Performance in Synthetic Benchmarks
Scoring over 9500 points is a nice result for a 12-pipelined graphics card based on the RADEON X8 architecture. When overclocked, it even leaves the 16-pipelined RADEON X800 XL behind. The GeForce 6800 GS remains unrivalled, however, because three out of four 3DMark03 tests run better on GeForce 6/7 cards.
The GeForce 6800 GS turns in an easy win, while the GeForce 6800 outperforms the PowerColor X800 GTO in the “pure speed” mode only. In the “eye candy” mode the GeForce 6800 is slowed down by its low GPU and memory clock rates.
It’s all vice versa in the second test: the GeForce 6800 is only slower than the PowerColor card when we do not use full-screen antialiasing and anisotropic filtering. Otherwise the difference in performance is no more than 1 fps.