Now it's time
for a few time-demos using the ol' standby, Quake 3 Arena.
This benchmark has been around for quite some time, and as a
result, even "entry level" hardware tears right though this
test. In an attempt to keep things up to date, we
installed the latest point release and ran the benchmarks
with all of the in-game graphical options set to their
Benchmarks / Comparison
With Quake 3 Arena v1.32
This is the song that never ends...
Games based on the Quake 3
engine always seem to run very well on NVIDIA hardware,
don't they? In this test, the GeForce FX 5200 Ultra
smoked the Radeon 9000 Pro across the board. With
Antialiasing and Anisotropic filtering disabled, the GeForce
FX holds onto the lead by a comfortable margin. When
AA and Aniso are enabled, the FX 5200 really spreads its
wings and outpaces the Radeon 9000 by as much as 180%!
It's great to see a sub-$150 video card posting playable
frame rates at 1600x1200 with AA and Aniso enabled.