In late August 2008, PC Pitstop added a battery of 3D video tests to its free on line OverDrive scan. (Click to see the PC Pitstop 3D video test roll out announcement). The Overdrive 3D video tests consists of a suite of tests covering 6 areas of performance: Transform, Lighting, Multi Texturing, Blending, Vertex Shader and Bump Mapping. OverDrive consolidates the results into a single 3D performance score.
We thought it would be interesting to see what graphics cards were surfacing as the top 3D video performers based on the test results captured during the first month since its roll out.
On the desktop side, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 scored highest with an approximately 15% advantage over the second place ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series graphics controller. NVIDIA and ATI alternated for the top 4 average scores, at which point it became all NVIDIA to finish out the remaining 6 spots in the top 10 results.
Portables came in with an NVIDIA sweep for the top ten average scores. The NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTX edged out second place NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS by less than a 2% average test score margin.
PC Pitstop 3D Video Test Results – Top 10 Desktop System Graphics Hardware
PC Pitstop 3D Video Test Results – Top 10 Portable System Graphics Hardware