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eVGA e-GeForce 6800GT Review - Page 6 of 6

SYNTHETIC BENCHMARK RESULTS
Since most games are still DX8.1 I thought I would keep a couple of applicable benchmarks.  First, CodeCreatures has always put stress on even the top end cards.  Most of you are very familiar with 3DMark2001SE so I included the results for both cards.  The testing continues with the latest Futuremark title, 3DMark2003, and finally Aquamark3 with conclude the testing in this review.   Once again, the X800Pro was used as a reference for comparison.

CodeCreatures Results

Athlon 64 3000+ @ 2.2GHz

Resolution 1024x768 1280x1024 1600x1200

eVGA 6800 GT
No AA / No AF 75.4 66.0 56.5
2x AA / No AF 70.6 60.1 47.7
4x AA/ No AF 59.8 47.8 38.6

ATI X800Pro
No AA / No AF 74.1 63.1 53.1
2x AA / No AF 67.4 54.3 44.6
4x AA / No AF 54.7 42.8 33.8

In a previous review on the FX5950 Ultra, I found the card to max out at 60 FPS with no antialiasing or anisotropic filtering.  Both of these cards added 15 FPS to that mark.

3DMark2001 SE Results

Athlon 64 3000+ @ 2.2GHz

Resolution 1024x768 1280x1024 1600x1200

eVGA 6800 GT
No AA / No AF 22,208 20,079 18,271
4x AA / No AF 18,822 16,513 14,331

ATI X800Pro
No AA / No AF 22,678 20,309 18,145
4x AA / No AF 19,345 16,295 13,600

 

X800Pro was faster at the lower resolutions and the 6800GT at the higher resolutions with antialiasing applied.

 

3DMark2003 Results

Athlon 64 3000+ @ 2.2GHz

Resolution 1024x768 1280x1024 1600x1200

eVGA 6800 GT
Clock Frequency 350/1.0 410/1.1 350/1.0 410/1.1 350/1.0 410/1.1
No AA / 4x AF 12,342 12,357 9,771 9,793 7,966 7,956
4x AA / 8x AF 8,887 8,890 6,714 6,723 5,255 5,272

ATI X800Pro
No AA / 4x AF 10,157 7,883 6,362
4x AA / 8x AF 6,628 4,974 3,873

3DMark03 belongs to the 6800GT this time around.  Overclocking the card provided insignificant increase in performance.

 

AquaMark 3 Results

Athlon 64 3000+ @ 2.2GHz

Resolution 1024x768 1280x1024 1600x1200

eVGA 6800 GT
No AA / No AF 64.78 59.00 52.64
No AA / 4x AF 61.61 54.19 45.72
4x AA / 16x AF 49.02 38.55 30.68

ATI X800Pro
No AA / No AF 57.47 51.44 45.43
No AA / 4x AF 56.21 50.01 43.77
4x AA / 16x AF 47.85 39.57 32.32

In AM3 the 6800GT maintains an advantage until antialiasing is applied at high resolutions.

CONCLUSION
Reviewing the eVGA 6800 GT proved to be an exciting experience providing a significant leap in performance capability with sufficient headroom to clock to Ultra specs.  Price, considering the attractive features of the eVGA 6800 GT, make for an excellent alternative to the Ultra.  As far as technical support goes, I have only heard good things about eVGA technical support. Also, eVGA.com provides an excellent active support forum and a FAQs section at their website.  An interesting item of note is the eVGA.com Step-Up Program and would probably be well worth your time to check out at their website.

eVGA e-GeForce 6800GT

GDDR3 memory is coming to the forefront with exclusive use on the latest performance cards.  The 256 MB of memory installed on the 6800GT is from Samsung and labeled as GC20 or 2.0ns ram.  Previously, on the FX5700 Ultra with its 128 MB of GC20 ram, I was able to clock up to 1025 MHz from a theoretical maximum of 1000 MHz over the default of 950 MHz.  However, the 256 MB of GC20 ram on-board the 6800GT proved to have more overhead.  From the default of 1000 MHz I was able to easily clock the ram at 1100 MHz stable.  The highest clock I achieved was 1135 MHz which anything above this mark began to show artifacts.  At 1100 MHz I was rewarded with solid stability throughout all testing and through several lengthy gaming sessions in Morrowind, UT2004, Call of Duty, and of course, Far Cry.

Available directly from eVGA.com for $399 this card displays a lot of bang for the buck for high end cards.  Yes, I know the 6800 Ultra and X800XE are the listed high end but if you consider the potential shown by 6800GT its only short-coming is the lack of higher frequency ram.  Being able maintain clock frequencies close to or at Ultra specifications is definitely a plus, if not an advantage, considering the price difference.

Pros

  • Very fast with excellent IQ and stability
  • Potential of running Ultra clock frequencies
  • Full version of Far Cry included
  • ForceWare drivers

Cons

  • Cooling could be improved
  • Size of card may pose a problem in SFF cases

Feel free to discuss this review in our forums.

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Last Updated on August 10, 2004


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