First post, by feipoa
I try to diversify the graphic cards in my systems and thought I found a system matching an ATI Radeon 7000. I have this Dell Dimension V400C system which contains a 400 MHz Mendocino slot 1 Celeron. The system has an onboard AGP 2x ATI Rage Turbo Pro, but it is pretty lousy. For expansion, there is no AGP port, so PCI/ISA only. After reading some posts on Vogons about the Radeon 7000 and Matrox G400 series, I decided that a Mendocino Celeron was good enough for a Radeon 7000. I ran some benchmarks briefly (sound on), with
GLQuake = 77 fps
Quake 2 = 27 fps
For this particular test, I was running a Mendocino 300A at 450 MHz w/ 100 MHz FSB. [Note that to trick a Dell/Gateway system to use 100 Mhz, tape over the B21 pin on the Celeron's SEPP cartridge.] I thought the Quake 2 score was rather slow, even though I was running 1280x960. I then put in a Radeon 9250 and got double the frame rate in Quake 2.
GLQuake = 86 fps
Quake 2 = 50 fps
I thought the Radeon 7000 was fast enough for a Celeron 400, is this not the case? And if not, what system is then suitable for a Radeon 7000 (R100)? I recall reading that the the R100 doesn't have functional T&L and I am guessing this is why the Quake 2 score is so slow. Besides cost, why would anyone use a PCI Radeon 7000, in any system, over a Radeon 9250?