iXBT heeft effe een comparison gemaakt van de laatste generatie videokaarten en hoe deze rakkers het doen onder Quake 3. Meegenomen zijn de 3dfx Voodoo3 3000, Matrox Millennium G400 32MB, PowerColor X-Demon 32MB (een of andere Savage4 Pro kaart) de Creative 3D Blaster Riva TNT2 Ultra 32MB en als laatste de Hercules Dynamite TNT2 Ultra 32MB. Check het artikel, inclusief screenshots en benchmarks, hier.
In spring id Software didn't provide any testing labs with a modern tool for checking performance. This company traditionally releases the games, which in fact turn into standard benchmarks showing the gaming power of the system tested. The engines developed there are so popular and demanded among the game-makers that graphics cards manufacturers sometimes provide their products with Quake drivers and optimize them for higher performance of the whole system. Quake-games are almost the only ones, which manage to achieve fantastic realism and amazingly beautiful effects with API OpenGL. So, at present the comprehensive testing turns out absolutely impossible without Q3Test.
But, our day has finally come. During last two weeks we got even two versions of the so impatiently awaited Q3Test: first came out ver. 1.06 and then a bit later - ver. 1.07, which finally could boast the properly working integrated benchmark. We couldn't leave this occasion unnoticed and decided to take advantage of the case and to try all the today's graphics accelerators with the new benchmark. Judging by the results achieved in this test, we can now speak about the future of the graphics cards taking into account the coming release of the so long awaited Quake3 Arena. This game will undoubtedly become an unsurpassed blockbuster among computer games.