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Reviewed: Millennium G400 32mb
Author: Chris Kim       Date: November 19th 1999
Page: 5

The Quake 3 Arena Test is a great game to test real world capabilities of the OpenGL driver and performance of a videocard. The version of Quake 3 Arena Test was version 1.08, the sound options were set to low. Various settings of the Millennium G400 board were tested at various clock speeds to test the ability of the graphics card to handle the benchmark at various tests. The average of the scores were taken, usually tested about four times each to get an accurate reading.

Quake 3 Arena in Fast Settings

Quake 3 Arena at Normal Settings

Quake 3 Arena at High Settings

Quake 3 Arena at High Settings and 1024x768 Resolution

Quake 3 Arena at High Settings and 1280x960 Resolution

Quake 3 Arena Timedemo 2 at High Settings

The Millennium G400 shows that the processor is the bottleneck in this test. At the lower resolutions, the difference in the clock speeds makes little, if any difference at all between the speeds, but once the bandwidth of higher details, more textures, and higher screen resolutions, the gap between the clockspeeds gets larger and larger. At 640x480 and 800x600, the performance difference is minimal, showing that the processor is the bottleneck. At 1024x768, the performance slides off a little bit, but not noticeably at the higher 150/200 speeds, while the default 126/168 clockspeed really takes a slide. One of the more surprising numbers was in the High Detail Settings, where the 135/180 clockspeed really takes a plunge in performance. The results at 1024x768, isn't too shabby, especially considering the test bed machine is just a middle of road, but at anything higher than 1024x768, the card starts to take a deep performance hit, dropping frame rates into the low to mid twenties. At 1280x960, the performance gap between the default 126/168 speed and 150/200 speed becomes quite apparent with a nearly 3FPS gap between the two clockspeeds.

How does this reflect upon the drivers of the Millennium G400 card? The OpenGL drivers of the card have improved greatly from the original release, however, the OpenGL drivers still have a bit more to mature before they can be really competitive with other boards on the market. Cards like the nVidia RIVA TNT2 has a more advantage because the architecture is very similar to that of the original RIVA TNT and uses the same drivers, has about a year over the G400 based OpenGL driver. But, the performance isn't that bad at all. The miniGL driver, the TurboGL drivers, which use both the 3DNow! optimizations of the AMD Athlon processor and SSE optimizations of the Pentium III processor, a significant boost in performance is given in those gamer related miniGL drivers.

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Added:  Friday, November 19, 1999
Reviewer:  Chris Kim
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Page: 5/9

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