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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


3DMark03 - Game2









The lightest mode (no AA or anisotropy): NV40 is equal to its rival with 400 MHz and overtakes it with the help of 450 MHz.

The heaviest mode (both AA and anisotropy): NV40 wins in both cases.

Thus:

  • NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra 450MHz vs. ATI RADEON X800 XT: an irrefutable victory.
  • NVIDIA 61.11 vs. 60.72: a 4-to-5-percent performance increase.

In this test, performance increase was really helpful for NV40 (shaders DX8.1, a heavy load on the core, hence such sensibility to frequency increase).

3DMark03 - Game3









The picture is, in fact, similar to the previous test.

Thus:

  • NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra 450MHz vs. ATI RADEON X800 XT: the former wins.
  • NVIDIA 61.11 vs. 60.72: an up-to-7-percent gain.

Because the test is close to the previous one in terms of the load shaders 1.1-1.4 create, the conclusions are the same.

3DMark03 - Game4









The lightest mode (no AA or anisotropy): X800 XT defeats its rival.

The heaviest mode (both AA and anisotropy): a colossal advantage over NV40.

Thus:

  • NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra 450MHz vs. ATI RADEON X800 XT: 450 MHz couldn't save NV40 from a defeat.
  • NVIDIA 61.11 vs. 60.72: an up-to-8-percent increase.

X800 XT was better in a test where shaders 2.0 prevailed. 450 MHz made no difference, although core frequency increase was influential. That is, bandwidth plays no crucial role here.



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

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