Bij Thresh's FiringSquad hebben ze eens onderzocht hoe de Voodoo5, ATi Radeon en GeForce2 GTS presteren onder Windows 2000. Uit de 3DMark2000 en Quake 3 Arena resultaten valt te concluderen dat de 3dfx kaart het snelste is in Direct3D, de GeForce2 is heer en meester onder OpenGL. Als je echt goed van je games wilt genieten kun je natuurlijk het beste even Win98 of WinME ernaast draaien... Hieronder de conclusie:
If we assume that these numbers are reliable, the best choice for Win2K systems would have to be the GeForce2 for OpenGL and the Voodoo5 5500 for Direct3D. The Radeon performed terribly in OpenGL, while maintaining a decent showing in Direct3D.
Keep in mind that Win2K drivers are generally updated less than those in Win9x systems although some developers are better than others. The Detonator drivers from NVIDIA have been constantly evolving regardless of OS. ATI generally hasn't been known to have very many driver updates. 3dfx tends to have a pretty good set of drivers right out of the box. Updates are rare but come out promptly if any serious problems are discovered. Remember, stability, not speed, are the goal of these drivers.
Our recommendation? Don't choose Windows 2000 for your gaming system. Aside from Quake and a handful of other titles, there aren't many games that support Win2K. When there is support, performance generally isn't up to par with that of Win9x systems either due to the game itself, video card drivers, or other unknown OS issues.
Take a look at our Voodoo5 numbers on a Win98 P3-933 machine. They're a world apart from our Win2K results. Regardless of what card you pick, one thing is for sure, gaming on an NT based system is definitely nowhere near as good as it is on a Win9x OS. The only plus might be the fact that you might be able to recover from a game crash without having to reboot in Win2K.
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