It is abundantly clear from the tens of reviews currently available online that ATi's Radeon 9700 Pro is capable of outmatching nVidia's GeForce 4 Ti4600 in the majority of benchmarks. Rather than reinforce that point yet again, we've decided to focus on the Radeon 9700 Pro itself, and examine its performance at different detail settings and resolutions. We feel that the focus in gaming hardware is transitioning from focusing on framerates to visual quality and features, so we've chosen to explore that aspect of the Radeon 9700 Pro's performance.
Our first series of tests focus on the card's performance using higher levels of Antialiasing, which improve visual quality dramatically.
The first test we subjected our card to was likely the most demanding, and it passed with flying colors. The above graph shows the performance of the Radeon 9700 Pro using varying levels of Antialiasing across different resolutions (800x600, 1024x768, and 1280x1024 are the most common gaming resolutions currently). Aided by its massive memory bandwidth, the Radeon 9700 Pro is able to handle the very demanding Unreal Tournament 2003 extremely well, even turning in playable framerates of over 60fps at 1280x1024 with 6X Antialiasing.
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