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

Est. Street Price: ~$450

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Introducing: Aquamark 3

Benchmarkers rejoice! We have a new DirectX 9 benchmark to play with! And this one is a fully featured suite that is easy to use, and stresses today's systems like crazy. Don't believe me? Have a look at the default test, which runs at 1024x768 with no advanced filtering:

That's what I'm talking about! At this level, the 9800's perform exactly the same, so we know we're not benefitting from the extra memory or memory speed. The 5900 keeps up with ATI's leftovers. Let's crank on some filtering and see what happens...

Things are pretty even again here, but the 9700 falls behind by quite a bit. Now we'll crank the filtering to the maximum capabilities of the Radeon hardware, and see how the different models compare at this level:

With full filtering, we see the same ratio as before. What is interesting is that you can crank the filtering beyond 'medium' and not suffer too much performance-wise.

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