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ATi & Nvidia Video Card Roundup #2

Manufacturer: General

Age of Mythology

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We will now test our five
video cards in a real-time strategy game - Age of Mythology will serve as
our benchmark. I have created a scenario where two
large armies (30 units each) clash in the middle of a village. Though a large
battle of this scale is rare in Age of Mythology (save for the single player
campaign), it serves to show us how bad a card can get with a lot of units
moving and fighting on the screen.

Age of Mythology benchmark.

Demo Setup

32 bits
(i.e. foot prints)
All enabled
Filtering and Anti-aliasing


*Radeon 9700
is a soft-modded Radeon 9500 running at Radeon 9700 specs.


The performance
difference of all the cards compared to the FX5900 Ultra is marginal
and all of the cards play this game well. A $130 USD card plays
as well as a $400 USD card. So best to save your money if you only play RTS
games; it'd be overkill to pay for a top-end card. Also interesting is that
the cheapest card, the FX5200, was able to play at 1600x1200 without
a hitch.
So if you're into RTS games and not looking to spend a whole
lot if money, it's good to know that even the cheapest card is enough.

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