View Full Version : 3DMark2001: strange feeling about Radeon 9700 Pro

8th January 2003, 15:18

A friend of mine bought himself AthlonXP 2100+, Abit KD7 motherboard (Via KT400 chipset), 256Mb DDR333 memory and Gigabyte Radeon 9700 Pro.
I was watching when he was testing his new system with 3DMark2001SE. Compared to my system, his was a lot faster, atleast by the numbers. He got ~12500 3DMarks. I get ~7500-8100 depending on tweaking.

I just refuse to believe that Radeon 9700 Pro is THAT much faster than Parhelia in normal (gaming) use.
In 3DMark tests I saw Radeon doing mostly fine, but there was a lot of sudden slowdowns and hickups also.
In fact, I haven't seen that kind of behaviour on my Parhelia.
I am really surprised, how could it be possible to get so high scores with so many hickups!:o

Btw, I didn't see how well is Radeon doing in games, but if the 3DMark2001 was a PC game,
I would definitely rather play it with Parhelia than with Radeon, if I had both cards. ;)
Parhelia feels a lot smoother.

Well, this was my own feeling about Radeon. I don't know if there was something wrong with my friend's system, but the 3DMark score is quite good, so there shouldn't be.

8th January 2003, 15:27
3dmark is giving you the average framerates and nit the lowest/highest thats why the radeon 9500/9700 and gf4ti series gets higher 3dmark scores then the Matrox P! Just take a look at the lovest fps in the game benchmarks and you will see what I mean!

btw here is my nVidiot mark score on a 64mb gf4 ti! http://service.futuremark.com/compare?2k1=5108798