Date: April 20th, 2004
Article by: Nathan Glentworth
(Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: OCZ Technology
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3DMARK 2001SE v330 BENCHMARK (DIRECTX 7 & 8.1)
As you can very well see, a 150Mhz boost in memory bandwidth
helps considerably even while using driver defaults and a 9700pro. With
a 9800pro, a score in the 20,000 range is very possible. This does prove
that memory bandwidth does play a key role in gaming and synthetic benchmarking
Both PC4400 offerings reviewed today resulted in practically
identical results. The small difference between results fall well within
the margin of error for this program.
GLEXCESS v1.2V OPENGL BENCHMARK
GLEXCESS to me has always been a reliable and unbiased
synthetic benchmarking program which thankfully hasn't had any videocard
chip manufacturer unfairly optimizing to provide untrue results.
Practically mirroring 3DMARK, synthetic benchmarking does
show a considerable gain from the increased bandwidth with both PC4400
GUNMETAL 2 BENCHMARK (DX 8.1 & DX9)
Gunmetal is an absolute brutal benchmark that will take
a full-blown power system and make it look like a 486DX. Utilizing full
DX8.1 effects and one DX9 vertex shader, this benchmark truly tests
the gaming capability of your current rig.
GunMetal more or less benchmarked like there was no memory
difference. This could easily be explained through the benchmark stressing
the videocard independently from the rest of the system.
I told you it was a tough benchmark.