ATi's X800 Pulls Off Another Coup in the Graphics Performance War

Image Quality

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Let's start off our quality comparison with a look at image quality.


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Since NVIDIA launched its GeForce 6800 Ultra, ATi and NVIDIA have been tied in this discipline. In some cases, ATi still offers the better picture thanks to its gamma-corrected AA.


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NVIDIA's 8xS mode, a combination of SuperSampling and MultiSampling, offers superior quality. Unfortunately, it also incurs a major performance hit, bringing the frame rates crashing down.

The GeForce 6800 Ultra wins this discipline, albeit by a slim margin. ATI, on the other hand, is trying to answer this new threat to its traditional turf with its new Temporal-AA (see above). Unfortunately, due to the obligatory V-Sync, this AA mode cannot be benchmarked correctly. Also, as we explained before, the effect can't be seen in screenshots.

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