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Old 02-13-03, 02:12 AM   #63
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Originally posted by scott123 Yet in actual gaming the 2800+/Ti4600 combo will overall out perform the 2000+/9700 combo.
Only if the game is CPU-limited. More you increase the eye-candy, more and more you are pushing the vid-card, not the CPU.

Then why is the 2000+/9700 combo over double the score of the 2000+/Ti4600 combo?
Because it uses PS 1.4 and DX9, which are unsupported in Ti4600? Because the benchmark is more limited by vid-card than CPU?

Well Futuremark says their benchmark is heavily GPU dependent, and is essentially a graphics card benchmark.

Thats where the benchmark looses validity as an actual "gaming" benchmark.
How so? Games are CPU-limited in low settings/resolutions. Increase resolution and settings and you'll be more and more limited by your vid-card. Who really plays at low resolutions (besides the people with crappy vid-cards)?

Games that run D3D/OpenGL that come with their own benchmarks (ie- Unreal/Unreal T/Quake 3/etc, etc) are the best measure of performance.
I guess that's why NV didn't whine when 3DMark2001 was used. Could it be because it was a perfect fir for NV's feature-set, whereas 03 takes advantage of tech that they do not really support?

Futuremarks latest approach looks at a narrow area of hardware. PC's are not Gamecubes, and last time I checked, there was a lot more to making a PC fast, then just the VGA card.
In gaming, the vid-card quite often IS the most imprtant component in your system!
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