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3DMark05 and Final Fantasy Benchmarks

Performance Comparisons With 3DMark05
Futuremark's Latest...but is it the greatest?

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.  3DMark05 is a fairly advanced DirectX 9 benchmarking tool. We ran 3DMark05's default test (1024x768) on all of the cards we tested and have the overall results for you posted below.

The NX6800GT outpaced the 6600GT by nearly 50%.  The 6600GT may have a speed advantage on the GPU, but it only has half the pipelines and memory bandwidth.  The Asus Radeon AX800XL is a much better comparison - the specs for both cards are much more comparable.  With these two cards, the difference in scores was just under 200 points, with the NX6800GT outperforming the AX800XL by just over 4%.


Performance 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 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 (1024x768) with anti-aliasing disabled.

The lead changed in the Final Fantasy Benchmark.  This time, we had the AX800XL leading the NX6800GT by just over 200 points, again equalling about a 4% difference.  The 6600GT finished in dead last, which was what we had expected.  It's still early, but our expectations are that the Radeon X800XL and 6800GT cards will be jockeying back and forth for the lead in the upcoming tests. 

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