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Futuremark 3DMark06 build 120

The GeForce 7900 GTX wins in the newest version of Futuremark’s benchmark, leaving the ASUS EAX1900XTX a little behind. Nvidia’s flagship product superbly handles tasks in which high shader performance should be combined with a high scene fill rate. It is such scenes 3DMark06 is comprised of.

The SM2.0 tests appreciate a high fill rate and a fast execution of version 2.0 shaders. So, the ASUS card has nothing to show its strength on and it takes the second place behind the GeForce 7900 GTX.

The second group of tests, using SM3.0 and HDR, is a playground for the ASUS EAX1900XTX. It’s here that the Radeon X1900 architecture shows its very best. The 48 pixel processors and the ring-bus memory controller are much more efficient at executing the huge amount of math1ematics-heavy version 3.0 pixel shaders and processing HDR lighting. Unfortunately, we can’t compare solutions from ATI and Nvidia in the FSAA modes because the latter do not support FSAA and HDR simultaneously.

In the first two resolutions the ASUS EAX1900XTX is about 15% slower than the GeForce 7900 GTX, but in 1600x1200 it is the memory subsystem performance that becomes more important. The Radeon X1900 XTX is so far unrivalled from this standpoint and leaves the GeForce 7900 GTX behind or equals it.

The second test isn’t that sensitive to the texturing speed as the first one, and the GeForce 7900 GTX gives way to the ASUS EAX1900XTX. In its turn, the ASUS is not much faster than the cheaper Radeon X1900 XT.

As you can see, the GeForce 7900 GTX wins the SM2.0 tests only by winning the first of them, which is large and very sensitive to the texturing speed.

 
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