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Voodoo Shack: When Voodoo is what you do™

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Serious Sam

"Peaceful Night in Karnak" Demo, Quality settings, 16bit color and textures.  I chose this game mainly for it's implementation of large textures.   Since it's a newer game and uses a unique gaming engine, this OpenGL title seemed like a good choice for this comparision, especially since it has premade demos built in for benchmarking.  By choosing "quality" settings, it automatically used "huge" textures and highest detail settings, even in 16bit.  The V3 won't do 32bit textures, which once again points out one of the limitations of the Avenger GPU.  I also used the latest registered WickedGL for all cards, since the V3 refused to run the game correctly without it.

Serious Sam V5 (2) V5 (1) V4 V3 (166) V3 (183)
800x600x16 55.5 47.6 47.3 44.4 49.0
1024x768x16 51.0 33.3 33.5 30.5 33.5

Serious Sam

And again the Details:

V5 5500 (2)

800x600x16
Originally recorded: 3929 frames in 75.4 seconds => 52.1 FPS average.
Without excessive peaks: 3690 frames in 66.5 seconds => 55.5 FPS average.
High peak: 110.6 FPS
Low peak: 30.7 FPS
High sustained: 93.6 FPS (33 frames in 0.4 seconds)
Low sustained: 33.9 FPS (59 frames in 1.7 second

1024x768x16
Originally recorded: 3589 frames in 75.4 seconds => 47.6 FPS average.
Without excessive peaks: 3366 frames in 66.0 seconds => 51.0 FPS average.
High peak: 101.3 FPS
Low peak: 27.4 FPS
High sustained: 84.1 FPS (15 frames in 0.2 seconds)
Low sustained: 31.8 FPS (35 frames in 1.1 seconds)
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V5 5500 (1)

800x600x16
Originally recorded: 3424 frames in 75.4 seconds => 45.4 FPS average.
Without excessive peaks: 3265 frames in 68.5 seconds => 47.6 FPS average.
High peak: 95.5 FPS
Low peak: 26.7 FPS
Low sustained: 29.0 FPS (85 frames in 2.9 seconds)

1024x768x16
Originally recorded:  2483 frames in 75.4 seconds => 32.9 FPS average.
Without excessive peaks: 2390 frames in 71.9 seconds => 33.3 FPS average.
High peak: 57.8 FPS
Low peak: 23.0 FPS
High sustained: 42.6 FPS (9 frames in 0.2 seconds)
Low sustained: 25.0 FPS (23 frames in 0.9 seconds)
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V4 4500

800x600x16
Originally recorded: 3381 frames in 75.3 seconds => 44.9 FPS average.
Without excessive peaks: 3208 frames in 67.8 seconds => 47.3 FPS average.
High peak: 94.1 FPS
Low peak: 26.3 FPS
High sustained: 66.1 FPS (9 frames in 0.1 seconds)
Low sustained: 30.8 FPS (73 frames in 2.4 seconds)

1024x768x16
Originally recorded: 2493 frames in 75.4 seconds => 33.1 FPS average.
Without excessive peaks: 2379 frames in 71.1 seconds => 33.5 FPS average.
High peak: 57.3 FPS
Low peak: 23.2 FPS
High sustained: 44.1 FPS (10 frames in 0.2 seconds)
Low sustained: 25.3 FPS (66 frames in 2.6 seconds)
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V3 3000

800x600x16
Originally recorded: 3257 frames in 75.4 seconds => 42.2 FPS average.
Without excessive peaks: 3075 frames in 67.8 seconds => 44.4 FPS average.
High peak: 96.2 FPS
Low peak: 26.9 FPS
High sustained: 76.5 FPS (10 frames in 0.1 seconds)
Low sustained: 29.5 FPS (82 frames in 2.8 seconds)

1024x768x16
Originally recorded: 2265 frames in 75.4 seconds => 30.0 FPS average.
Without excessive peaks: 2225 frames in 73.0 seconds => 30.5 FPS average.
High peak: 67.9 FPS
Low peak: 19.4 FPS
High sustained: 58.6 FPS (23 frames in 0.4 seconds)
Low sustained: 21.1 FPS (21 frames in 1.0 seconds) -----------------------------------------------------
V3 3000 @ 183    

800x600x16
Originally recorded: 3485 frames in 75.4 seconds => 46.2 FPS average.
Without excessive peaks: 3285 frames in 67.1 seconds => 49.0 FPS average.
High peak: 100.6 FPS
Low peak: 27.5 FPS
High sustained: 76.6 FPS (9 frames in 0.1 seconds)
Low sustained: 30.7 FPS (67 frames in 2.2 seconds)

1024x768x16
Originally recorded: 2495 frames in 75.4 seconds => 33.1 FPS average.
Without excessive peaks: 2456 frames in 73.2 seconds => 33.5 FPS average.
High peak: 76.7 FPS
Low peak: 20.8 FPS
High sustained: 64.3 FPS (14 frames in 0.2 seconds)
Low sustained: 23.9 FPS (90 frames in 3.8 seconds)

Taking time to examine these benchmarks, it's clear that the VSA100 has definite advantages when running newer games with larger texture support.  It took a V3 @ 183MHz to match the performance of the V4 4500, so this can probably be attributed to the VSA100's more robust feature set and larger bank of SDRAM.  Not to mention the fact that the V5 and V4 ran this title perfectly out of the box, while the V3 needed the WickedGL.

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