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Nvidia GeForce2 MX vs. an ATI Radeon Retail
Quake3 Tests in Mac OS 9.1 and Mac OS X
(G4/533 Dual Processor System)
By Oliver
Published: 3/28/2001

Test Computer:

    PowerMac G4 533 dual (4X AGP system)
    Plenty of RAM (384MB or 512MB)
    IBM 75GXP HD
    AGP Graphics Card, either Nvidia GeForce2 MX (OEM) or ATI Radeon (Retail)

    OS X 10.0.1 (unofficial update build 4L5 noted in the 3/28/2001 www.xlr8yourmac.com news), Drivers for each card were the latest available (1.1.1) and the G4 system 4.1.8 firmware update was applied.

Mac OS 9.1

Quake 3 117, Demo001

 
GeForce2 MX AGP
Radeon Retail AGP
 
os 9.1
os 9.1
os 9.1
os 9.1
 
16bit
32bit
16bit
32bit
640x480
66.7
67.1
60.5
61
800x600
66.5
65.5
59.7
59.6
1024x768
64.6
55.1
56.1
55.8
1280x1024
54
33.4
45.5
44.1
locki's config @ 640x480
116.3
 
109.3
 
above + s_mixahead 0.11
131.9
 
119.6
 

Mac OS X

(Oliver wrote that all OS X tests were run in 32bit mode (screen/texture settings)).

Quake 3 117 (port by Omnigroup), Demo001

 
GeForce2 MX
Radeon (Retail)
Radeon
 Radeon
 
os x final*
os x final*
os x final*
os x final*
os x 4k17
os x 4k17
 
r_smp 0
r_smp 1
r_smp 0
r_smp 1
r_smp 0
r_smp 1
640x480
69.6
110.1
74.3
116.5
73.1
116.7
800x600
66.5
79.2
70
81.8
69.4
82
1024x768
49.7
49.8
53.2
53.4
53.1
53.4
1280x1024
30
30
34.1
34.1
36.9
36.5
locki @ 640
    144.6
116.1
147.6
121.3
above + cg_draw3dicons 1    
136.2
169.2
   
+ simple items off
     
168.4
   
+ geometric detail medium
   
167.6
     
+ lightmap lighting
     
164.5
   
+ high quality sky
     
164.4
   
+ cg_fov 110
     
166.5
   
+ model keel/blue
     
165.7
   
+ cg_drawgun 0
     
161.2
   

* Quake3 for mac os x used was Omnigroup's port of quake3 117 for Mac OS X Public Beta, which only runs with sound off (seta s_initsound "0") in mac os x final (build 4K78), whereas in mac os x build 4k17 it ran with sound on. [Note: Sound off boosts FPS rates significantly in MacOS also-Mike] I have no idea how different build 4k17 and 4k78 really are, but i was very impressed when i saw the numbers, since there seems to be almost no gain when disabling sound.

Another interesting note: enabling 3d icons made the game run faster (only with r_smp 1).
Note the last test was done with good image quality (basicly locki's config with 3dicons on, simple items off, lightmap lighting, medium geometric detail, hq sky, fov 110 and with the gun on screen) and was still very fast: 161.2 fps.




Related Articles:
For tests of GeForce2MX AGP vs Radeon AGP in my G4/500 DP (2x AGP system) including Quake3 and OpenGL tests in Lightwave 3D 6.5, as well as other graphics card reviews and articles, see the Video card articles page.-Mike



 
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