Issue: Volume: 25 Issue: 8 (August 2002)

News - 8/02

The 9900, with 256MB of memory, will be ATI's answer to 3Dlabs' high-end Wildcat line. The 9800, with 128MB, will target mid-range professional users. Though in recent months ATI has fallen behind in benchmark races, the company expects the new accelerators to perform well in SPECviewperf tests. The FireGL 9900 will sell in the sub-$2000 range, and the FireGL 9800 will cost less than $1000.

NaturalMotion Intros AI Characters
Natural Motion Limited (Oxford, UK) has announced Active Character Technology, a new character animation engine for use in the film, gaming, and viz/sim industries. The technology is designed to deliver characters that are controlled by artificial intelligence.


Wildcat III Bests DRV-08 Performers
The Wildcat III graphics accelerator from 3Dlabs, paired with both an HP and a Dell workstation, earned the best scores out of eight systems running the Design Review (DRV-08) subset of the SPECviewperf 7.0 OpenGL benchmark. The DRV-08 test consists of five operations, including walkthroughs, common to Design Review, a 3D plant design review program.

The mean scores represent the combined, weighted results of the five tests, measured in the number of frames per second the machines were able to execute. The larger the numbers, the better the performance.

To see how the same systems fared in other benchmark tests, or to review results from additional systems, visit

Design Review (DRV-08) Results
Workstation Graphics Card Price Mean Score
HP x2100 2.4GHz 3Dlabs Wildcat III 6110 $4408 60.78
Dell 530 2.4GHz 3Dlabs Wildcat III 6110 $4827 60.50
Dell 340 2.53GHz Nvidia Quadro4 900 XGL $3146 54.46
Dell 340 2.53GHz Nvidia Quadro4 700 XGL $2646 54.26
IBM M Pro 2.4GHz Nvidia Quadro4 900 XGL $3448 54.12
HP x2100 2.4GHz Nvidia Quadro4 900 XGL $3508 53.40
IBM M Pro 2.4GHz 3Dlabs Wildcat III 6110 $4208 50.84
IBM M Pro 2.4GHz ATI FireGL 8800 $2907 40.33
Companies listed are voluntary participants.
Source: SPEC/GPC benchmark results June 2002. Copyright Standard Performance Evaluation Corp.

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News is written and compiled by Jenny Donelan