eVGA GeForce 6800 Ultra Extreme Edition



Benchmarks and Comparisons With Far Cry
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Far Cry
If you've been on top of the gaming scene, you probably know that Far Cry is one of the most visually impressive games to be released on the PC to date.  Far Cry gives us a taste of what is to come in next generation 3D Gaming on the PC.  We benchmarked the graphics cards in this review with a custom recorded demo run taken in the "Catacombs" area checkpoint, at various resolutions without AA or Aniso Filtering enabled and then with 4X AA enabled, and lastly with 4X AA and 16X Aniso enabled together.


Before being influenced by these FarCry results, let us preface them by saying performance in this game is going to change dramatically when the v1.2 patch is officially re-released in the next few weeks.  With the new patch, SM 3.0 support will be available to the GeForce 6 series of cards, SM2.0b will be made available to the Radeon X800s, and instancing support will be available to both.  All of which increase performance.  For now though, if you bought the game today, and installed it today, without using any beta drivers or patches, this is how the cards we tested would fare.

As it stands now, The ATi Radeon X800 XT Platinum Edition has a distinct advantage in FarCry.  At 1024, the Radeon pulled ahead of the GeForce cards in every configuration.  With the resolution turned up to 1600x1200, the eVGA GeForce 6800 Ultra Extreme Edition was able to nudge just slightly past the Radeon when 4X AA was enabled, but without AA and with AA and Aniso enabled together, the Radeon was still the victor.

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