The new 3DMark is somewhat better balanced than the older one. It makes a wider use of the capabilities of DirectX 9.0c, including Shader Model 2.0b and 3.0. The RADEON X800 XL scores over 5,000 points here, which is very impressive for a $299 device.
ATI has turned out a well-made product: the RADEON X800 XL is successfully competing even with the SLI configuration of two GeForce 6600 GT cards, not to mention the slower solutions.
The new product looks even better in the “eye-candy” mode where it is only second to the more expensive RADEON X800 XT.