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    ATI Radeon 9700 Pro
    Author: Daniel Topler
    Date Posted: February 18th, 2003
    SLRating: SLRating: 8/10
    Bottom Line: The Radeon 9700 Pro is the most powerful card on the market at the time this review was written, but is it worth purchasing, read on to find out.

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    Return to Castle Wolfenstein:

    Return to Castle Wolfenstein is a first-person-shooter based on the Quake III engine, and also experiences lower performance then normal with a 9700 Pro! Once again, this most likely has to do with my CPU holding the 9700 back, but it shows performance that many people with similar configurations will receive. But, it is fully playable with all settings on high and with AA and AF on at 1024x768 and 1280x1024 smoothly. Like most Direct3D gamers, it takes a pretty big hit when AA and AF is turned on, but still performs better then any other video card.





    Serious Sam: The Second Encounter

    Serious Sam: The Second Encounter is another First Person Shooter, and yet again, resulted in lower-then-normal benchmarking results. And once again, this is most likely due to my CPU holding the card back. And like RTCW, Quake III, and Comanche 4, it is fully playable with no lagging at 1024x768 and 1280x1024 with all settings on high and AA/AF on, so it shouldn't be a problem for most gamers. Since it is a Direct3D game, the AA and AF take a major hit on performance when it is turned on, but like I said, it is still playable with no problems.



    Unreal Tournament 2003:

    Our final benchmark was done using Unreal Tournament 2003's built-in benchmark program. Unreal Tournament 2003 was released last year, and has some of the best graphics ever seen on a computer, and really pushes the video card. The game's built-in-benchmarking program does not support 1280x1024, so benchmarking at that resolution was impossible. Once again, since it is a Direct3D game, performance was affected severely when AA and AF was turned on, and at some points to the point where lagging made it very difficult to play the game. The best we could do to make the game playable but to also have quality was setting it at 1280x1024 with 2x AA and 8x AF. Anything higher and the game would become very slow, making it almost unplayable.





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    1. Introduction/Specs
    2. In The Box
    3. Testing
    4. Bench Marking: 1
    5. Bench Marking: 2
    6. Conclusions
    7. Gallery

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