Club3D Volari Duo V8 Ultra Review: XGI Volari Family Coming to Graphics Market. Page 22
[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!
And here is the first disclosure: HALO game started running much slower on Volari after we renamed the halo.exe file. What allowed the card to run as fast as GeForce FX 5600 Ultra? Take a look at the screenshots below and you will get the point:
(with renamed files)
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The image quality on the first screenshot is simply awful: the textures are greatly washed out, and this blurring starts almost at the foot of the player. Moreover, the scaling effect can be noticed on the entire image: look at the polygon edges and at the target cross. On the left you see enlarged fragments of the “optimized” image. On the right – the image without “optimizations”.
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