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Thursday, June 17, 2004
AOpen Aeolus FX 5900 XT

3. 3DMark 2003

3DMark 2003 Build 340

Homepage3D Mark it's a widely used and accepted benchmark that stresses the DirectX performance of a VGA card. For testing the performance of each card we use the 4 game benchmark 3DMark has. The first is a DirectX 7 game the second and the third use DirectX 8 and the last one stresses graphics in DirectX 9.

3mark03 also includes sound and CPU tests as well as some other feature tests. In this page we offer the average FPS on the game benchmarks, Having Aopen Aeolus 5900 XT compared with Asus 5900GE, Exair R9800XT and Sapphire R9800 Pro Ultimate.

- Game Test 1 - Wings of Fury (DX7)

This test is a combat flight simulator written for older hardware (DirectX 7). Particles are used a lot in this test - smoke and vapor trails, flak and gunfire, and explosions are produced using point sprites and quads.

There are plenty planes but their polygon frame rate is low, as well as single textured background object are used. Hence the average fps (frames per second) are high for all cards.

DirectX 7 was used widely a couple of years ago, but today it has been replaced by it's newer version. Thus the resulting average fps encountered with this game are very high. No minor performance differences, since the DX7 doesn't consume much power of the newest VGA cards. Aeolus 5900 XT showed good fps.

- Game Test 2 - Battle of Proxycon (DX8)

This test is a simulation of first person shooter game types. 1.1 and 1.4 Vertex shaders are widely used since all character models are skinned using vertex shaders.

This makes this test a good vertex shader comparison for VGA cards.

Very good results for the 5900 XT surpassing even the Radeon Pro in this game. Similar results however with Asus 5900.

- Game Test 3 - Trolls' Lair (DX8)

This test should be the favorite of all RPG lovers. It is a cut scene of a female warrior facing two malicious trolls. Again the same vertex and pixel processing is used as in game test 2.

This test also uses post-processing effects, such as Depth of Field and Bloom effects which are widely used in today's game cut scene sequences.


Again identical fps for the Nvidia cards.

- Game Test 4 - Mother Nature (DX9)

This game test represents the level of effects and realism that are possible using 2.0 vertex and pixel shaders, plus some other features that DirectX 9 offers.

The Radeon series are slightly more capable processing vertex and pixel shaders 2.0, according to this test.

- 3DMark Official score

If you test your machine with 3DMark you can post the results at 3DMark' online result browser. For more information visit

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