Results From The Majors In Graphics
Online Hardware Review Media community has a
solid focus on 3D Graphics performance and
technology as a whole. This goes without
saying. Too often the Digital Video
Subsystem of a particular graphics card goes
untested and evaluated. Perhaps this is
because there are still relatively few benchmark
suites or utilities available to the masses.
By the way, what the heck is the deal with the
name of this company? " I am a VERY
angry Onion and therefore I am going to
benchmark my booty off!" I mean
really, someone in marketing was sniffing the
super glue a little too much on their lunch
break, to come up with this one! :-)
But I digress...
known the world over for the comprehensive and
technically complete 3D Graphics benchmark
has delivered yet another quality benchmark
package, this time stepping up to the challenge
of Digital Video Benchmarking. This new digital
video benchmarking suite is called
following is a quick look at the relative
performance, features and quality of the digital
video playback and MPEG encode/decoding of some
of the top graphics accelerators in the
market. We tested ATI's Rage Fury
128 Pro , Elsa's Erazor X2 DDR GeForce, Matrox's
Millennium G400 and 3dfx's Voodoo3-3500TV.
All extremely competent 3D cards in their own
respect. Let's see how they stack up in a
let's take a quick look at what Video2000 from
MadOnion tests within its benchmark suite.
This article is not intended to be a
comprehensive overview of the MadOnion software
itself but rather a first hand look at how each
of the noted accelerators perform under these
conditions. However, we feel it is
important for you to understand this testing
platform so that you can make sense of the
numbers produced rather than arbitrary
Video2000 Benchmark categorizes
"performance" in three areas,
performance, quality and features.
performance tests evaluate a graphics card's
abilities with respect to BLT Operations,
Memory Transfers and Software DVD Playback.
Here is a look at what some of the BLT tests
look like. This one is for BLT
downscaling. Click the image for a
is a screen shot from one of the Software
DVD Decoder Performance Tests. Click
image to get the 800X600 shot.
quality tests evaluate the cards ability to
reproduce digital video images with respect
to scaling, color space conversion, and
de-interlacing or tearing in Software DVD
playback. Here is a shot of what one
of these tests looks like. Again,
click this image for full view.
the feature test reports on the various
digital video reproduction features of your
accelerator like overlay color control,
shrinking and stretching etc...
overall Video2000 Video Mark score is the
sum of the results of the quality,
performance and feature-set testing you
performed. A higher score is better.
that you know how this test is set up and a
little bit about what the numbers mean, it is
time to give you the dirt on how our contenders