Club3D Volari Duo V8 Ultra Review: XGI Volari Family Coming to Graphics Market. Page 21
[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!
In Unreal Tournament 2003 the newcomer manages to perform a little bit better than in OpenGL games: it runs almost neck and neck with other mainstream graphics solutions. When we used the XGI Reactor v1.00.000 drivers, Club3D Volari Duo V8 Ultra performed much faster, but it was only possible at the expense of image quality, which got notably worse. In the new drivers, XGI corrected its mistake and now the picture looks quite OK. However, the performance dropped down to the speed of the today’s mainstream solutions.
Despite the fact that the image quality improved, it is still far from ideal. Take a look yourselves:
The problems with texture level of detail and scene lighting are undeniable. The latter is especially evident in Antalus screenshots. This way, we clearly see that even with the new drivers the image quality leaves much to be desired.
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