First Mac Geforce3 Preview
9:27 AM | Toby Allen | Comment on this story
Innermac has posted the first Mac-specific preview of the long-awaited Geforce3, NVIDIA's next generation graphic chipset. The preview starts off with 2D benchmarks, DVD playback and has a detailed preview of expected performance. These tests include benchmarks of Quake 3, Rune, Deus Ex and Unreal Tournament. If you've read innermac's previous test of the GeForce 2 MX card (which we also recommend highly) you will note that they find many of the same weaknesses in the driver for the GeForce3, but the brute force power of the card is enough to overcome many problems.
Note that this article is NOT a review, it is a preview, and is based on beta drivers and a very short testing session. Here is an excerpt, discussing Quake 3 Arena performance
At 640x480 the GeForce3 does not have a substantial advantage over the other cards due to the game being heavily CPU bound. The interesting thing to note is that the GeForce2MX actually manages to outperform the GeForce3 at this resolution which seems to indicate that the GeForce3 drivers might be a bit more CPU intensive. However, as the resolution increases and the other cards start to fall off, the GeForce3 holds steady and only starts to dip down at 1280 and beyond. Even at 1600x1200, the card manages an unbelievable 67.1 fps which is testament to the four fat pipes, the memory bandwidth optimizations and the high core and memory clocks!They also talk about the bugs in the GeForce3 drivers, which can cause certain problems in Unreal Tournament-based games which run in RAVE (such as Rune). While many conclusions of the preview are obvious -- such as the fact that even a 733 MHz G4 has trouble pushing this card to its limit -- it is a fascinating look at the future of Mac 3D performance.
Gefroce 3 preview at InnerMac
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