Onion's 3D Mark 2000
This number made my jaw drop. I'm
still not sure why the score is so low. I repeated the benchmark four times
and the results were always within one point of this score. I checked in the
Matrox drivers and made sure that the performance enhancing features were
enabled (they are by default). I suspect that the latest drivers aren't giving
this card the best possible 3D Mark score like the latest drivers from nVidia
does for their cards. 3D Mark is a synthetic benchmark and is a good benchmark
for comparing your system performance to another's, but it simply doesn't
show all the performance capable from a configuration like a game benchmark
can. You can download 3D Mark 2000 here.
Here, the resolutions are all separated.
You can figure out where your gaming preferences fall. I usually play with
a resolution of 1024x768 - but 1280x1024 strains a setup much more and really
brings it to its knees. I have to say that Matrox has done a lot of work with
how good their card displays textures and lighting effects. What became immediately
apparent during testing and later when I played a couple of hours of Quake
III is that the max usable resolution in the "Normal" setting is
800x600. Any more resolution or going into "High Quality" mode really
crippled the performance. Hopefully the next drivers from Matrox will give
us a noticable bump in performance.