Performance in Semi-Synthetic Benchmarks
Aquamark3 is by no means a difficult test by today’s standards. Most of its pixel shaders are version 1.1 and 1.4, with a small share of version 2.0 ones. The result of this benchmark mostly depends on the performance of vertex processors as well as on the GPU’s ability to remove invisible surfaces. The GeForce 7800 GTX is on the same level with the RADEON X1800 XT 512MB here, although they go different ways to achieve the result: the former makes use of its 24 pixel processors and its simple-shader-oriented architecture, while the latter has high operational frequencies and an improved invisible surface removal algorithm. The GeForce 7800 GTX 512 has an even higher performance, but its advantage over the RADEON X1800 XT 512MB is not very big if given in percent, about 10-12%.
Final Fantasy XI Official Benchmark 3
The overclocked GeForce 7800 GTX 512 sets a new record in this benchmark, notching over 6500 points. When at its default frequencies, the card stops less than 100 points short of that mark, but its leadership is unchallenged anyway. The RADEON X1800 XT 512MB cannot score even 6000 points here.