GeForce FX 5700 Ultra & 5950 Ultra Review

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Quake III Arena
imageview.php?image=105Quake III Arena, what a revolution this game was when it got released. Now it has become a standard by itself as solid and respectable benchmark utility for journalists .. The game that everybody knows is naturally Quake III Arena. Seriously, who doesn't own it or at least has played it once ? Q3A is of course an excellent game to use as benchmark. It's an up-to-date game and has new options available to test the card to it's maximum. We used the standard Demo001 timedemo.

We tested the videocard with Quake3 Arena in High Quality mode, 32 Bit colors. Available resolutions we tested where 800x600 up to 1600x1200 with quality settings set to maximum.

Of course, there are far better benchmarks than Quake III, yet this benchmark always places a graphics card in the right perspective performance wise. Yes, we do not need 200 frames per second, but this benchmark scales the difference in graphics cards just so very nice. More modern and Graphics Core demanding games would, of course, produce much lower results.

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Quake III Arena 800x600 1024x768 1280x1024 1600x1200
9600 256 165 81 52 35
9600 Pro 173 113 72 48
FX 5600 192 124 79 55
FX 5700 Ultra 193 157 104 73
9700 Pro 177 166 121 87
FX 5900 193 178 125 96
9800 Pro 177 171 137 98
FX 5900 Ultra 194 185 150 110
FX 5950 Ultra 194 187 155 114

It's interesting to see that from the moment we started using our own timedemo's the scores dropped bigtime in Quake III. The results are of course by far still excellent. Quake III is getting outdated though.

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4xAA 8xAF 800x600 1024x768 1280x1024 1600x1200
9600 256 94 56 30 22
9600 Pro 128 63 42 29
FX 5600 143 69 43 29
FX 5700 Ultra 175 92 61 43
9700 Pro 174 108 73 51
9800 Pro 175 122 82 57
FX 5900 181 130 90 65
FX 5900 Ultra 183 147 104 76
FX 5950 Ultra 183 151 108 80
NV36 541/1.02 183 104 69 49
NV38 525/1.02 182 160 118 88

Even with AA and AF enabled at a high level the 5700 Ultra remains doing really huge numbers. Anything above 50-60 Frames per second for any game is more than sufficient. The 5950 Ultra performs again the best.

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