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Powercolor ATi Radeon 9800 XT Video Card Review

Former staff writer    -   October 31, 2003


Benchmark: Gun Metal

Gun Metal a new gaming title that is currently only available in Europe and is a new benchmark in our testing suite. The Benchmark incorporates functions like 2.0 Vertex Shaders and 1.1 Pixel Shaders and demands a high-end card for acceptable frame-rates with Anti-Aliasing & Anisotropic Filtering turned on. We ran Gun Metal in 1024x768 and 1600x1200 resolutions with the highest possible graphic settings within the game. One test was ran with Anti-Aliasing & Anisotropic Filtering on, and another test was ran with Anti-Aliasing & Anisotropic Filtering off.
There was a 9 FPS difference in the 1024x768 benchmark, which is to be expected. However, in the 1600x1200 benchmark there was only 1 FPS difference between the two cards. I re-ran the test several times and it was always about 1 FPS difference.
This is where the 9800 XT always leaves the 9700 in the dust and this benchmark is no different. Also, when running Gun Metal with AA and AF on, I noticed some large black shadows casting over the ground in the distance. I'm still not exactly sure what they are, and if anyone could shed some light on this please let me know. The problem appears on both of the cards, using any resolution.



  1. Introduction & What's Included
  2. In-depth Look
  3. Catalyst 3.8 Drivers
  4. Catalyst 3.8 Drivers (Continued)
  5. Test Suite & Setup
  6. Benchmark: X2
  7. Benchmark: UT2K3
  8. Benchmark: Halo
  9. Benchmark: Gun Metal
  10. Benchmark: 3DMark03
  11. Benchmark: Aquamark 3
  12. Benchmark: Shadermark 2.0
  13. Benchmark: Code Creatures
  14. Overclocking & Conclusion
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