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eVGA GeForce 6800 Ultra Extreme Edition

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HOW WE CONFIGURED THE TEST SYSTEM: We tested the eVGA GeForce 6800 Ultra Extreme Edition on an i875P based DFI LANPARTY Pro875B motherboard, powered by an Intel Pentium 4 3.2CGHz CPU. The first thing we did when configuring this test system was enter the BIOS and loaded the "High Performance Defaults". Then we set the memory to operate at 200MHz in dual-channel mode, with the CAS Latency and other memory timings set by the SPD, and then we set the AGP aperture size to 256MB. The hard drive was then formatted, and Windows XP Professional with SP1 was installed. When the installation was complete, we installed the Intel chipset drivers and hit the Windows Update site to download and install all of the available updates. Then we installed all of the necessary drivers for the rest of our components and removed Windows Messenger from the system. Auto-Updating, System Restore and Drive Indexing were then disabled, the hard drive was de-fragmented and a 768MB permanent page file was created on the same partition as the Windows installation. Lastly, we set Windows XP's Visual Effects to "best performance", installed the benchmarking software and ran all of the tests.

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Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz

DFI LANPARTY Pro875B
i875P "Canterwood" Chipset

GeForce 6800 Ultra Extreme Edition
GeForce 6800 Ultra
GeForce 6800 GT

ATi Radeon AX800 XT

1024MB Kingston HyperX PC3500
CAS 2

Integrated SoundMax Audio

Western Digital "Raptor"
36GB - 10,000RPM - SATA

Lite-On 16X DVD-ROM

3.5" Floppy Drive


Windows XP Professional SP1 (Fully Patched)
Intel INF v6.0.1.1002
DirectX 9.0c

ATI Catalyst v4.8
NVIDIA Forceware v61.77
Performances Comparisons With Final Fantasy XI Benchmark 2 v1.01
A Classic Console Franchise On The PC

Final Fantasy XI
The Final Fantasy franchise is well known to console gamers, but Squaresoft has since made the jump to the PC with a MMORPG version of this classic. The Final Fantasy XI benchmark runs through multiple scenes from the game and displays a final score every time a full cycle of the demo is completed. Although the demo is meant the check an entire system's readiness to play the game, the number of frames rendered scales when different video cards are used. Lower scores indicate some frames were dropped to complete the demo in the allotted time. The scores below were taken with the demo set to its "High Resolution" option (1024x768), with anti-aliasing disabled.

A "light-duty" benchmark like this one isn't able to tax today's high-end video cards, especially when they've got incredibly high fillrates and plenty of memory bandwidth, like eVGA's 6800 Ultra Extreme Edition.  As you can, all three of the GeForce 6800s we tested finished within a few percentage points of each other, with the Radeon X800 XT Platinum Edition jumping out to a slight lead of about 6.5%.

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