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3DMark03
At FutureMark's request, we are using NVIDIA's 52.16 drivers for the GeForce FX 5950 in this test.

Whoa, that's a squeaker! The GeForce 6800 Ultra juuuuuust manages to eke out the win over the Radeon X800 XT PE at 1600x1200. The higher-clocked Ultra Extreme puts an exclamation point on the win. However, at 1024x768 where most 3DMark03 scores are recorded and compared, the X800 XT PE beats the GeForce 6800 Ultra, losing only to the Extreme edition.

Things aren't so close in the $399 card race, where the 6800 GT opens up a comfortable lead over the X800 Pro.

The GeForce 6800 cards take 3DMark03's overall score by being faster in three of the four game tests. However, in the pixel-shader-laden Mother Nature scene, the Radeon cards lead the way.

3DMark's pixel and vertex shader tests produce opposing results, with the GeForce 6800s running the pixel shader test faster, and the Radeon X800s leading in the vertex shader test.