Since Quake3 is being used by most reviewers for benchmarking
(and obviously from my remarks above, I like Quake3),
I'm using it here, the retail version, in this review to provide
some common ground for comparisons.
Test System: PIII 500E overclocked to 667Mhz and 775Mhz
on a Soyo SY-6VBA 133 motherboard with 128MB of Corsair PC133
Note: The Soyo SY-6VBA 133 motherboard uses a VIA Apollo
Pro 133 chipset. The motherboard uses an AGP clock divider of
1/2 on the FSB speeds of 133Mhz to 155Mhz that we ran the PIII
500E at during this test. This kept the Annihilator Pro within
a reasonable bus rate while the system was operating at with
the overclocked PIII 500E.
Most of us when we consider buying a new video card want to
know just how much more performance we will get for all the
money we spend on the card. The Annihilator Pro delivers some
really impressive Quake 3 FPS numbers, but at almost 3 times
the cost when compared to the Voodoo3 2000 used as a comparison
in this review. In comparing the Annihilator Pro to the Voodoo3
2000, we ran a Pentium III 500E overclocked at 667Mhz. When
we compare the default memory clock rates between the Annihilator
Pro and the Voodoo3 2000, we see a performance gain of 24.1
fps at 640x480 a 41.6% increase. We see the largest fps jump
at the 1024x768 resolution with a 37.9 fps difference. We see
the largest percentage increase at 1280x1024 with a 131.4% increase.
The chart below also lists the Voodoo3 2000 overclocked to 163Mhz.
The Voodoo3 2000 doesn't support 32 bit color, so the 32 bit
Quake III benchmarks were done with the Pentium III 500E overclocked
at 667Mhz, 720Mhz, and 750Mhz settings to show the effect of
the CPU with the Annihilator Pro. At the higher resolutions
of 1600x1200 and 1280x1024, increasing the CPU speed has no
effect as the Annihilator Pro becomes the limiting factor at
those resolutions. There is a 1.1 fps increase going from 667Mhz
to 775Mhz at 1024x768. The fps differences are larger at the
800x600 and 640x480 resolutions as the Annihilator Pro is able
to send the CPU all it can handle.
As mentioned earlier, the Creative Lab drivers provide you
with a slider to overclock the memory, but do not provide one
for the core. I limited the overclocking of the Annihilator
Pro to using the supplied Creative Labs drivers. I have had
no problems at all that I can attribute to the Creative Labs
Annihilator Pro while running it at the max allowed with those
drivers(330Mhz). I got about a 1 fps boost at the 1280x1024
and 1024x768 resolutions in 16 bit color under Quake III. Oh
well, every little bit helps when it comes to Quake III, eh?
The overclocking gave larger increases at the 32 bit color settings.
There I got a 4 to 5 fps increase at the 1280x1024 and 1024x768
resolutions. (Note: The Pentium III 500E CPU is running at
775Mhz for these two charts.)