3DMark 03 synthetics
3DMark 03 – Direct3D
In our original performance preview article, we weren’t sure if NVIDIA’s 60.72 driver was FutureMark approved. So rather than include numbers with all cards, we decided to just run numbers with the NVIDIA cards, that way you could still see how GeForce 6800 Ultra compared to previous GeForce FX cards. (We also included GeForce4 Ti 4600 benchmarks in the original article for this reason as well.) Now that 60.72 is FutureMark approved, we’ve run 3DMark 03 on the same platform as the previous article, only with ATI’s RADEON 9800 XT, 9800 PRO 128MB, and 9700 PRO with CATALYST 4.4.
In comparison to ATI’s DX9 offerings, GeForce 6800 Ultra delivers 2.5 times more performance than RADEON 9800 XT in FutureMark’s shader 2.0 test, and 1.5X higher score in vertex shader. In ragtroll, which uses 1.1 vertex shaders to skin the trolls used in this test, GeForce 6800 Ultra outperforms RADEON 9800 XT by a slightly wider margin.