iXBT Labs - Computer Hardware in Detail






January 2003 3Digest: comparison of cards performance on iE7205 and i850e platforms

3DMark2001, Game2 - Low Details

Unreal Tournament Demo 2003, maximum settings

Comanche4 - maximum settings

Serious Sam: The Second Encounter, Grand Cathedral

RightMark Video Analyzer

Return To Castle Wolfenstain

As you can see, "newer" doesn't always mean "better". Our tests indicate that iE7205 chipset (codenamed Granite Bay) is not always faster than older i850e. Memory bandwidth still strongly affects modern games, and RDRAM is known to provide more of it. Nevertheless we move to the new chipset due to AGP8x support required as more and more such products arrive to the market. Second, the lag behind i850e is not that big with rare exception. Moreover some cards work faster on the Granite Bay (with the same rare exception).

Andrey Vorobiev (Anvakams@ixbt.com)
Alexander Kondakov (kondalex@ixbt.com)

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