As you can expect, we didn't have any problems with NVIDIA's latest Detonator drivers (29.42) and the latest build of UT2003.

Surprisingly enough, Matrox's latest Parhelia drivers actually worked better than ATI's CATALYST drivers under UT2003. The problem with ATI's publicly available CATALYST drivers is that Detailed Textures aren't properly supported, meaning they won't be rendered and anywhere that they are used you'll run into annoying flashing textures. ATI has fixed the issue internally and it looks like that latest 7.73 drivers that have been leaked contain the fix as well. We're hoping that they'll make this fix into an official CATALYST release before the official release of the UT2003 demo.

We didn't run into any problems with the Kyro II drivers either; we used version 15.084 from Hercules' website.

The Test

Windows XP Professional Test Bed
Hardware Configuration
AMD Athlon XP 2100+ (1.73GHz)
133.3MHz x 13.0
EPoX 8K3A+ BIOS Revision 8k3a2328 - 3/28/2002
VIA KT333 Chipset
1 x 256MB DDR266 CAS2 Corsair DIMM
Hard Drive
80GB Maxtor D740X
Video Cards (Drivers)

ATI Radeon 7500 (64MB) - v7.73
ATI Radeon 8500 (128MB) - v7.73
ATI Radeon 8500 (64MB) - v7.73
ATI Radeon 8500LE (128MB) - v7.73
Matrox Parhelia (128MB) - v2.26
NVIDIA GeForce2 MX 200 (32MB) - v29.42
NVIDIA GeForce2 MX 400 (32MB) - v29.42
NVIDIA GeForce2 Pro (64MB) - v29.42
NVIDIA GeForce2 Ultra (64MB) - v29.42
NVIDIA GeForce3 (64MB) - v29.42
NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti 200 (64MB) - v29.42
NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti 500 (64MB) - v29.42
NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 (64MB) - v29.42
NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 460 (64MB) - v29.42
NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200 (128MB) - v29.42
NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200 (64MB) - v29.42
NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4400 (128MB) - v29.42
NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4600 (128MB) - v29.42
ST Micro Kyro II (64MB) - v15.084

The Contenders Memory Bandwidth Comparison

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