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  Nvidia GeForce 6800 Ultra, King of the Hill 
  Apr 14, 2004, 09:00am EDT 

Benchmarks, 3Dmark03, 2001 SE and AquaMark3

By: Sander Sassen

As evident from the above graphs the GeForce 6800 Ultra doesn't leave much doubt about who's the new king of 3D graphics, the default 3Dmark2003 benchmark, at a 1024x768 resolution, beats that of the Radeon 9800 XT by 97%. That lead only increases at higher resolutions, at 1280x1024 the GeForce 6800 Ultra is 105% faster and it simply owns the Radeon 9800 XT at 1600x1200 and is an impressive 120% faster. Although 3Dmark2001 SE is an older benchmarks and only supports DirectX 8.0 it is a good measure of how new graphics cards perform with older games. Here the GeForce 6800 Ultra is just 25% faster, which is to be expected as Nvidia did not optimize for DirectX 8.0 which is logical, you don't optimize for older standards. AquaMark3 shows that DirectX 9.0 is indeed where the GeForce 6800 Ultra shines, it is 32% faster than the Radeon 9800 XT. It is safe to say that with these industry standard benchmarks the GeForce 6800 Ultra has excellent scores. However we all know that the true measure of performance is with actual gameplay, a benchmark is just that, a benchmark.

1. Introduction
2. Shaders and pipelines
3. Shadows and illumination
4. Benchmarks, what and how
5. Benchmarks, 3Dmark03, 2001 SE and AquaMark3
6. Benchmarks, UT2003 and 2004
7. Benchmarks, Halo and Far Cry
8. Conclusion
9. Pricing Information

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