Performance in Synthetic Benchmarks
A few days ago we published a review of ATI’s new-generation top-end graphics cards and found a new 3DMark03 performance leader – the ATI RADEON X1800 XT scored over 16,000 points. This time we’ve got another record-breaker: the ASUS Extreme N7800GTX TOP overcomes the 17,000 points mark and wrests the leadership from the hands of ATI Technologies.
The ASUS card doesn’t show anything exceptional in the first test. Moreover, it is slower than the reference GeForce 7800 GTX in the “pure speed” mode for some unknown reason. It’s only with enabled full-screen antialiasing and in 1600x1200 resolution, i.e. when the memory subsystem performance comes to the fore, that you can see a considerable performance gain.
The second test goes beyond the DirectX 7 limits, using normal maps and dynamic stencil shadows. It shows that the ASUS Extreme N7800GTX TOP is 10-13% faster than the standard GeForce 7800 GTX, even in the lowest resolution. As a result, the ASUS card can successfully compete with the dangerous ATI RADEON X1800 XT. The latter wins its first place back in 1280x1024 resolution of the “eye candy” mode due to its 1.5GHz memory frequency and the Bus Ring architecture. The ASUS Extreme N7800GTX TOP is no farther than 10% behind even in the highest resolution, though.