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Monday, November 13, 2000
ATI Radeon, 3dfx Voodoo5 Comparison
1:42 PM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story

In a recent article, MacNN pits ATI and 3dfx's latest video card offerings against each other. The AGP Radeon Mac Edition and Voodoo5 5500 PCI were run through the usual batch of benchmarks, including Quake 2, Quake 3: Arena and Unreal Tournament. Also included are 16 and 32-bit FSAA benchmarks (for the Voodoo5 only) and image quality comparisons. While this comparison is not a perfect one, as comparing an AGP card to a PCI one isn't a level playing field, it is an interesting read. Here is an excerpt:

While Quake II and Quake III: Arena are two of very few Mac games that are reliable enough to use as a 3D benchmarking tool, we also tested each card on a variety of other games including, but not limited to: 4x4 Evolution, Aliens vs. Predator, Carmageddon II, Descent 3, Deus Ex, Diablo II, Driver, FLY!, Madden NFL 2000, Rainbow Six, Sin, and Unreal Tournament. All of the aforementioned games performed more than adequately on both cards, although the Voodoo5 is still tops in 16-bit graphics quality while the Radeon did best at maintaining frame rates as graphic detail and resolutions increased in each of these games.
The Radeon AGP has been leaking into retail channel since the beginning of the month, while the Voodoo5 PCI has been on sale for several months now. Read on to find out the pros and cons of each card and which might be for you.

3dfx Voodoo5 5500 PCI Review
ATI Radeon Mac Edition Review
ATi Radeon vs. 3dfx Voodoo5 at Games.MacNN

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