The new 3DMark is better balanced than the older one – it uses the capabilities of DirectX 9.0c more widely, including Shader Model 2.0b and 3.0. The PowerColor X800 XL scores more than 5,000 points here which is an impressive performance for a $299 solution. The PowerColor X850 XT shows itself a tremendous fighter, too. When overclocked, it is the absolute winner of this test, with a remarkable result of 6,420 points.
The first test testifies to the quality of the new solution from ATI: the PowerColor X800 XL is successfully challenging the two GeForce 6600 GT united into a SLI configuration. The senior model from PowerColor has the best result, again.
The PowerColor cards show their best in the “eye candy” mode: none of NVIDIA’s cards can rival them in this test.