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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [08.26.02]
Manufactured by: Intel
Price: $546 (street)

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Direct3D Gaming: 3DMark 2001:SE

To kick of the D3D tests, we'll start with 3DMark 2001. 3DMark 2001 SE 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 at LEAST a GF3 or Radeon 8500, stay home kids. We used the latest build 330 which fixes a bunch of bugs and adds AGP8X support.

The Ti4200 is keeping the scores from the 10% performance increase, but I like to include the default test anyway.  We are going to start disclosing our 3DMark 2001 scores so you can compare them to your own.  Here you can check out the 2.53 score and the 2.8 score.

Comanche 4

Comanche 4 is a somewhat-nice looking DirectX 8-based benchmark, based directly on Novalogic's game. While Comanche 4 isn't the best looking, or playing game, it is the latest flight-sim based engine to include benchmarking capabilities.


AquaMark, based on the German game AquaNox, was one of the first DirectX 8 benchmarks available, right when the GeForce 3 was launched. It still comes in handy today, and is still quite a taxing engine...

The 10% speed bump is showing up in our D3D game tests, let's see if the same thing happens over in OpenGL...

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