So, in spite of all our apprehensions, the extreme overclocking of ATI RADEON 9700 PRO is a rewarding thing.
With proper cooling and increased chip and memory voltages, we managed to raise the graphics core and memory clock-rates by 38.5% and 29%, respectively. The maximum frequencies the graphics card would work at were 450MHz for the core and 800MHz (400MHz DDR) for the memory. That's definitely a record-breaking performance!
Judging by the results obtained in Unreal Tournament, the performance growth we got during overclocking reached 30-35%. In other words, it appeared proportional to the increase of the chip and memory frequencies.
We also learned that the issue of poor "balance" of ATI RADEON 9700 PRO holds true. With 256bit DDR SDRAM memory bus, this graphics chip has "only" eight texture modules and it is the texturing speed that may become the bottleneck in certain situations. But, as the benchmarks show, ATI RADEON 9700 PRO gets definitely "out of balance" only when anisotropic filtering is enabled. In all other cases, the workload is shared evenly between the chip and the memory bus.
So, we are ready to meet NV30. Are you?
LEIA A MATÉRIA COMPLETA:
Ja que, a GeForce FX, vai ser 30% melhor, que a R9700PRO, com esse "pequeno" overclock as duas, teoricamente, vao ser iguais (Claro que com a GfFX em stock).