Performance in Semi-Synthetic Benchmarks
Final Fantasy XI Official Benchmark 3
We have the same problem with the PCI Express platform as in Unreal Tournament 2004 and Half-Life 2: all NVIDIA cards, except the GeForce 6800 AGP, have a depressingly low speed. The ATI cards perform well, and the RADEON X800 XL is less than 200 points behind the top model. The gap between the X800 XL and the GeForce 6800 isn’t too big, though.
Aquamark3 isn’t very complex as concerns pixel shaders, but is hard from the geometrical point of view. The scenes of this test have a high overdraw coefficient. The RADEON X800 XL is, however, good here, ahead of the GeForce 6800 and 6800 GT, although not more than 10%. The GeForce 6600 GT SLI configuration wins here.
The new card from ATI Technologies is less successful with enabled FSAA and aniso-filtering, but it is less than 10% slower than the GeForce 6800 GT.