The fourth gaming test from the 3DMark03 suite confirms the belonging of the NV40 to the next generation of graphics processors. It is especially obvious from the results with FSAA and AF.
Thus, the new chip from NVIDIA, the GeForce 6800 Ultra, showed a highest level of performance in all gaming tests, leaving its rivals far behind. The new chip is ideal for playing upcoming, next-gen games where expensive RADEON 9800 XT and GeForce FX 5950 Ultra stumble and falter.
Of course, there’s no sense in using the GeForce 6800 Ultra in low resolutions or without enabling full-screen antialiasing and anisotropic filtering as the game speed will be most likely limited by the CPU performance. Only some super-difficult games like Lock On are an exception to this rule.
We are reserved in our praises to the GeForce 6800 Ultra, though, as it produced visual artifacts in a couple of games. These driver-related problems will probably disappear when the new GPU series from NVIDIA starts shipping in mass quantities, but they are here so far and they prevent us from calling the new GeForce an absolutely perfect solution.