Sapphire HD 2900 XT
Benchmarks - 3DMark03, 06 and 06
Benchmarking - 3DMark
I used the popular gaming benchmarks made by Futuremark to bench all of the cards. I used 3dMark 03, 05 and 06. All benches were performed at stock speeds for this section. I ran all benchmarks from the stock settings as well as at 1920 x 1200 (4 x AA). 3dMark 03
First we start with 3dMark03. This is a benchmark that relies heavily on DirectX 8 features. This will give an indication of how the card will run on games that rely on DX 8.
The stock test saw the 2900 XT stomp over the two nVidia cards and at 1920 x 1200 it didn't fare too badly either, handling the high res and beating the nVidia offerings by 1000 3DMarks. 3dMark05
I ran 3dMark05. This benchmark requires some more features of DirectX 9 and gets slightly more taxing on the cards.
Again here the trend is shown with the ATI card really putting out some nice figures in the slightly more taxing benchmark.
3dMark06 is the latest in the benchmarking tests from Futuremark. It has a lot of DirectX 9.0c features such as HDR and use of Shader model 3.0. This benchmark is very taxing for the cards and also includes quite a harsh CPU benchmark. Seeing as this was run with the exact same CPU this was not an issue. This is the latest Futuremark benchmark and so carries a bit more weight for modern games than the previous two.
3DMark06 shows us that the 2900 XT really kicks it in the Futuremark suite, bringing home some very good figures compared to the nVidia 8800's.
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