The Test

For the testing, we used the same systems as were used for the GeForce 2 GTS review, with updated drivers. In the case of the Radeon, we tested with the shipping drivers with V-sync disabled as well as "Convert 32-bit textures to 16-bit" turned off. We only tested on one platform because we are comparing the performance of the drivers not the video cards themselves.

We left out the 800 x 600 scores since they didn't really show anything with these cards other than a small drop in performance when compared to 640 x 480 frame rates.

Windows 98 SE Test System

Hardware

CPU(s) Intel Pentium III 550E AMD Athlon (Thunderbird) 1GHz
Motherboard(s) AOpen AX6BCPro Gold ABIT KT7-RAID
Memory 128MB PC133 Corsair SDRAM (Micron -7E Chips)
Hard Drive

IBM Deskstar DPTA-372050 20.5GB 7200 RPM Ultra ATA 66

CDROM

Phillips 48X

Video Card(s)

3dfx Voodoo5 5500 AGP 64MB
3dfx Voodoo5 4500 AGP 32MB

ATI Radeon 64MB DDR

ATI Rage Fury MAXX 64MB

Matrox Millennium G400MAX 32MB

NVIDIA GeForce 2 MX 32MB SDR (default clock 175/166)
NVIDIA GeForce 2 GTS 32MB DDR (default clock - 200/166 DDR)
NVIDIA GeForce 256 32MB DDR (default clock - 120/150 DDR)
NVIDIA GeForce 256 32MB SDR (default clock - 120/166)

NVIDIA Riva TNT2 Ultra 32MB (default clock - 150/183)

S3 Diamond Viper II 32MB

Ethernet

Linksys LNE100TX 100Mbit PCI Ethernet Adapter

Software

Operating System

Windows 98 SE

Video Drivers

3dfx Voodoo5 5500 AGP 64MB - final drivers v1.00.01
3dfx Voodoo5 4500 AGP 32MB - final drivers v1.00.01

ATI Rage Fury MAXX 64MB - A6.40CD06
ATI Radeon 64MB DDR - 4.12_3050

Matrox Millennium G400MAX 32MB - 6.00.010 Beta

NVIDIA GeForce2 MX 32MB SDR - Detonator3 6.17
NVIDIA GeForce2 GTS 32MB DDR - Detonator3 6.17
NVIDIA GeForce 256 32MB DDR - Detonator3 6.17
NVIDIA GeForce 256 32MB SDR - Detonator3 6.17
NVIDIA Riva TNT2 Ultra 32MB - Detonator3 6.17

S3 Diamond Viper II 32MB - 4.12.01.9006-9.51.01

Benchmarking Applications

Gaming

GT Interactive Unreal Tournament 4.04 AnandTech.dem
idSoftware Quake III Arena demo001.dm3

NVIDIA's Testing "Suggestion" OpenGL Performance - Quake III Arena - 1GHz Thunderbird

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