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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [01.21.04]
Manufactured by: ATI

Est. Street Price: $180-190

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3dMark 03

We like to start off with theoretical numbers from 3dMark 03. Of course this will NOT be the only benchmark we use, and I truly believe that this is a good benchmark to show relevant performance results when used correctly. Both ATI and NVIDIA are a part of the 3dMark beta program, so neither one can complain about it being used in a review.

I will note, however, that the 53.03 drivers we are using for the 5700 Ultra are not listed under Futuremark's "Reviewed and Approved Drivers" list. These drivers are brand new from NVIDIA, so they probably have yet to be tested. I ran the tests using the approved 52.16 drivers, and the results were nearly the same.

Anyway, we'll start off with the 'game tests'

The 5700 Ultra does very well in most of the game tests, being edged ever so slightly in the last two. Those being so close, we have to call them ties. We can clearly say the 9600XT doesn't do very well in these tests compared to its old competition. Of course that means nothing at all, but I know some people care about such things ;)

3dMark is much more useful to show theoretical numbers, so let's have a look at some of those:

ATI cards almost ALWAYS do better in MultiTexturing, and that's certainly the case here. The 5700 Ultra fares better in the Single Texturing test, although the results are quite a bit closer there.

Again, the Radeon PS2.0 engine is faster than the GFFX.

For those that care, here is the final 3dMark 03 score:

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