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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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External Mfg. Website: Nvidia May 05 2004   Chris Angelini  
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Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat

Comanche 4 Demo Source:Novalogic

The Comanche 4 benchmark demo is a unique benchmark as it represents a real-world gaming experience. It contains the single player "Eagle's Talon" mission from the game as well as a detailed cinematic. This DirectX 8.1 benchmark demo will measure your system's performance in the standard frames per second format. The benchmark was run with audio disabled.

Comanche 4 - Benchmark Results
1024x768 FPS Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800 XT 68.4

ATi Radeon X800 XT

67.4
nVidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 72.3
nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra

71.3

1280x1024 FPS Ranking

ATi Radeon 9800 XT

68

ATi Radeon X800 XT

67.5

nVidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 69.2
nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra

71.4

1600x1200 FPS Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800 XT 66.3
ATi Radeon X800 XT

67.2

nVidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 66.0
nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra

71.3

The second flight simulator in our test suite, Comanche 4, shows how well the GeForce 6800 Ultra handles the graphics load, all the way up to 1600x1200. Unlike IL2, though, Comanche 4 is very clearly limited by the performance of our Athlon 64 3400+ processor, which is why you see very linear benchmark results, despite the resolution increase.

Comanche 4 - 4x AA and 8x AF Results
4x AA, 8x AF - 1024x768 FPS Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800 XT 59.8

ATi Radeon X800 XT

67.0
nVidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 65.3
nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra

70.3

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

ATi Radeon 9800 XT

48.1

ATi Radeon X800 XT

65.4

nVidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 54.7
nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra

67.0

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

ATi Radeon 9800 XT

36.9

ATi Radeon X800 XT

61.6

nVidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 42.9
nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra

59.7

Even with anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering enabled the GeForce 6800 Ultra barely breaks a sweat. The Radeon X800 XT tells a similar tale, even passing the GeForce 6800 at 1600x1200 by about 2 FPS. The nVidia's GeForce FX 5950 Ultra does pretty well until 1280x1024, where it starts to lose some steam. The older Radeon 9800 XT is really showing its age at 1600x1200.

X2: The Threat Source:Egosoft

A completely rewritten 3D engine based on DirectX8 encompasses many visual effects such as volumetric Nebulae (gas clouds) that have a real impact in the game (you can hide in them), many new engine, shield, weapon and explosion effects. Objects cast real dynamic 3D shadows! Dynamic DP3 bump mapping allows a previously unseen level of detail. Bump mapping and shadows enabled for the tests.

X2: The Threat - Benchmark Results
1024x768 - 32bit FPS Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800 XT 69.5

ATi Radeon X800 XT

100.8
nVidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 76.1
nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra

98.5

1280x1024 - 32bit FPS Ranking

ATi Radeon 9800 XT

52.8

ATi Radeon X800 XT

84.7

nVidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 59.7
nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra

81.5

1600x1200 - 32bit FPS Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800 XT 41.0
ATi Radeon X800 XT

70.8

nVidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 46.6
nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra

68.1

X2: The Threat is a follow up to Enlight's X Beyond the Frontier that doesn't use any shading technologies, yet still features an impressive graphics engine. Though technology demos themselves are a bit self-serving, the X2 demo is based on an actual game that is currently shipping, and therefore should be representative of an in-game experience.

Despite its best efforts, the GeForce 6800 Ultra isn't able to catch up to ATI's RADEON X800 XT, though it manages to keep the difference within 2-3 FPS. The aging GeForce FX 5950 Ultra has no problem trouncing the RADEON 9800 XT.

X2: The Threat - 4x AA and 8x AF Results
4x AA, 8x AF - 1024x768 - 32bit FPS Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800 XT 44.2

ATi Radeon X800 XT

75.6
nVidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 51.6
nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra

79.6

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

ATi Radeon 9800 XT

32.9

ATi Radeon X800 XT

59.3

nVidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 36.7
nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra

62.1

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

ATi Radeon 9800 XT

24.8

ATi Radeon X800 XT

47.0

nVidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 27.3
nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra

50.6

In a quick role reversal, nVidia's flagship GeForce 6800 Ultra videocard takes the lead when 4xAA and 8xAF are turned on, followed closely by ATI's most recent release. The nVidia Geforce 5950 Ultra maintains the lead it established previously, unaffected by the addition of anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering. The Radeon 9800XT really shows its age, coming in at the very bottom with just 24.8 FPS at 1600x1200.

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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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