Club3D Volari Duo V8 Ultra Review: XGI Volari Family Coming to Graphics Market. Page 20
[01/15/2004 01:47 PM | Graphics]
by Alexey Stepin , Anton Shilov , Tim Tscheblockov
We have an exceptionally interesting guest today: a dual-chip XGI Volari Duo V8 Ultra graphics card from Club 3D company. eXtreme Graphics Innovation is a new player on the highly competitive 3D graphics market, who decided to break and enter the scene with an expensive dual-GPU part. Historically graphics cards with two processors were able to demonstrate exceptional performance, but were quoted at a very high price-point. Dual-chip products on XGI Technology do not cost more than competitors’ single-chip offerings, but are they really fast in today’s games and have a bright future? Find it out with us!
We didn’t find any specific optimizations here, however, the overall performance of Club3D Volari Duo V8 Ultra turned out pretty low. It was much lower than that of RADEON 9600 XT, which has been considered an outsider in this benchmark.
We get the impression that OpenGL is a stumbling stone for all manufacturers trying to conquer the graphics market. As you remember, S3 Graphics also failed to develop a good driver for this API, although its performance is a little bit better than that of the XGI’s one. Anyway, since we have already seen the reaction of XGI Volari on enabled tri-linear filtering, we can also explain its failure in this OpenGL test by inefficient texture caching algorithms.
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