is the only synthetic benchmark we are using today. From their website: It is the first benchmark to require a DirectX9.0 compliant hardware with support for Pixel Shaders 2.0 or higher! By combining high quality 3D tests, CPU tests, feature tests, image quality tools, and much more, 3DMark05 is a premium benchmark for evaluating the latest generation of gaming hardware.
In the 3DMark05 test, the WinFast PX6600 GT TDH
stays ahead of the comparable X700 Pro
from ATI but loses ground when we go into the higher resolution. Will the same trend translate to real games? Let’s see with our first test, Half-Life 2
An instant classic, Half-Life 2 is one of the best games I’ve played and features some great visuals. The Source engine was engineered with ATI in mind and the game runs very well on ATI hardware but NVIDIA cards aren't a slouch when running the game.
iD’s latest, Doom 3
, pushes graphics cards to the limit. The game will even support cards with 512MB of ram when they are released. The dark atmosphere and smooth characters generate an incredible visual atmosphere that remind me of many horror movies.Halo
is the Microsoft/Bungie/Gearbox first person shooter originally appearing on the Xbox. Featuring great graphics, vehicles, and good gameplay Halo
is ran with max settings as well with Pixel Shader 2.0.Far Cry
is a first person shooter that delivers lush outdoor settings, fast action, and many vehicles for you to use. Discover a whole island and see out far into the distance as you encounter mercenaries and monsters. Unreal Tournament 2004
is one of my favorites. While it’s starting to get a little old, it still looks gorgeous and features great gameplay. This is what 2003 should’ve been and with the added Onslaught mode, the game’s one of the best LAN games out there right now.
As stated earlier, the decrease in memory speed has knocked the card down a little but not that much. The performance is pretty close in all stages and you'd probably see no difference when compared to the PCI-E card.
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