Game 4: Nature
In the last gaming test of 3DMark2001 SE test set we would like to dwell on the work of NVIDIA solutions in Performance mode with forced anisotropic filtering. It is remarkable that 3DMark2001 SE Nature appeared the hardest test for ATI RADEON 9800 Pro and RADEON 9700 Pro: having surpassed NVIDIA GeForce FX 5800 Ultra when full-screen anti-aliasing was enabled, both ATI solutions didn’t retain their advantage on forcing anisotropic filtering. As a result, they didn’t perform that greatly in the “hardest” test.
All in all, 3DMark2001 SE results once again confirmed the advantage of NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra over the predecessor, which we have already seen in the previous tests.
ATI RADEON 9800 Pro and RADEON 9700 Pro graphics cards appeared more successful in 3DMark2001 SE than in other gaming benchmarks. One of the possible reasons for that is the fact that 3DMark2001 SE doesn’t use tri-linear filtering, which means that in case of forced anisotropic filtering ATI chips worked in Performance mode, which is faster than Quality.
However, we wouldn’t disregard other factors as well, such as well-polished Direct3D part of the drivers, or the availability of some special driver optimizations for 3DMark2001 SE