AA & Anisotropic Filtering Performance - Unreal Tournament 2003

What good is the Radeon 9700 Pro if it only excels at 1600x1200? For those of you with monitors that aren't capable of going that high, the Radeon 9700 Pro provides a different option. Instead of increasing the resolution, keep it set at 1024x768 but crank up some of the features. If you're spending $399 on a video card you should be able to run at 4X AA with 16X anisotropic filtering enabled, but will the Radeon 9700 Pro allow it and still attain reasonable frame rates?

We ran a subset of our benchmarks with the following settings for the Radeon 9700 Pro:

  • 4X AA
  • 16X Quality Anisotropic Filtering

The GeForce4 Ti 4600 was run with these settings enabled:

  • 4X AA
  • 4X Anisotropic Filtering (a good balance among the three options)
Unreal Tournament 2003 w/ AA & Aniso
dm-antalus @ 1024x768
ATI Radeon 9700 Pro

NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4600

66.2

29.8

|
0
|
13
|
26
|
40
|
53
|
66
|
79

Unreal Tournament 2003 w/ AA & Aniso
dm-antalus @ 1280x1024
ATI Radeon 9700 Pro

NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4600

44.2

17.5

|
0
|
9
|
18
|
27
|
35
|
44
|
5

Unreal Tournament 2003 w/ AA & Aniso
dm-antalus @ 1600x1200
ATI Radeon 9700 Pro

NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4600

31.3

11.1

|
0
|
6
|
13
|
19
|
25
|
31
|
38

While not as playable at the higher resolutions, at 1024x768 with AA & anisotropic filtering cranked up, the Radeon 9700 Pro is definitely playable - even in this very stressful benchmark.

Unreal Tournament 2003 w/ AA & Aniso
dm-asbestos @ 1024x768
ATI Radeon 9700 Pro

NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4600

105.7

63.6

|
0
|
21
|
42
|
63
|
85
|
106
|
127

Unreal Tournament 2003 w/ AA & Aniso
dm-asbestos @ 1280x1024
ATI Radeon 9700 Pro

NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4600

71.6

37.7

|
0
|
14
|
29
|
43
|
57
|
72
|
86

Unreal Tournament 2003 w/ AA & Aniso
dm-asbestos @ 1600x1200
ATI Radeon 9700 Pro

NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4600

52.4

25.0

|
0
|
10
|
21
|
31
|
42
|
52
|
63

You'll remember dm-asbestos as the benchmark that the Ti 4600 came close to the Radeon 9700 Pro in, but not anymore. When AA and anisotropic filtering are enabled, the Ti 4600 falls behind considerably.

Unreal Tournament 2003 w/ AA & Aniso
dm-inferno @ 1024x768
ATI Radeon 9700 Pro

NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4600

61.7

27.8

|
0
|
12
|
25
|
37
|
49
|
62
|
74

Unreal Tournament 2003 w/ AA & Aniso
dm-inferno @ 1280x1024
ATI Radeon 9700 Pro

NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4600

41.2

16.0

|
0
|
8
|
16
|
25
|
33
|
41
|
5

Unreal Tournament 2003 w/ AA & Aniso
dm-inferno @ 1600x1200
ATI Radeon 9700 Pro

NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4600

29.8

10.5

|
0
|
6
|
12
|
18
|
24
|
30
|
36

The trend continues with our final UT2003 test.

Antialiasing Performance AA & Anisotropic Filtering Performance - Comanche 4
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  • SlyNine - Sunday, March 28, 2010 - link

    Long live the 9700pro lol. Reply
  • joeh4384 - Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - link

    I remember having a P4 and the all in wonder version of this back in 03. Reply
  • Thatguy97 - Thursday, May 07, 2015 - link

    Best card of all time hands down Reply
  • astrophysicsblackguy - Sunday, May 21, 2017 - link

    Amazing graphics card, plays battlefield 1 flawlessly. Reply
  • Mitty - Friday, April 13, 2018 - link

    Mine was watercooled. ;) God I feel old. Reply

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