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Battle of
ATI RADEON X800 XT and NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra
- Fragment Two:
450 MHz NV40 and New Tests of Both Cards


May 27, 2004







CONTENTS

  1. Introduction
  2. Features of the videocards
  3. Configurations of testbeds, test tools
  4. Synthetic tests in D3D RightMark
  5. Test results: Quake3 ARENA
  6. Test results: Serious Sam: The Second Encounter
  7. Test results: Return to Castle Wolfenstein
  8. Test results: Code Creatures DEMO
  9. Test results: Unreal Tournament 2003
  10. Test results: Unreal II: The Awakening
  11. Test results: RightMark 3D
  12. Test results: TRAOD
  13. Test results: FarCry (performance and quality)
  14. Test results: Call Of Duty
  15. Test results: HALO: Combat Evolved
  16. Test results: Half-Life2(beta)
  17. Test results: Splinter Cell
  18. Test results: Colin Mcrae Rally04 (performance and quality)
  19. Test results: Max Payne-2 (performance and quality)
  20. Test results: Painkiller (performance and quality)
  21. Test results: Need For Speed: Underground (performance and quality)
  22. Test results: Pirates of the Carribean (quality)
  23. Test results: Vietcong (quality)
  24. Test results: 3DMark03-Game1
  25. Test results: 3DMark03-Game2
  26. Test results: 3DMark03-Game3
  27. Test results: 3DMark03-Game4
  28. Test results: 3DMark03-MARKS
  29. Test results: AquaMark3
  30. Driver NVIDIA version 61.11
  31. Conclusions


Unreal Tournament 2003









The lightest mode (no AA or anisotropy): X800 XT wins, 450 MHz can't save NV40. Insufficient bandwidth plays an increasingly dramatic role for such card.

The heaviest mode (both AA and anisotropy): X800 XT wins easily, 450 MHz only narrowed the gap a little.

Thus:

  • NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra 450MHz vs. ATI RADEON X800 XT: the latter wins.
  • NVIDIA version 61.11 vs. 60.72: no differences.



Unreal II: The Awakening









The lightest mode (no AA or anisotropy): NV40 has a slim victory.

The heaviest mode (both AA and anisotropy): vice versa, X800 XT has a slim victory.

Thus:

  • NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra 450MHz vs. ATI RADEON X800 XT: a slim NV40 victory in the light mode and a loss in the heavy one. In total, a parity.
  • NVIDIA version 61.11 vs. 60.72: no differences.



RightMark 3D









The lightest mode (no AA or anisotropy): NV40 has a solid victory.

The heaviest mode (both AA and anisotropy): X800 XT wins in some places. On the whole, a parity (taking into account 450 MHz).

Thus:

  • NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra 450MHz vs. ATI RADEON X800 XT: a solid NV40 victory in the light mode and a parity in the heavy one.
  • NVIDIA version 61.11 vs. 60.72: virtually no differences.



TR:AoD, Paris5_4 DEMO









NV40 is defeated in all the modes, 450 MHz couldn't help it.

Thus:

  • NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra 450MHz vs. ATI RADEON X800 XT: the latter wins.
  • NVIDIA version 61.11 vs. 60.72 — an insignificant 3-percent speed gain in the pure mode and a colossal 40-percent increase in AA+AF.



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Andrey Vorobiev (anvakams@ixbt.com)
Alexander Medvedev (unclesam@ixbt.com)

28.04.2004


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