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AquaMark 3
The latest graphics cards on the market are almost all DirectX9 compatible these days, and we also see an increasing number of games utilizing the new DX9 features. To be ableam3-tease.jpg to see how well a graphics cards is performing in this new challenging DirectX 9 environment, AquaMark was developed.

The AquaMark3 benchmark delivers scores for specific hardware components as well as an overall score for the entire system. AquaMark3 is highly qualified to meet the needs of gamers because it's as close as possible to a typical game application. The AquaMark benchmarking series is based directly on the huge code and data base of the AquaNox games and the underlying krass game engine."

In the past we have used AquaMark 2.3 in our benchmark suite and although still a reputable application, Massive figured it was time for something new. This is AquaMark 3, a benchmark that will utilize some of the finest DirectX 9 capabilities like Pixel and Vertex Shaders 2.0. Yet it is by far not as Shader dependent as Half-Life 2 is, for example. You will notice that in the overall results later in this article.

AquaMark 3, however, is not solely a DirectX9 benchmark; if you are working with a DirectX 8 or 7 compatible graphics card, you will still be able to use it, just with a lot of graphical features missing. Make no mistake, AquaMark3 is a DirectX 9 benchmark. But since it's based on a real game engine it has fallbacks to DirectX 8 and even DirectX 7, making this software not a 100% DX9 benchmark.

Download: Aquamark 3 (63 MB)

As you can see, pretty similar results compared to Splinter Cell. The NVIDIA series clearly have the edge here.

AquaMark 3 800x600 1024x768 1280x1024 1600x1200
FX 5600 24 21 17 13
9600 256 29 23 17 13
Creative R9600 29 23 17 13
9600 Pro 31 25 19 14
FX 5700 36 30 23 18
R9600XT 41 35 26 20
FX 5700 Ultra 41 35 27 21
5700U GDDR3 41 35 27 21
9700 Pro 46 41 33 26
9800 Pro 49 45 38 30
9800 Pro 50 44 38 30
5900 XT 50 47 43 36
9800XT 51 46 40 33
FX 5950 Ultra 53 49 45 38
5950U 53 50 43 36
485/950 55 51 44 37
6800U 62 60 55 50

Again look at that really nice performance the graphics card is capable of. That's really nice to see for a reasonable priced product.

Things will change when we turn on 4x Antialiasing and 8x Anisotropic Filtering (AA and AF from now on). The numbers in red represent the results of the card when overclocked.

4xAA 8xAF 800x600 1024x768 1280x1024 1600x1200
FX 5600 16 13 9 7
9600 256 21 16 12 8
FX 5700 22 17 12 9
9600 Pro 24 18 13 9
FX 5700 Ultra 26 19 14 11
5700U GDDR3 26 20 14 11
R9600XT 32 25 19 12
5900 XT 33 26 19 15
FX 5900 Ultra 39 31 23 17
9700 Pro 39 32 24 19
FX 5950 Ultra 40 32 24 18
9800 Pro 43 36 27 21
9800XT 45 39 30 23
6800U 57 51 42 34

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