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Sub $100 Budget Videocard Roundup

Sub $100 Budget Videocard Roundup - PCSTATS
Abstract: Most people don't "enjoy" spending $500 every six months just to keep up with the newest technology.
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External Mfg. Website: Various Apr 03 2002   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks and painful results

PCStats Test System Specs:

Computer Hardware:

Processor: AthlonXP 2000+
Clock Speed:

12.5x133MHz = 1.66 GHz

Motherboards: Epox 8KHA+
Chipset: VIA KT266A
Videocard:

Hercules Prophet 4000
Hercules Prophet 4500
Pine 6326
PowerColor M64
Asus V7100 Pro
ATi Xpert 2000Pro
ATi Xpert 98

Sound Card: N/A
Network Card:

N/A

Memory:

256MB KingMAX DDR333 RAM

Hard Drive: 40GB IBM DeskStar 60 GXP
CDROM: Panasonic 48x CD-ROM CR-594-B
Floppy:

Panasonic 1.44MB Floppy Drive

Heatsink: ThermalTake Dragon Orb 3
PowerSupply: Antec 400W PSU
Monitor: Samsung 181B LCD
Software Setup Windows 2000 Pro + SP2
VIA 4in1 4.38V
Latest for all available on the web
DirectX 8.1
Benchmarks

Winbench 99 (GFX only)
SPECviewperf
Video2000
3DMark2000
3DMark2001

Winbench 99 V1.2 Source: e-Testinglabs.com

WinBench 99 is a subsystem-level benchmark that measures the performance of a PC's graphics, disk, and video subsystems in a Windows environment. WinBench 99's tests can run on Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Windows Me systems.

WinBench 99 v1.2 Benchmark Results
Videocards Score Ranking
1. Business Graphics - Prophet 4000 224
2. Business Graphics - Prophet 4500 307
3.

Business Graphics - 6326

51.3

4.

Business Graphics - TNT2 M64

268

5.

Business Graphics - V7100Pro

722

6.

Business Graphics - Xpert 2000Pro 209
7. Business Graphics - Xpert 98 76.7
1. High End Graphics - Prophet 4000 875
2. High End Graphics - Prophet 4500 967
3. High End Graphics - 6326 620
4. High End Graphics - TNT2 M64 1250
5. High End Graphics - V7100Pro 1540
6. High End Graphics - Xpert 2000Pro 955
7. High End Graphics - Xpert 98 585

Both the Pine 6326 and the Xpert 98 lag behind by quite a bit in both benchmarks since they are quiet a bit older in terms of technology. It surprising that the GeForce2 MX400 has such a large lead.

SPECviewPerf 6.1.2 Source: SPEC.org

SPECviewperf is a portable OpenGL performance benchmark program written in C. It was developed by IBM. Later updates and significant contributions were made by SGI, Digital and other SPECopcSM project group members. SPECviewperf provides a vast amount of flexibility in benchmarking OpenGL performance. Currently, the program runs on most implementations of UNIX, Windows NT, Windows 95/98 and Linux.Higher numbers equate to better performance.

SPECviewperf 6.1.2 Benchmark Results
Tests Score Ranking

Awdavs-04

1. Prophet 4000 15.21*
2. Prophet 4500 16.08*
3. 6326 10.67
4. TNT2 M64 27.29
5. V7100Pro 59.96
6. Xpert 2000Pro 12.42
7. Xpert 98 4.882

MEDCAD-01

1. Prophet 4000 5.080*
2. Prophet 4500 5.290*
3. 6326 5.393
4. TNT2 M64 9.678
5. V7100Pro 19.41
6. Xpert 2000Pro 2.385
7 Xpert 98 4.659

ProCDRS-03

1. Prophet 4000 3.345*
2. Prophet 4500 3.576*
3. 6326 2.035
4. TNT2 M64 8.631
5. V7100Pro 17.29
6. Xpert 2000Pro 4.54
7. Xpert 98 1.446

I chose to omit the other tests in SPECviewperf even though were again huge performance differences, because they're better CPU testers then anything else. It's not surprising that the GeForce2 MX400 is doing the best here since the structure of the core is almost exactly the same as nVidia's Quadro2 MXR line of cards. Something to note is that even though both Kyro cards passed the tests, there were serious problems with the rendered images. Often times whole sections were lost or the image was not rendered at all!

Video2000 Source: MadOnion

Video2000 is designed for evaluating the video quality, performance and features available in modern graphics adapters. For the first time in benchmarking, comprehensive quality tests allow for the accurate measurement of image quality, while the Performance and Feature Tests indicate how well your system will perform in a real-world environment.

Video2000
Videocards Score Ranking

Overall

1. Prophet 4000 1787
2. Prophet 4500 1792
3. 6326 1042
4. TNT2 M64 2286
5. V7100Pro 2204
6. Xpert 2000Pro 1768
7. Xpert 98 1220

Performance

1. Prophet 4000 667
2. Prophet 4500 684
3. 6326 587
4. TNT2 M64 908
5. V7100Pro 819
6. Xpert 2000Pro 767
7 Xpert 98 299

Quality

1. Prophet 4000 631
2. Prophet 4500 643
3. 6326 174
4. TNT2 M64 784
5. V7100Pro 785
6. Xpert 2000Pro 514
7. Xpert 98 484

Features

1. Prophet 4000 477
2. Prophet 4500 477
3. 6326 281
4. TNT2 M64 595
5. V7100Pro 600
6. Xpert 2000Pro 487
7. Xpert 98 437

Video2000 is an unsupported benchmark from MadOnion, however it's still pretty good in determining video performance. It's no surprise that the nVidia based cards are doing very well, however we would have expected the Xpert 2000 Pro to fair a little better.

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Contents of Article: Various
 Pg 1.  Sub $100 Budget Videocard Roundup
 Pg 2.  — Benchmarks and painful results
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