|GeForce 8800 Graphics Performance: GT vs GTS vs GTX|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Friday, 25 January 2008|
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3DMark06 Benchmark Results
3DMark is a computer benchmark by Futuremark (formerly MadOnion) to determine the DirectX performance of 3D game performance with graphics cards. 3DMark06 uses advanced real-time 3D game workloads to measure PC performance using a suite of DirectX9 3D graphics tests, CPU tests, and 3D feature tests.
3DMark06 tests include all new HDR/SM3.0 graphics tests, SM2.0 graphics tests, AI and physics driven single and multiple cores or processor CPU tests and a collection of comprehensive feature tests to reliably measure next generation gaming performance today.
Here at Benchmark Reviews, we believe that synthetic benchmark tools are just as valuable as video games. Since the same test is applied in the same controlled method with each test run, I believe 3DMark is a very reliable tool for comparing graphic cards against one-another.
Using a 1024x768 resolution as a starting point, the maximum settings were applied which included 8x Anti-Aliasing and 16x Anisotropic Filtering. At this level, the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB video card performed over 10% better than the GeForce 8800 GTS in the SM 2.0 tests and only 4% better than the GTS in the HDR/SM 3.0 tests. Conversely, the GeForce 8800 GTX dominated the bunch, and flexed its shader model 3 muscle.
Bumping the GPU strain up a notch with 1280x1024 resolution the scores remain relatively comparable in terms of performance ratio. The ZOTAC 8800 GT performed 11% better in the SM 2.0 tests and 5% in the HDR/SM 3.0 tests over the highly overclocked GTS, but the MSI 8800 GTX was easily ahead of the pack with a near 10% margin in the SM2 test and over 16% in the SM3 test.
Finishing our series of benchmark tests, 3DMark06 showed an unquestionable favoritism for the MSI GeForce 8800 GTX and the ZOTAC GeForce 8800 GT 512MB video card showed a prevailing strength against the aging GeForce 8800 GTS. In the 1600x1200 tests the GT outperformed the GTS by almost 18% in the shader model 2.0 tests and nearly 8% in the high dynamic-range / shader model 3.0 tests; only to to beaten by 7% in the SM2 test and 16% in the SM3 test. Obviously, the 8800 GTX isn't completely without some merit.
In the next section Benchmark Reviews gives concludes our findings between the three prevailing GeForce video cards.