The results of this test in all resolutions are limited by the CPU performance. Better optimization of ATI RADEON 9700 PRO drivers ensures its top position.
Full-screen anti-aliasing only makes things worse for NVIDIA GeForce FX 5800 Ultra: it falls farther behind.
Anisotropic filtering is working under the conditions advantageous to NVIDIA GeForce FX. So, this card comes ahead in 1600x1200 resolution, where CPU performance and drivers optimization quality is of lower importance.
The combination of full-screen anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering quite expectedly brings ATI RADEON 9700 PRO ahead in higher resolutions.
This is the hardest of all 3DMark 2001 tests. The cards show similar performance, only the “Application” mode of NVIDIA GeForce FX spoils the picture: this highest-quality mode leads to a surprisingly big performance drop.
Traditionally, 4x full-screen anti-aliasing makes the results shift towards ATI RADEON 9700 PRO.
Once again NVIDIA GeForce FX 5800 Ultra shows a surprisingly big performance drop in the “Application” mode and loses to ATI RADEON 9700 PRO in the corresponding “Quality” mode. On the other hand, GeForce FX outruns RADEON 9700 PRO in “Balanced” and “Aggressive” modes.
Full-screen anti-aliasing added to anisotropic filtering allows ATI RADEON 9700 PRO to defeat the competitor in higher resolutions.