Bij Thresh's FiringSquad hebben ze part 2 van hun Quake III videokaarten roundup online gemikt. Hierin hebben ze de benchmarks nogmaals gedraaid met wat nieuwere drivers, zoals de Detonators 5.08 voor de GeForce, Matrox TurboGL drivers, Wicked3D's WickedGL drivers en nieuwe S3 drivers voor de Savage 2000. Hieronder een hap uit de conclusie:
The 5.08 drivers offer a significant performance improvement for the NVIDIA cards in Quake 3. The framerate increase alone justifies the download.
Unfortunately, this performance increase can come at a cost. The FiringSquad message boards are full of unsuccesful 5.08 stories and the emails continue to flood in. Those are the risks you take when using unofficial drivers: increased performance at the risk of increased system incompatibilities.
Clearly you can't go very wrong with either GeForce board, the Viper II makes a good solution as well under the right conditions.
The Rage Fury Maxx is highly difficult to recommend based on performance alone, as its low resolution performance clearly has room for improvement. Keep in mind that this can change; the Rage Fury Maxx is the newest card of the bunch running on early drivers.
The older generation cards all offer similar performance and you shouldn't be disappointed with any one card in relation to another. Don't expect any of these cards to compete with a GeForce, but when you consider the current street price of any one of these cards it makes a pretty tempting offer.
In the end, the moral of the story is to keep your video drivers up-to-date. Newer driver releases can offer dramatically increased performance at no cost to the end user.