Futuremark 3DMark 05 Build 1.1.0
Let’s analyze likewise the results of the new version of the benchmark.
The graphics cards equipped with GPUs from ATI Technologies have the highest overall scores, being much better than their counterparts from NVIDIA, both on the AGP and PCI Express platform. The only exception if the GeForce 6600 GT AGP which has the best score in its class, but is closely followed by the RADEON 9800 XT. Let’s see what the success of the RADEONs is comprised of.
The first game test of the new 3DMark is a typical scene from modern first-person 3D shooters: closed environments, numerous light sources, and a bunch of angry enemies.
ATI’s graphics cards win everywhere, but the advantage varies from big (in the top-end class) to negligible (in the mainstream sector, like the RADEON X700 XT against the GeForce 6600 GT).
The same goes for the “eye candy” mode. By the way, the GeForce 6600 GT refuses to run this test in resolutions above 1024x768 because of having only 128 megabytes of graphics memory on board. Our sample of the RADEON X700 XT has 256MB of memory and works without problems.