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It also shows the 7800GTX 256 beating the X1800XT when the X1800XT beats the 7800GTX 256 in almost every game.
Umm, the x1800xt is a 512MB card while the GTX is 256MB. It should beat the GTX in every single game by far.
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post #12 of 14
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IMO too much emphasis is put on synthetic bechmarks like 3DMark in general and not enough on actual gaming performance. Agreed, it's a convenient comparison between systems, but far too much emphasis is placed on CPU and Ram speed that just doesn't translate into actual gaming performance, under normal circumstances. I'll only ever look at real gaming benchmarks now when deciding on a GFX card, new CPU, Ram etc.
What is your personal opinion then on what bench to use for gaming in general?

I consider myself a gamer / power user as i do some 3d rendering (sketchup, autocad, etc) and I agree that synthetic benchmarks are not similar as most of us do not use the EXACT build they do.
post #13 of 14
One also has to take into account that the finished and beta drivers of the hardware companies contain "Optimizations" that allow canned completions and that do not accurately quantify the silicon's ability.

One needs to play the games themselves to accurately decide just how better one card is vs another card.

There is no canned benchmark to use for gaming. Only reviews that are completed by gamers (playing the games) with silicon that they have purchased themselves from the retail realm give any reality to benchmarking. Sadly there are few and far between of these and forums such as this will contain more of those people than the websites that sell the silicon, advertise the silicon and reap the benefits of the companies favors for their "work".

This however, is just one person's opinion.

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Benchmarks may not give it like it is in the real world, but they cant have a test that covers every single app people use or might want to use. That is why they make benchmarks, it is as close as it gets to seeing how systems with different specs will fair aginst eachother. It is not exact, but it gives a good idea how the system will handle real life situations. If we just look at reviews by people who own the products it will come across as bias. Nvidia users will love it and will say it is better than ATI, and the ATI owners would say the same about Nvidia.

Bottom line is they are not perfect, but they serve their purpose.
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