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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.

Map: CTF-Omicron-Dawn-bots
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.

nVIdia 9800GTX + Black

nVIdia 9800GTX + Black

The Unreal Tournament results are quire interesting, with the 9800GTX+ Black trouncing the 4870 under XP apart from at the highest settings. In Vista, the Sapphire draws ahead, but they even out at the highest settings.


Noise wise, the 9800GTX+ Black isn’t bad either. It runs very quietly when at idle, and even when it’s cranked up to full speed, it’s not too bad.


The cheapest price I could find for the card was £160. This seems like a pretty good deal considering it’s performance compared to the 4870 x2 which costs up to £350.


The 9800GTX+ Black is a pretty impressive card for the rather modest fee of £160. On some of the tests, it pulls level with the 4870 x2 and beats it a couple of times on certain settings, which is excellent for a card that costs around half of what the 4870 does. It’s not the best looking card around but it’s ok and it’s pretty quiet; while it doesn’t stand out as anything ground breaking, it definitely ticks most of the boxes. Hell, you get a copy of Far Cry 2 as well. If you’re looking for a card around the £160 range, this is the one for you.

Pros Cons
Great bang for buck Doesn’t OC that much
Nice and quiet  
Bundled game  



Thanks go to XFX for providing us with this case.

This review was syndicated on tech seed.


Last modified: February 15, 2011

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