NVIDIA GeForce 6800 XT: specs and benchmarks

NVIDIA GeForce 6800 XT

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce 6800 XT sales 30 September 2005. This is Curie architecture desktop card based on 130 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at office use. 256 MB of GDDR3 memory clocked at 1 GHz are supplied, and together with 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 32 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is single-slot card attached via PCIe 1.0 x16 interface. 1x 6-pin power connector is required.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at 0.51 percent of a leader's which is AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT.

General info

Of GeForce 6800 XT's architecture, market type and release date.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
0.16
 
Architecture
Curie
 
GPU code name
NV41
 
Market segment
Desktop
 
Launch date
30 September 2005 (15 years ago)
 
Price now
$120
 
of 10830 (Quadro GV100)

Technical specs

GeForce 6800 XT's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce 6800 XT's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Core clock speed
425 MHz
 
Number of transistors
222 million
 
Manufacturing process technology
130 nm
 
Texture fill rate
3.400
 

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce 6800 XT's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

Interface
PCIe 1.0 x16
 
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin
 

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce 6800 XT: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory type
GDDR3
 
Maximum RAM amount
256 MB
 
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
of 6144 (GRID A100A)
Memory clock speed
1000 MHz
 
of 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Memory bandwidth
32 GB/s
 
of 1024 (Radeon VII)

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce 6800 XT. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

Display Connectors
1x DVI, 1x VGA, 1x S-Video
 

API support

APIs supported by GeForce 6800 XT, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX
9.0c (9_3)
 
Shader Model
3.0
 
OpenGL
2.1
 
OpenCL
N/A
 
Vulkan
N/A
 

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of GeForce 6800 XT. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

0.51

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

135

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good GeForce 6800 XT is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

This video card matches 54% minimum and 47% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
54%
Recommended
47%
Minimum
54%
Recommended
47%

Relative perfomance

Overall GeForce 6800 XT performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.

AMD equivalent

The nearest GeForce 6800 XT's AMD equivalent is Radeon HD 5450, which is faster by 2% and higher by 1 position in our rating.

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Similar GPUs

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User rating

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