ATI’s new architecture is especially strong in 3DMark05 as this benchmark puts an emphasis on execution of very complex pixel shaders and this is where RADEON X1000 cards can show their best. The increased frequencies of the GeForce 7800 GTX 512 put it on top in this test, too, but the victory is not so impressive. The new GeForce scored only 347 points more than its opponent. We didn’t reach the 10,000 points mark on our testbed, but a faster CPU would probably have helped us to conquer that peak.
The RADEON X1800 XT 512MB and the GeForce 7800 GTX 512 start out at the same speed in this shooter-like test, but then the NVIDIA card goes ahead in higher resolutions. It enjoys a 15% advantage in the “pure speed” mode and a 20% advantage at the “eye candy” settings.