d3_c17_12, Eye Candy Mode
In the eye candy mode, the graphics cards don’t differ among themselves in 1024x768 (save for the products based on RV350/RV360 as well as NV36 chips), but the leadership of the RADEON X800 family becomes apparent since 1280x1024 resolution. This tendency keeps on in the higher resolution, too. The GeForce FX 5950 Ultra outperforms the GeForce 6600 GT, but the latter is honestly working in the DirectX 9.0 mode, so it would be incorrect to compare the two cards.
Given significant dependence on the CPU in this particular demo, ATI’s RADEON X800 leadership over the GeForce 6800-series is not really substantial, in our point of view; however, it is pretty evident that the RADEON X800 family do the job better than the RADEON 9800-series and GeForce 6800-series. Currently the difference in performance is not that large, but once faster processors come out, the performance gap between different graphics architectures may become more apparent.