Club3D Volari Duo V8 Ultra Review: XGI Volari Family Coming to Graphics Market. Page 28
[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!
Performance in 3DMark03
At first have a look at the general performance picture in 3DMark03:
The situation is very close to what we have just seen in Aquamark3: our today’s hero performs quite fast, being in between the mainstream and high-end solutions. However, the gap between XGI Volari Duo and the mainstream competitors is not that big at all. In this case we decided to check once again if this level of performance is still achieved at the expense of image quality, despite the fact that we couldn’t prove any optimizations with all certainty.
(old driver, renamed files, no cheats)
To our disappointment, we once again saw that XGI cheats with textures quality. We revealed some problems with lighting and texture level of detail. Now let’s take a closer look at 3DMark03 results:
Nothing extraordinary: Club3D Volari Duo V8 is not bad at all here, but only with all the hidden optimizations enabled. But when we disable them, the newcomer slows down to unbelievably low rates.
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