my search for diversity, I heard my friend rambling about EA Sports' latest
open-wheel racing opus, F1 2001. I borrowed the game from my buddy as within .2
ns was instantly hooked. While I'm a great admirer of this sport, I must admit
that my enthusiasm can't help my horrible racing performance. While toying
around with various driving aids, I stumbled across a beginner setting in which
the car drives itself (all you have to do is press the gas). The lap times from
this setting are nearly identical (within couple hundredths of a second), so I
fired up FRAPS and took my Ferrari for a spin around the hustle and bustle of
the Monaco circuit.
with its luxury high-rises and residences placed just a few feet from the track
is a very taxing performance test and can be comparable to the famous q2crusher
demo in which the worst case scenario is tested.
consisted of four practice laps around the track with FRAPS being enabled just
as the car exited the pit area. The scores below are averages of three separate
runs of the program.
The GeForce4 MX 440
enjoys its first win in this racing benchmark. The GeForce3 Ti 200 and GeForce4
MX's enjoy the Z-buffer compression capabilities of the LMA as they catapulted
past the GeForce2 Ultra, which doesn't incorporate such a feature.
Dronez was another game
released around the GeForce3's launch that had capabilities to utilize GeForce3
specific nFinite effect engine.
Once again, the GeForce3
was tested with and without it's special features enabled.
Aquamark made use of
the GF3 features to improve performance, whereas in Dronez the GF3 features
improve image quality features such as texture shaders and vertex programs. The
GF3 Ti 200 flexes it's programmable muscles once again as it smokes it's
competitors with identical settings (GeForce2 Pro/Ultra) and provides the image
quality features at performance similar to that of the GeForce4 MX 440.
to Castle Wolfenstien
Return to Castle
Wolfenstein uses an updated version of the Quake 3 Arena : Team Arena engine to
power its splendid scenes. The demo utilized for testing purposes is 3DCenter's Checkpoint
All three cards handle
themselves very respectably, with the GF3 Ti 200 distancing itself from the GF4
MX 440 at 1024x768 and again at 1600x1200.