ATI Radeon X800 XL Review

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Doom 3 (Single Player)

Benchmarks & Comparisons With Doom 3 - Single Player
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Doom 3
id Software's games have long been pushing the limits of 3D graphics.  Quake, Quake 2, and Quake 3 were all instrumental in the success of 3D accelerators on the PC.  Now, years later, with virtually every new desktop computer shipping with a 3D accelerator, id is at it again with the release of the visually stunning Doom 3.  Doom 3 is an OpenGL game using extremely high-detailed textures and a ton of dynamic lighting and shadows.  We ran this benchmark using custom demos with Doom 3 set to its "High-Quality" mode, at resolutions of 1,024 x 768 and 1,600 x 1,200 without any AA and then with 4X antialiasing and 8X anisotropic filtering enabled.  Note: Doom 3 enabled 8X anisotropic filtering automatically when set to "High Quality" in the game's control panel.


NVIDIA's GeForce 6 series of cards has just been pounding on their ATi based counterparts in the Doom 3 benchmarks. And while ATi has gained a lot a ground with recent driver releases, they're still not quite able to catch NVIDIA here. The Radeon X800 XL, even with its fillrate advantage and the latest drivers from ATi, got beaten handily by the GeForce 6800 GT at both resolutions and in both test configurations.  The 6800 GT's margins of victory spanned from approximately 15% to 30%.

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