ASUS V9999 Gamer Edition - GeForce 6800
Final Fantasy XI & Splinter Cell
|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 to 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 (1,024 x 768) with anti-aliasing disabled.|
With Final Fantasy XI, the ASUS V9999 didn't gain much from its added clock speed. Here we see the two GeForce 6800 cards sport nearly identical scores. The Radeon X800 Pro turned out the top score overall, beating the 6800s by 500 points on average.
|Splinter Cell's version 1.2 patch includes three prerecorded demos and incorporates a previously unavailable benchmarking tool. The demos included with the patch are somewhat limited by CPU performance, however, so we opted for the custom Oil Rig demo created by the folks at Beyond 3D to test with this game. Beyond 3D's demo removes two CPU-intensive routines while increasing dependence on Pixel Shader performance. Shaders are used to render realistic-looking ocean water surrounding an oil rig in the demo, as well as simulating a night vision effect for a brief period. Also note that anti-aliasing doesn't work with Splinter Cell. Due to this fact, we do not have any AA scores listed in the graphs below.|
Splinter Cell painted a different picture than the previous test. At 1,024 x 768, the V9999 added 13 FPS over stock 6800 speeds, while inching past the X800 Pro by a few frames. When the resolution was increased to 1,600 x 1,200, the X800 Pro and V9999 were very close, giving a slight lead to the X800 Pro. The 5900XT was barely in the race at either resolution.