Wow! We were absolutely blown away by the performance of both cards. This round proved to be a tough one indeed. On the high-end Athlon 700 the ATI Rage Fury Maxx, under 32bit mode, absolutely raped the GeForce, and sent it away carrying a jar of Vaseline. We did the 16bit benchmarks, however it's doubtful that anyone would want to spend $2K+ on a high-end gaming system, then an additional $250.00 for a graphics card just to run it at 640x480 @ 16bit.
What I can't understand, is why NVIDIA hasn't looked in their own backyard instead of worrying about other companies like 3dfx not supporting 32bit rendering with their Voodoo3 part, when it's obvious that their own chip falls apart when switching to 32bit mode. Sometimes even losing up to 50% framerate. Perhaps they should've called it the GeFARCE? Hopefully those scores will improve as they release newer drivers in the future.
The GeForce, in my opinion only really shines on the lower-end Celeron 500 system, as it completely pulls away from the more CPU-dependant ATI Rage Fury Maxx in all of our testing. This, however, seems to be kind of like shooting themselves in the foot. "Hey, let's design a card, and price it so that only high-end gamers would/could afford it, and then not have it perform well under 32bit, which is the color mode we've been preaching to other companies *cough* 3dfx *cough* for the last 6 months." duh..
Check deze page voor de Athlon 700 benchmarks. De GeForce kaart wordt hard onderuit gehaald!