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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [10.02.03]
Manufactured by: PowerColor 

Est. Street Price: ~$450

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3dMark 03

Yes, we're using it. Ignore it if you want. NVIDIA is part of the beta program, so they should have absolutely no problems with these numbers. Many will question whether the numbers are invalid due to driver cheating... Well you can question every other benchmark if you want! I find 3dMark 03 to be quite useful (as long as you pay attention to the numbers themselves, and not the final score alone) as a means of reproducing 'paper spec' environments, and determining strengths and weaknesses of the cards themselves, which should show up across the board in real games.

We'll start with the 'game tests'

And there they are; the all important 'game tests' in 3dMark 03. It's easy to see that the GeForceFX is quite strong in these tests. The 5900, which is priced similar to the 9800 PRO (128mb), manages to handle it quite well. The extra RAM and increased memory speed aren't doing much for the Pro 256 just yet...

Let's have a look at the fill rate performance:

With 8 pixel pipelines each, the Radeons have no trouble handling the 5900. The 9800 Pro and Pro 256 should be identical; I'd call these results within the margin of error.

And with 2 texture units instead of 1, the GeForceFX pulls ahead in Multi Texturing fill rate performance. How this relates in real world gaming remains to be seen...

Oh yeah, here is the final score, for those that care:

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