rather strange when you first look at this chart since you see almost zero improvement from the 9800 Pro over the 9700 Pro. In fact, in two out of the three tests, the 9700 Pro actually squeezes by the 9800 Pro and pulls out a slight lead. As with Aquamark, this benchmark is very much so limited by the rest of my test rig and we probably would not see much of a difference in performance unless we were running it at 1600x1200 on a totally top of the line system.

This was done in 32-bit color, sound on, with 16x anisotropic filtering. Again, the cards pull even until the test hits 1600x1200, where the 9700 Pro takes a slight dip.

Now, with Quake III, I can't really tell if it's CPU limited or what at 1024x768 but I don't think it goes too much higher than the roughly 310fps that it was running at. Talk about motion sickness...

At the higher resolutions, you can see the 9800 Pro take about a 5-10% lead over the 9700 Pro.

Now, this is the first time we've tried using the Splinter Cell benchmark and it's a fairly graphics stress inducing tool. Using the "The Caspian Oil Refinery" benchmark (thanks to the guys over at Beyond3D, by the way), Splinter Cell takes advantage of the card's advanced pixel shader abilities when representing the surface of the sea surrounding the oil platform. Again, thanks to the 9800 Pro's improved pixel shader abilities, the 9800 Pro takes an approximate 10% lead over the 9700 Pro.

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