Today ATI Technologies announced new RADEON X800 architecture and RADEON X800 XT and RADEON X800 PRO video processors, having added the last missing element to the picture of the 3D graphics market for the coming summer.
The peculiarities and features of the new RADEON X800 have been already discussed in the previous article called ATI RADEON X800: R420 Totally Exposed. And now we are going to take a closer look at the performance of the today’s fastest graphics solutions: ATI RADEON X800 XT Platinum Edition, ATI RADEON X800 PRO, ATI RADEON 9800 XT, NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra and NVIDIA GeForce FX 5950 Ultra in the whole bunch of gaming benchmarks.
As always, we believe that it is impossible to build a complete vision of the graphics card potential without the benchmarks in the majority of contemporary games. If you are a gamer, you will definitely agree with us. And this is absolutely true: the major application field for the contemporary 3D graphics accelerators installed in home systems is gaming.
We did our best to make the investigation of the testing participants’ gaming performance as adequate as possible keeping in mind the current situation in the market. Alongside with the games we have been using for a long time now, we would also like to introduce a few new ones, which will be included into the set of our benchmarks from now on. They are: 3D shooter called Painkiller, Stealth-action Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow , RPG Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic and autosimulator aka Colin McRae Rally 04.
Let me say a few words about each of these new games.