Detailed GeForce 2 MX/Radeon Comparison
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Several sources led us to an article posted on InnerMac which features a comprehensive and detailed series of comparisons between the NVIDIA GeForce2 MX and the ATI Radeon Mac Edition, comparing the AGP OEM versions of these cards. For those of you who want to buy a new Mac in the near future and who don't want to gamble an extra $300 on the GeForce3, this point-for-point comparison is exhaustive as they get. We have read other comparisons before, but this one includes tests and details we've seen nowhere else.
In many of the comparisons (such as DVD playback, driver stability, QuickTime acceleration and 2D scrolling) the Radeon card seems to pull way ahead, but the comparisons were also made using the shipping drivers for the GeForce2 MX; they have since been updated to correct many of the problems this article notes.
While game speed comparisons are only a small part of the article, these are also quite curious -- as many gamers have noted in our forums, the big weakness of the GeForce2 MX drivers at this point is very slow RAVE speed, in some cases almost twice as slow as the Radeon's RAVE support. While we have no doubt that this will improve in the future, it may give those who play Unreal Tournament, Rune and Deus Ex pause. Players of Quake 3 Arena-engine based games will be quite enthused with the results at low resolutions.
GeForce2 MX/Radeon Comparison at InnerMac
Our hardware editor Lucian Fong is hard at work on his own comparison of the two cards from a gaming perspective, and will be using the latest versions of both sets of drivers. Watch for his detailed report next week, and pore through this comparison at InnerMac for a preview.
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