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HotHardware's Test System & 3DMark05

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

Athlon 64 3200+ @ 2GHz
Epox 8KDA3+ Motherboard
NFORCE3 250Gb Chipset
Kingston HyperX PC3500 -512MB
ATI X800 Pro 256MB
ASUS V9999 GeForce 6800 Gamer Edition

On-Board 10/100/1000 Ethernet
On-Board Audio
WD 80GB Hard Drive
Windows XP Pro SP2
ATi Catalyst 5.5

ForceWare 71.89

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.

The 8-Pixel Pipeline NX6600GT held its own fairly well against the two 12-Pixel Pipeline comparison cards.  The MSI model fell 400 frames to the 6800 with 256MB while the Radeon X800 Pro added 500 frames to widen the margins further.

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 the NX6600GT trailed the GeForce 6800 by almost 700 3DMarks, with the gap growing to around 1400 3DMarks with the 12-Pipe Radeon X800 Pro.  Here we are seeing the advantage of both memory complement and the additional 4 Pixel Pipes of the comparison cards.  Keep in mind, the focus isn't to show how good the comparison hardware is, but rather how the mid-range NX600GT compares to other mid-range models at the top-end of the spectrum.

Tags:  MSI, MS, x6, GT, AG

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