Club3D Volari Duo V8 Ultra Review: XGI Volari Family Coming to Graphics Market. Page 26
[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!
Command & Conquer Generals: Zero Hour is a real time strategy, which uses 1280x960 resolution, considered non-standard by XGI Reactor driver.
Do you want me to comment on that? Why is the performance so low? Is it because of inefficient Volari architecture or raw drivers? I hope that the problem lies with the drivers, although the low-level fillrate and texturing tests proved the other way.
In Final Fantasy XI Official Benchmark 2 Club 3D Volari Duo V8 Ultra looks pretty fine, although it is not the best here. It performs as fast as RADEON 9600 XT. It really surprised me a lot, but the image quality didn’t arouse any reproach on our part.
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