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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [10.01.02]
Manufactured by: AMD
Price: $349 (per 1000)

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AquaMark

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...

All gaming tests will be run at 640x480 so we are not limited by the video card used (in all honesty, we could probably get away with a higher res on the 9700 Pro, but we'll stick with this for now).

AMD wins our first gaming test, let's see if the trend continues with other games...

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.

Things even up quite a bit in Comanche.  I don't think I've ever seen the frame rate go higher than 55 fps or so.

Serious Sam:SE

SS:SE looks almost exactly like the first Serious Sam. The levels look the same, most of the monsters and weapons are the same... The only reason this wasn't an expansion is because both titles are budget titles... Still, we always like to use the latest games for testing, and the SS Engine has quite a few advanced features.  We ran the "default.ini" script, at 640x480 in 'speed' mode, to put the entire workload on the CPUs.

Serious Sam has ALWAYS favoured AMD CPU's, just as Quake 3 tends to favour Intel's chips.

Unreal Tournament 2002 Demo

FINALLY the smaller sites get to use UT to benchmark! UT is THE latest and greatest game engine out today.  The game itself is little more than a technology demo, in my opinion, but that makes it all the better for benchmarking!

We are using HardOCP's benchmarking script (download it here, you can read about the script and how it works here).  We ran the "Low Quality" tests, and are only recording the 1024x768 results.

Citadel and Antalus tend to be the more Video Card-bound demos, while Asbestos should give us the best indication of CPU speed in the game, which happens to go to Intel this time.  It is a very small performance gap however, considering the difference in CPU speed.

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