Aquamark 3 Performance

Aquamark 3

In our first game benchmark of the day, the GeForce 6800 Ultra takes the lead. Of course, we also have to remember that this benchmark is only running at 1024x768 which barely gives the 16x1 architectures a chance to stretch their legs.

If AquaNox was a more popular game, we might look into getting the full version and running this benchmark at 1600x1200. But as it stands, these are the numbers that people know, so these are the numbers we will continue to run.

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  • l3ored - Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - link

    only the 800xt was winning, the pro usually came after the 6800's Reply
  • Keeksy - Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - link

    Yeah, it is funny how ATi excels in DirectX, yet loses in the OpenGL bechmarks. Looks like I'm going to have both an NVIDIA and an ATi card. The first to play Doom3, the other to play HL2. Reply
  • peroni - Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - link

    I wish there was some testing done with overclocking.

    There are quite a few spelling errors in there Derek.

    Did I miss something or I did not see any mention of prices for these 2 cards?
  • Glitchny - Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - link

    #11 thats what everyone thought when Nvidia bought all the people from 3dFX and look what happened with that. Reply
  • araczynski - Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - link

    i agree with 5 and 10, still the same old stalemate as before, one is good at one thing, the other is good at another. i guess i'll let price dictate my next purchase.

    but ati sure did take the wind out of nvidia's sails with these numbers.

    i wish one of the two would buy the other one out and combine the technologies, one would think they would have a nice product in the end.
  • eBauer - Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - link

    #8 - OpenGL still kicks butt on the nVidia boards. Think of all the Doom3 fans that will buy the 6800's....

    As for myself, I will wait and see how the prices pan out. For now leaning on the X800.
  • ViRGE - Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - link

    ...On the virge of ATI's R420 GPU launch...

    Derek, I'm so touched that you thought of me. ;)
  • Tallon - Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - link

    Ok, so let's review. with the x800XT having better image quality, better framerates, only taking up one slot for cooling and STILL being cooler, and only needing one molex connecter (uses less power than the 9800 XT, actually), who in their right mind would choose a 6800u over this x800XT? I mean, seriously, NVIDIA is scrambling to release a 6850u now which is exactly identical to a 6800u, it's just overclocked (which means more power and higher temperatures). This is ridiculous. ATI is king. Reply
  • noxipoo - Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - link

    ATi wins again. Reply
  • Akaz1976 - Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - link

    Dang! On one hand, I am saddened by the review. My recently purchased (last month) Radeon9800PRO would be at the bottom of the chart in most of the tests carried out in this review :(

    On the other hand this sure bode well for my next vid card upgrade. Even if it is a few months off! :)


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