Naast Thresh's FiringSquad heeft ook Sharky Extreme vandaag een hands-on preview van de ATI Rage Fury MAXX gepost. Ook hier hebben ze hem vergeleken met de GeForce en de TNT2 Ultra. Als testsysteem hebben ze een overgeklokte Coppermine 800 gebruikt waardoor de ATi kaart bijna overal boven de GeForce eindigt. Check de hele preview hier.
It doesn't take us long does it? Here we're presented with one of the fastest, if not THE fastest 3D accelerator we've seen this year, and we're thinking "Hmmm…I wonder if we can overclock the two graphics processors beyond their stock 125MHz core speed…"
Curiosity soon turned to reality, as we pushed the 125MHz core speed of our beta Rage Fury MAXX to 137MHz, and the ram speed from 143MHz to approximately 166MHz.
This 10% improvement in core/memory speeds netted a 4 to 6% frame rate improvement in the same tests we used with the default clocked MAXX card for this piece.
You'd expect that doubling the chance for errors due to overclocking by including 2 x 32MB ram banks and 2 x graphics processors versus a standard video card would have been a strong impediment to any overclocking at all, but in our experiences with just a single beta MAXX card we didn't find that to be the case.
We didn't concentrate long on the overclocking potential of the MAXX for this particular article, simply because of its early status. Once we review a retail board in December, you can bet we'll be whipping out dual-peltier elements to supercool the two MAXX chips and really go for some numbers.