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Thursday, January 11, 2001
MWSF: ATI Counters NVIDIA Benchmarks
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It seems the competitive spirit which drives the ATI vs NVIDIA rivalry in the PC market is appearing on the Mac platform in full force, as ATI has released their own set of benchmarks countering NVIDIA's first marks released for a Mac GeForce 2 MX. Inside Mac Games had a chance to sit down with Matt Skynner, Senior Group
Product Manager in the Visual Products Group at ATI. In addition to
releasing the Xclaim TV USB video capture device at Macworld, the company is
proclaiming the superiority of their Radeon card over the just-announced
NVIDIA GeForce 2 MX card available for the new high-end Power Macintosh G4
computers. Even with the recent entry of this rival chip maker into the
Macintosh video card market, ATI is confident in their products and in their
position as the leader in the Macintosh video market.

ATI is the leader in supplying OEM video cards for computers, controlling 40% of
the market. On the Mac side, ATI has an astounding 92% of the market. In
terms of performance, ATI and NVIDIA have been in heavy competition to have
the fastest video solutions available.

ATI has run their own benchmarks for their Radeon card in a new 733 MHz
Power Macintosh G4 that differ somewhat from the benchmarks NVIDIA released to IMG yesterday. As in the those tests, Quake III Arena was used to test
the card's performance capabilities. Here are the results:

640x480x32, Quake III Arena v 117

Radeon AGP: 90

GeForce2 MX: 92

800x600x32, Quake III Arena v 117

Radeon AGP: 82.3

GeForce2 MX: 67.9

1024x769x32, Quake III Arena v 117

Radeon AGP: 68

GeForce2 MX: 59

ATI also tested the performance of the Radeon under MacOS X, also using
Quake II Arena as their benchmarking tool. This time, the hardware was a
dual-processor G4 500:


Radeon AGP: 118


Radeon AGP: 82.8


Radeon AGP: 68

ATI confirmed that the Radeon is still available in the Apple Store. IMG
confirmed this, in addition to the fact that the option to chose a Radeon
card over an NVIDIA GeForce 2 MX card can be done at no additional cost. Matt
Skynner praised this option with the belief that "...Mac users should have
access to the best."

Obviously this blood feud will not be silenced by a few benchmarks, and also obviously each company would not have presented benchmarks that represented their card as the loser. However ATI's Mac benchmarks of the Radeon vs the GeForce 2 MX closely parallel similar tests on the PC, which do indeed show the Radeon performing better at higher resolutions in 32 bit color -- even, in some cases, beating out the Voodoo5 and GeForce 2 Ultra cards at super-high resolution (1600x1200) benchmarks. Frankly, both sets of benchmarks should be considered questionable until an independent party can conduct tests. If IMG has our way, we'll have our own test numbers of these new systems and cards in the near future.

GeForce 2 MX In-Depth
ATI Radeon AGP Review
MWSF: GeForce 2 MX Benchmarks

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