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nVidia Geforce 6800 Ultra Reference Videocard Review

nVidia Geforce 6800 Ultra Reference Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: NV40, in comparison, sports no less than 222 million transistors on IBM's 130nm process. The graphics processor wields 16 pixel-pipelines and a 256-bit memory bus populated by GDDR-3 memory modules.
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Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Nvidia May 05 2004   Chris Angelini  
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Benchmarks: QIII Arena, IL2 Sturmovik

Quake III Arena Source: ID Software

Quake III Arena is a First Person Shooter (FPS) that revolutionized gaming as we know it. Using multiple light sources and having graphics textures that can fill videocards, even after 4 years it's still able to bring a cutting edge system to its knees. Old as it may be, the Quake III engine is an integral component of several popular games. In its original form, Quake III runs at speeds in excess of 300 frames per second. That is, unless you enable anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering.

QIII Arena - Benchmark Results
1024x768 - 32bit FPS Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800 XT 343.5

ATi Radeon X800 XT

344.5
nVidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 373.2
nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra

372.8

1280x1024 - 32bit FPS Ranking

ATi Radeon 9800 XT

305.7

ATi Radeon X800 XT

338.8

nVidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 328.1
nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra

366.1

1600x1200 - 32bit FPS Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800 XT 247.1
ATi Radeon X800 XT

325.4

nVidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 265
nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra

358.8

At every resolution between 1024x768 and 1600x1200, the GeForce 6800 Ultra finishes in a commanding first place. The Radeon X800 XT follows, roughly 10 percent behind nVidia's recent release. Meanwhile, the GeForce FX 5950 Ultra further demonstrates its robust OpenGL ICD by beating out the Radeon 9800 XT as well.

QIII Arena - 4x AA and 8x AF Results
4x AA, 8x AF - 1024x768 - 32bit FPS Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800 XT 264.9

ATi Radeon X800 XT

329.2
nVidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 264.1
nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra

359.7

4x AA, 8x AF - 1280x1024 - 32bit FPS Ranking

ATi Radeon 9800 XT

179.8

ATi Radeon X800 XT

274

nVidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 193.4
nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra

305.9

4x AA, 8x AF - 1600x1200 - 32bit FPS Ranking

ATi Radeon 9800 XT

129.2

ATi Radeon X800 XT

207.2

nVidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 149.3
nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra

252.9

Nvidia's cards do very well with 4x anti-aliasing and 8x anisotropic filtering enabled. The nVidia 6800 Ultra ranks in with the highest scores in all tests, and even the older FX5950 Ultra easily beats out the Radeon 9800XT.

IL2 Sturmovik Source: UBISOFT

IL2 is a flight simulator that tends to run best under OpenGL. It doesn't include a benchmarking mode, per se, so it is necessary to use Fraps for recording an accurate average frame rate. In this case, we've played back TheBlackDeath from five to forty five seconds.

IL2 Sturmovik - Benchmark Results
1024x768 FPS Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800 XT 69.1

ATi Radeon X800 XT

70
nVidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 69.6
nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra

81.5

1280x1024 FPS Ranking

ATi Radeon 9800 XT

61.4

ATi Radeon X800 XT

65.6

nVidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 56.6
nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra

76.8

1600x1200 FPS Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800 XT 49.5
ATi Radeon X800 XT

63.9

nVidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 32.6
nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra

68.1

Although simulators are traditionally very dependant on processor performance, the nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra manages to put quite a bit of distance between itself and ATI's Radeon X800 XT, right up to 1600x1200. ATI's Radeon 9800 XT, on the other hand, easily beats the GeForce FX 5950 Ultra.

IL2 Sturmovik - 4x AA and 8x AF Results
4x AA, 8x AF - 1024x768 FPS Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800 XT 48.3

ATi Radeon X800 XT

68.6
nVidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 39
nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra

73.6

4x AA, 8x AF - 1280x1024 FPS Ranking

ATi Radeon 9800 XT

33.1

ATi Radeon X800 XT

60.4

nVidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 24.2
nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra

55.4

4x AA, 8x AF - 1600x1200 FPS Ranking

ATi Radeon 9800 XT

23

ATi Radeon X800 XT

45.4

nVidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 17.9
nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra

38.1

The balance of power shifts as anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering are applied to each card. Both of ATI's products beat their respective competition, except at 1024x768 where the 6800 Ultra comes in way ahead. At 1600x1200, the Radeon X800 XT stays ahead of the Geforce 6800 Ultra by a good margin.

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Contents of Article: Nvidia Geforce 6800 Ultra
 Pg 1.  nVidia Geforce 6800 Ultra Reference Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  Pixel Power and 480W too...
 Pg 3.  Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: System Specs, 3DMark03
 Pg 5.  — Benchmarks: QIII Arena, IL2 Sturmovik
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Final Fantasy, UT2004
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Far Cry, Conclusions

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