Performance in Semi-Synthetic Benchmarks
Final Fantasy XI Official Benchmark 3
This benchmark doesn’t suit for comparing the RADEON X850 XT against the NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra/GT because of the problems the PCI Express platform and NVIDIA 66.xx driver series have with each other. Meanwhile, the GeForce 6800 AGP works normally, but the PowerColor X800 XL is 360 points ahead of it.
Being a rather simple benchmark, without complex pixel shaders, Aquamark3 usually runs faster on NVIDIA’s cards equipped with NV4x processors, but we’ve got a different situation today: the PowerColor X850 XT outperforms the GeForce 6800 Ultra, while the PowerColor X800 XL is ahead of the GeForce 6800 GT. The gaps are negligible, though, from 2 to 4 frames per second. The exception is the SLI configuration of two GeForce 6600 GT which delivers the best performance in the “pure speed” mode.
The PowerColor X850 XT has a heftier advantage over the GeForce 6800 Ultra in the “eye candy” mode – up to 15% in high resolutions. The PowerColor X800 XL is 5-7% behind the senior model, but that’s enough to beat the GeForce 6800 Ultra.