The Test

We decided to focus solely on how graphics card selection impacts the framerate of Doom 3 using the built in timedemo utility and prerecorded demo1.demo benchmark. This was done in the interest of getting useable data out as soon as possible. We are currently playing with recording our own demos and testing other aspects of the game. From what we've seen so far, it seems like demo1 and the timedemo utility report an accurate picture of performance.

In order to eliminate as much bottleneck as possible from the system, we went with our overclocked FX53 in the 939 platform. After having gathered data for this and other reviews we are working on, our overclock may have had more impact if we had pushed the RAM of the system rather than the multiplier of our processor. But that's another article.

 Performance Test Configuration
Processor(s): AMD Athlon 64 FX53 (oc to 2.6GHz)
RAM: 2 x 512Mb OCZ 3500 Platinum Ltd (2:3:2:10)
Hard Drives Seagate 120GB 7200 RPM (8MB Buffer)
Video AGP & IDE Bus Master Drivers VIA Hyperion 4.51
Video Card(s): NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra Extreme
NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra
NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT
NVIDIA GeForce 6800
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5950
ATI Radeon X800 XT Platinum Ed.
ATI Radeon X800 Pro
ATI Radeon 9800 XT
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700 Ultra
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128
ATI Radeon 9700 Pro
ATI Radeon 9600 XT
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5500
ATI Radeon 9200
NVIDIA GeForce 4 Ti 4400
Video Drivers: ATI Catalyst 4.7
NVIDIA ForceWare 61.77
Operating System(s): Windows XP Professional SP1
Motherboards: MSI MS-6702E (VIA K8T800 Pro Chipset)


Our tests are divided into sections that reflect the general performance capabilities of the cards tested. For example, High End consists of current generation cards such as the X800 Pro and 6800, Low end consists of much older or very low performance cards like the GF4 Ti 4400 and the Radeon 9200. Midrange is essentially everything in between and is the largest category with the most tests.

Index High End Tests: Tourney
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  • Xtian - Tuesday, August 03, 2004 - link

    I think it is about time to benchmark using common resolution settings. Most people with LCD screens want to run their games at the native
    1280x1024 resolution of their LCDs.
    So, will my 128MB radeon 9700 (non pro) be able to run the game at 1280x1024 ? Anyone who knows ?
    /Xtian
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  • gmenfan - Tuesday, August 03, 2004 - link

    How do you run the timedemo included with the game? Also, does anybody know the command to raise the refresh rate. Reply
  • Pollock - Tuesday, August 03, 2004 - link

    I'm getting very depressed...I have a GeForce2 MX that I got for free from my friend... Reply
  • Drayvn - Tuesday, August 03, 2004 - link

    Would you be able to use the 4.9 beta catalyst drivers, supposedly they are for the doom3 performance issues? Reply
  • RuStYwAvE - Tuesday, August 03, 2004 - link

    Why do you guys want to see the benchmarks on a gf4 4200 and ati 8500.
    4200 is slightly underclock 4400 so subtract a few framerates and the ati 8500 should perform better then a ati 9200 since it has a higher core and memory speed.
    Also i think the old geforce3 and geforce3 ti 500 is much better then a geforce fx 5200 and is equilivalent to a 5200 ultra and 5600 just under a geforce4 4200.
    Reply
  • Bonesdad - Tuesday, August 03, 2004 - link

    All this and you didn't test the much loved GF4 4200??? I believe this card to be much more popular than the 4400 and I also believe many more of us currently own one... Reply
  • implicit1 - Tuesday, August 03, 2004 - link

    I think something is wrong in the High Quality Med Res benchmark as well. The 9800xt is being beaten by the 9800pro, maybe the numbers are switched around? Reply
  • cliffa3 - Tuesday, August 03, 2004 - link

    in response to the laptop question, if it burned out a vid card, don't play with it sitting on your lap...geez.

    Seriously tho, the thinkpads are an awesome line...the only way to go imo. You might want to wait until the mobility 9800s come out if you want a real desktop replacement for gaming...don't know if they'll show up in the thinkpad line anytime soon (or at all). I know there was a news clip a while back on anandtech about it, you might want to dig and find that.
    Reply
  • DerekWilson - Tuesday, August 03, 2004 - link

    VortigernRed -- you were exactly right -- copied the wrong numbers over in my sleep haze.

    Its fixed now.
    Reply
  • Lucid484 - Tuesday, August 03, 2004 - link

    What about my GeForce 2 Ti!!!!! Which is OC to 300CPU/505RAM ...eh id prolly only get 5 fps anyway! Reply

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