"How does the new Orion RAGE 128 run
on an old PowerMac 7500
with a G3 Upgrade?"
Created 6/17/99 by rob ART morgan
First, the 2D
Next, the 3D
Sell or trade in whatever you got for a RAGE 128 board.
(but before you do
that, read about Voodoo3)
- The purpose of this test was to see
how the Orion helped an "aging" 7500 with a "mid speed" G3
upgrade. Although it didn't impress me on the MacBench tests, it
sizzled in the "real world" 2D scrolling tests.
- For the 3D tests, I replaced the
Ultimate Rez with a Game Wizard 3Dfx Voodoo2 board. You definitely
want to play Unreal in 32 bit mode when using the Orion for visual
quality. Amazingly, it was just as fast in 32 bit mode as it was
in 16 bit mode.
- I apologize for not including the
MacTell Vision 3D Pro II Lite in this test. I would guess it beats
the Orion in 2D tests but it won't even run the 3D tests. One
reader was considering getting a Vision 3D (for 2D) and mating it
with a Game Wizard Voodoo2 (for 3D games) to create the ultimate
combination. There are two problems with that strategy: a) You'll
spend three times as much as getting the Orion, and b) you'll
gobble up 2 PCI slots instead of one. Face it, ATI has created the
best all around graphics accelerator board at a bargain
- I also have some test
results showing what the Orion board can do on a Blue & White
"Yosemite" G3 Power Mac.
Test Equipment &
Orion RAGE 128
Game Wizard 3Dfx
ix3D Ultimate Rez
Xclaim VR RAGE Pro
- Test Mac was an aging 7500 with a
PowerLogix PowerForce G3/275/275 set to 292MHz and 1:1 cache
- The MacBench
5.0 suite from Ziff-Davis was
used. It's one of the few benchmark applications that closely
simulates "real world" usage. You need the CD-ROM to run the
Graphics tests. It only costs $5 to order.
- For the WordPerfect
3.5.3 scrolling test, I
created a 120 page document containing the sentence "The Quick
Brown Fox Jumped Over The Lazy Dogs" repeated over and over in
paragraphs of 8 sentences each in 14 point Times font. Using a
stopwatch, I timed how long it took to scroll from the beginning
to the end of the document while holding the mouse button down
with cursor over the scrolling arrow. (Font smoothing was turned
ON for my test but you might want to consider turning it off. I
found it took 50% longer to scroll through a document with it
Photoshop scrolling test was
run using 4.0.1
DEMO (120MB App size), a 30MB
test document, and a stop watch. Results were rounded to the
nearest half second. The scroll
test was done at 400% zoom; scroll arrow held down while scrolling
from top to bottom
- The Unreal
3D 2.2.4b2 test used was the
Castle Flyby that comes up at startup. I turned on all the bells
and whistles to get high quality graphics. The new version of
Unreal doesn't need the Timedemo.u file in the System Folder any
longer. To get the average frames per second, you press "~" and
enter "timedemo 1". Then press "~" to open up the full screen
again. What's cool is that it restarts the flyby at the castle
entrance. To turn the frame rate display off, you enter "timedemo
"frames per second" ratings were obtained by starting up the game,
pressing the "~" key, then entering "TIMEDEMO DEMO1" followed by
RETURN and another "~" once the demo started. The average frame
rate is displayed at the bottom of the screen at the end of the
demo. Monitor and Game Resolution was set to 640 x 480. Options
were set to Flames ON, Filtering ON, Shadows ON, Skip Lines OFF,
Double Pixels OFF.
Technology for the use of the
Orion RAGE 128
for lowest prices on the RAGE 128
boards (and PowerLogix ZIF upgrades). One of my favorite sources
-- they specialize in upgrades for cpu, graphics and hard drives.
They REALLY know their stuff.
If you want your own copy of
5.0 , the CD-ROM costs $5 to
order from Ziff-Davis.
here for more BARE FEATS speed results
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