Unreal Tournament 3
Unreal Tournament 3 is a first person shooter developed by Epic Games and is the follow up to best selling FPS Unreal Tournament 2004. UT3 is based on the Unreal Engine 3. There is an incredible amount of information about what UE3 supports, but in a nutshell:
- Multi-threaded rendering
- All modern per-pixel lighting techniques
- Advanced dynamic shadows
- Volumetric environmental effects including height fog
- Split-screen rendering
- Physics driven objects and sounds powered by Ageia’s PhysX technology
- Extensible particle system with visual editor
For more detailed information on what UE3 is capable of, check out Epic’s Unreal Engine Technology site, here.
Thanks go to the guys at Olrac.org for putting this benchmark together.
For all Vista tests, DX10 mode was used, and for XP DX9 was used.
High: 1600 x 1200, Level detail 5, model detail 5.
Medium: 1280 x 1024, level detail 5, model detail 5.
Low: 1280 x 1024, level detail 1, model detail 1.
No. of Bots: 12
Something that must be noted before reading the results is that Unreal Tournament 3’s benchmark is based around bots running around a level. This means that the benchmark runs differently each time although the environment is the same. This has an affect on benchmarking which is why we repeat the tests 3 times and take the average of the scores.
Weirdly here, under XP the 9800GT stayed almost perfectly the same frame rates as the 4870 x 2 from Sapphire. This would seem like a messup at our end, but after running the benchmark 3 times and taking the average, this is what came out. Due to the nature of the benchmark, the results can occasionaly throw you a curve ball which is what appears to have happened here.
GPU manufacturers really seem to have cottoned on with this generation of GPUs, that we don’t like noisy cards, as every one I’ve reviewed recently has been impressively quiet. The same is so for this 9800GT. At idle it’s almost silent, and even when you’re really stressing it in a game environment, it doesn’t extend much past audible.
The XFX 9800GT will set you back between £100 and £120, which sets it at the peak of the budget card range, and the introduction to the mid-range card; range. To clarify, this makes it £50 or so cheaper than the 9800GTX Black +, and less than a 3rd of the cost of the 4870 x2.