6. 3DMark 2003
Club3D X850 XT - 06 - 3DMark 2003
3D Mark is a widely used and accepted benchmark that stresses the DirectX performance of a VGA card. A very strong point of 3DMark is that it's VGA card measuring is does not require any CPU power. So the resulting fps are a good reference a VGA card's rendering performance. For testing the performance of each card we used the 4 game benchmarks 3DMark has.
3Dmark03 also includes sound and CPU tests as well as some other feature tests.
- Game Test 1 - Wings of Fury (DX7)
This test is a combat flight simulator written for older hardware (DirectX 7). Particles are used a lot in this test - smoke and vapor trails, flak and gunfire, and explosions are produced using point sprites and quads.
- Game Test 2 - Battle of Proxycon (DX8)
This test is a simulation of first person shooter game types. 1.1 and 1.4 Vertex shaders are widely used since all character models are skinned using vertex shaders.This makes this test a good vertex shader comparison for VGA cards.
- Game Test 3 - Trolls' Lair (DX8)
This test should be the favorite of all RPG lovers. It is a cut scene of a female warrior facing two malicious trolls. Again the same vertex and pixel processing is used as in game test 2.
- Game Test 4 - Mother Nature (DX9)
Mother nature represents the level of effects and realism that are possible using 2.0 vertex and pixel shaders, plus some other features that DirectX 9 offers.
The Club3D X850 XT starts off hot on the heels of the XT PE from Connect3D in the first test, which is mostly limited by CPU performance. However, in the next tests the higher clock speeds of the Connect3D begin to show some difference.
- 3DMark Official score
If you test your machine with 3DMark you can post the results at 3DMark's online result browser. For more information visit futuremark.com.
3DMark03 offers a larger scale of results as its game tests are getting outdated and too light to stress test the latest cards. Therefore, the X850XT falls behind by 650 marks from the PE card from Connect3D.