Graphics Cards’ Performance, Pure Mode
Training level contains a lot of grass, trees and water representing a significant amount of similar levels available in the game.
While on this particular level using of Shader Model 3.0 did not bring a really big benefit to the GeForce 6800-series, the GeForce 6800 Ultra is still either in par or faster compared to the RADEON X800 XT, meanwhile the RADEON X800 PRO is seriously behind the GeForce 6800 GT in all resolutions except 1600x1200, where ATI’s $399 offering beats NVIDIA’s $399 offering.
Note that in 1280x1024 and 1600x1200 resolutions SM 3.0 optimizations added strong muscle for the GeForce 6800-series in terms of minimal fps, meaning that actual gaming process improved significantly.
It is necessary to point out that the GeForce 6800 available today at some $299 or higher price-point is significantly faster compared to the RADEON 9800 XT that costs practically the same money.