Performance in Synthetic Benchmarks
The PowerColor X800 XL isn’t far behind the GeForce 6800 GT in the overall score. The gap between the GeForce 6800 Ultra and the PowerColor X850 XT is even smaller – only 140 points. Overclocking helps the latter to reach for the 13,000 points mark, but it’s the GeForce 6600 GT SLI configuration that’s capable of overcoming it.
PowerColor’s hardware is inferior to the GeForce 6800 GT and 6800 Ultra in the first test. It’s only at the increased frequencies that the PowerColor X800 XL can fight with the GeForce 6800 AGP.
The PowerColor cards feel much more confident with enabled full-screen anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering: the PowerColor X800 XL is on the same level with the GeForce 6800 GT, while the PowerColor X850 XT overtakes the GeForce 6800 Ultra.
The second test (and the third one, too) prefers graphics cards from NVIDIA: the PowerColor X800 XL is about 10% slower than the GeForce 6800 GT here. The PowerColor X850 XT is slightly slower than the GeForce 6800 Ultra, but its overclocked variant overtakes the GeForce 6600 GT SLI in 1600x1200 resolution.
The PowerColor X800 XL is slower than the NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT in the “eye candy” mode, but the gap is diminishing in higher resolutions. The overclocked PowerColor X850 XT climbs on the very top in high resolutions, too.