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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.
 80% Rating:   
Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Nvidia May 05 2004   C. Angelini  
Home > Reviews > Video Cards > Nvidia Geforce 6800 Ultra

Benchmarks: System Specs, 3DMark03

PCStats Test System Specs:

AMD Athlon64 3400+

Clock Speed: 2.2 GHz

Gigabyte K8VNXP, VIA K8T800


ATi Radeon 9800XT 256MB
ATi Radeon X800 XT Pt Ed. 256MB
nVidia FX5950 Ultra 256MB
nVidia 6800 Ultra 256MB


2x 512MB Corsair TwinX 4000 ProL

Hard Drive: 36GB WD 10K RPM SATA
PowerSupply: Vantec Stealth 470W
Software Setup

WindowsXP SP1, DX9.0b
Catalyst 3.9
Detonator 61.11

Workstation Benchmarks

Futuremark 3DMark03 V.340
QIII: Arena v1.32 'four' demo
Comanche 4 Benchmark demo
X2: The Threat Rolling demo
Final Fantasy XI Benchmark demo
Far Cry 1.1
IL2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles

Futuremark 3DMark2003 Source: FutureMark

This new accurate diagnostic tool, designed for DirectX9.0, provides you with all the information you need to make informed hardware assessments. Havok Total real-time physics library from Havok - these routines are used to accurately model the movements of objects due to forces, etc. FMOD sound library from Firelight Technologies - these are used for the various sound effects and routines used in the tests. Graphics adapter analysis software from Powerstrip of Entech Taiwan - this is used to correctly determine the speeds of the graphics processing and video memory chips, plus supply additional hardware information. Higher 3DMark03 scores denote better performance.

Higher numbers denote better performance.

3DMark03 - Benchmark Results
Video Card 3DMarks Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800 XT 6565
ATi Radeon X800 XT 11624
nVidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 6148
nVidia Geforce 6800 Ultra 11644

Last year, when FutureMark released its 3DMark03 synthetic benchmark, nVidia was quick to undermine the metric's viability as a legitimate measure of graphics performance. During the course of the NV3x architecture's lifespan, nVidia has consistently followed ATI with regard to 3DMark03 performance.

Suddenly, nVidia is back in FutureMark's camp, touting 3DMark03 performance at a recent press event to promote its GeForce 6800. Indeed, it isn't hard to see why since the GeForce 6800 Ultra does significantly better than its predecessor, nearly doubling its score. Most notably, performance in the second and third game tests jumps, while both the single and multi-texture fill rates double.

3DMark03 - Benchmark Results in Detail
GT1 FPS Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800 XT 211.4

ATi Radeon X800 XT

nVidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 202.3
nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra


GT2 FPS Ranking

ATi Radeon 9800 XT


ATi Radeon X800 XT


nVidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 42.1
nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra


GT3 FPS Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800 XT 38.5
ATi Radeon X800 XT


nVidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 35.3
nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra


GT4 FPS Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800 XT 40.2

ATi Radeon X800 XT

nVidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 37.6
nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra


Fill Rate (Single) Megapixel/s Ranking

ATi Radeon 9800 XT


ATi Radeon X800 XT


nVidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 1506.9
nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra


Fill Rate (Multi) Megatexel/s Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800 XT 3174.3
ATi Radeon X800 XT


nVidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 3347.7
nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra


Vertex Shader FSP Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800 XT 19.7

ATi Radeon X800 XT

nVidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 18.6
nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra


Pixel Shader 2.0 FPS Ranking

ATi Radeon 9800 XT


ATi Radeon X800 XT


nVidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 51.8
nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra


Ragtroll FPS Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800 XT 28.1
ATi Radeon X800 XT


nVidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 21.5
nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra


nVidia's GeForce 6800 Ultra claims an extremely narrow victory compared to ATI's new flagship, the X800 XT. The Radeon 9800 XT assumes its third-place spot, and the GeForce FX 5950 Ultra brings up the rear.

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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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