Gigabyte's GV-RX80256D X800 Turbo Silent Pipe Video Card

Benchmarking with Final Fantasy XI and 3DMark05

HotHardware's Test System
Not all are created equal...

Socket T - Pentium 4 530 (3GHz)
A Foxconn 925XE7AA-8EKRS2 Motherboard
I925XE Chipset
Gigabyte's GV-RX80256D X800 Turbo Silent Pipe
Sapphire Toxic Radeon X700 Pro 128MB
HIS X700 Pro IceQ Turbo VIVO 256MB
On-Board 10/100/1000 Ethernet
On-Board Audio
WD 30GB Hard Drive
Windows XP Pro SP2
ATi Catalyst 5.3

Performances Comparisons With Final Fantasy XI Benchmark 3
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 3 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.

When compared to the X700 Pro with 128MB and 256MB of memory, the GV-RX80256D X800 pulled ahead by a marginal spread of roughly 300 points.  This wasn't a major leap forward, but this is only the beginning of our testing.

Performance Comparisons With 3DMark05
Futuremark's Latest - The Jury is Still Out...

3DMark05 is the latest installment in a long line of synthetic 3D graphics benchmarks, dating back to late 1998.  3DMark99 came out in October of 1998 and was followed by the very popular DirectX 7 benchmark, 3DMark2000, roughly two years later.  The DirectX 8.1-compliant 3DMark2001 was released shortly thereafter, and it too was a very popular tool used by many hardcore gamers.  3DMark03, however, wasn't quite as well received thanks in no small part to the disapproval of graphics giant NVIDIA.  With 3DMark05, though, Futuremark hopes to win back some of its audience with a very advanced DirectX 9 benchmarking tool.  We ran 3DMark05's default test (1,024 x 768) on all of the cards we tested and have the overall results for you posted below...

Here we saw a much wider and conclusive assessment of the GV-RX80256D X800 compared to the X700 Pros.  3DMark05 has a much more comprehensive testing script that really aims to stress today's video cards.  The end result was a minimum advantage of 1100 3DMarks in favor of the GV-RX80256D X800, close to a 25% increase.

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