Connect 3D X800XT - 17 - Conclusion
The performance of the Connect3D X800XT PE raises an issue. Is this card better than the 6800Ultra or not? The benchmarks are a bit confusing. Some favour the ATi card while others favour the NVIDIA cards. Here's a sumup:
3DMark05,3DMark01, Aquamark03, Colin McRae 05, Codecreatures, Far Cry, Medal of Honour all point to the X800XT, whereas Doom 3, Half Life 2, Ground Control II, 3DMark03 and Thief 3 to the 6800's.
You can see that with the majority of our benchmarks, the X800XT did much better than its competitors but we can't just ignore Doom 3 or Half Life 2. It's all up to you in the end and what you are looking for in a graphics card: generally great performance for the games to come or just excellent performance in a game or two of your choice.
The Connect3D X800XT PE costs around $500 (USD). Bringing that factor to the comparison against the 6800GT from Gainward ($550) and the 6800 Ultra from MSI ($600), we believe ATi earns some strong points.
To cut the costs to the minumum, we remind you once again that Connect3D includes no bundled software along with it's X800XT PE. Those of you who are looking for some bonuses when buying a graphics card, well this card is probably not for you.
-Excellent performance with most of the games.
-Acceptable price for the average enthusiast.
-No software bundle
Value for money: