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Mega GPU Performance Comparison - The BIG BOYS come out to play - Benchmarks - Test Systems and Synthetic Gaming

Today we have something special for visual fans. We have collected six of the fastest, latest and greatest graphics cards currently on the market from nVidia and ATI including GeForce FX 5950 Ultra, 6800 Ultra AGP and PCI Express, Radeon 9800XT and the AGP versions of the X800PRO and X800XT PE. We cover each card briefly and then compare them all in our usual array of benchmarks. The BIG BOYS have come out to play!

By: | Editorials in Video Cards | Posted: Jul 27, 2004 4:00 am

PCI Express Test System Setup


Processor(s): Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz Prescott LGA775


Motherboard(s): ABIT AS8 (Supplied by ABIT)


Memory: 2 X 512MB Corsair PC4000 PRO LED (Supplied by Corsair Micro)


Hard Disk(s): Western Digital Raptor 36GB 10,000 RPM


Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP1


AGP Test System Setup


Processor(s): Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz Northwood


Motherboard(s): ABIT AG8 (Supplied by ABIT)


Memory: 2 X 512 Corsair PC4000 PRO LED (Supplied by Corsair Micro)


Hard Disk(s): Western Digital Raptor 36GB 10,000 RPM


Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP1


Drivers Used: On the ATI side we used the 4.7 cats and on the nVidia side we used the 61.34 drivers.


As we mentioned we will be testing the six hottest cards available with our normal array of benchmarks. Before we get into the benchmark numbers, we'll give a quick run down of all the different GPU's used.



The table above gives you a quick idea on how all the cards compare against each other as far as the number side of things go. The X800XT looks the fastest with 16 pipelines, 520MHz core and 560MHz memory or 1.12GHz DDR. If this is true or note we will find out in our benchmarks.


3DMark2001 SE


3DMark2001 SE is a part of the popular 3DMark series. By combining DirectX 8.1 support with completely new graphics (including the GeForce4), it continues to provide benchmark results that empower you to make informed hardware assessments.




At the lower resolution you can clearly see that both the X800PRO and X800XT beat the 6800 Ultra cards. When moving to the higher resolution, the AGP 6800 Ultra leaps ahead of all the other cards. In both graphs you can see quite a big jump when compared to the last generation cards.


3DMark 03


3DMark03 is the latest version of the highly favored 3DMark series. By combining full DirectX9.0 support with completely new tests and graphics, 3DMark03 continues the legacy of being industry standard benchmark.


Please Note: Due to recent events with the 3DMark03 series, we are adding results purely for those who are still in favor of 3DMark03. These results should not be taken too seriously and are only added for interest sakes.




Here you can see at both resolutions the 6800's and X800XT are very close. The X800PRO does lag behind a little bit but you can see that there is a huge jump from the previous cards - the 5950 Ultra and 9800XT.


Aquamark 3


Aquamark3 is the latest installment of the Aquamark benchmark suite. This new benchmark is much more powerful and demands much more from both the system and the graphics card. If there is any weakness in the system or 3D components, Aquamark3 will find them.



It seems that the PCI Express architecture isn't quite as advanced as it could be at the moment and you can see that it clearly lags behind the AGP version of the card.




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