But both GeForce 6800 Ultra cards showed their chops on our Doom 3 Timedemo tests. The BFG card essentially ties the current performance leader, with a score of 80.1fps to the Verto's 80.0fps at the 1,024x768 resolution in High Quality mode, while the ATI trailed with a 72.4fps score. The BFG's margin of victory over the PNY card was similarly slim on the higher-end 1,600x1,200 resolution test in Ultra Quality mode, scoring 40.9fps to the PNY card's 40.8fps. The ATI card still brings up the rear at 34.3fps.
The test results for Far Cry were similar. We thought that the overclocking might help the BFG card overtake the ATI Radeon X800 XT Platinum Edition, but BFG's overclocked GeForce 6800 Ultra stayed basically tied with PNY's standard version of the card, the former gaining 1 frame per second on the 1,024x768-resolution test and actually scoring 1.5 frames per second slower on the 1,600x1,200-resolution test. And neither result was enough to overtake ATI.
Our tests show that the BFG GeForce 6800 Ultra OC gives you little performance edge over the factory-standard PNY Verto GeForce 68000 Ultra. While we find these scores somewhat disappointing, it's hard to get too upset because the price of the two cards is identical.
|1,600x1,200 with 4X antialiasing and 8X anisotropic filtering||1,024x768 with 4X antialiasing and 8X anisotropic filtering|
|1,024x768 with 4X antialiasing and 8X anisotropic filtering||1,600x1,200 with 4X antialiasing and 8X anisotropic filtering|
|1,024x768, High Quality, with 4X antialiasing and 8X anisotropic filtering||1,600x1,200, Ultra Quality, with 4X antialiasing and 8X anisotropic filtering|
Test bed configuration:
Windows XP Professional SP2; 2.4GHz AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 (socket 939); 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; VIA K8T800 Pro chipset; (2) WDC WD740GD-00FLX0, 74GB, Serial ATA, 10,000rpm; integrated Via SATA RAID controller; WDC WD2500JD-00GBB0 250GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA
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