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Reviewed By: Carl Nelson [02.02.02]
Manufactured by: AMD, Intel
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3DMark 2000

We're going to visit 3DMark 2000 again to run the full test.  3DMark 2000 is a DirectX 7 based synthetic benchmark.  Pretty much every video card on the market will support the features tested in here, and by now, advanced graphics cards are no longer going to be the bottleneck.

3DMark 2000 should be a good test to indicate gaming performance in most DirectX games available today.  We are just starting to see games using advanced DX8.1 functions, however, and as more people own cards such as the Radeon 8500 and GeForce 3, we are going to see more very soon.  Until then, 3DMark 2000 lives on.

Another tie! What can I say besides this is the highest 3DMark 2000 result I've ever personally seen :) 3DMark 2001 should vary things a bit more.

3DMark 2001

3DMark 2001 is a DirectX 8 based benchmark, and makes use of such advanced features as vertex shaders, pixel shaders, point sprites, and various forms of bump mapping.  If you don't have a GF3 or Radeon 8500, stay home kids.

3DMark also makes use of whatever advanced CPU features are available, and once again this allows the Pentium 4 to pull out into the lead.  So far we can say that the P4 is the better platform for highly advanced gaming engines.


Similar to 3DMark, GLMark is a demo-based video benchmarking system.  Unlike 3DMark, it uses OpenGL rather than DirectX.  It supports some advanced OpenGL functions, and some GeForce 3 specific functions.  Unlike 3DMark, GLMark gives a final score based on framerate and has no theoretical tests.  Again, the Pentium 4 goes into the lead.

Let's see if this trend continues with real world games...

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