NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GS – The Best of the Holiday Season 2005?. Page 24
[11/08/2005 02:26 AM | Graphics]
by Alexey Stepin , Yaroslav Lyssenko
NVIDIA has released high-performance high-margin GeForce 7800 GT and GTX graphics processors which offer advanced functionality and performance sufficient for majority of games. But there are people who would not like to pay $449 or $599 per graphics card and there is Holiday season coming, when all the users go on and spend their money. NVIDIA introduced its GeForce 6800 GS product which costs $249 and frequently manages to leave behind the GeForce 6800 GT in order to offer probably the best “bang for the buck” in 2005.
3DMark05 has it in a different way: the RADEON X1600 XT, not brilliant in earlier tests, shows its best in this benchmark where the graphics card has to process huge amounts of complex shaders. But anyway, the GeForce 6800 GS scores only 102 points less, so we can consider these two cards as equals. Let’s see if it is so in each of the tests.
The first test doesn’t seem to bring any surprises and the GeForce 6800 GS goes abreast to the RADEON X1600 XT, but the latter doesn’t do so well in the “eye candy” mode. Despite the brand new architecture and high GPU and memory frequencies, the RADEON X1000 only outperforms the previous-generation RADEON X800 XL there.
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