This was the year NVIDIA finally got back in the game and reclaimed its position as being the fastest graphics cards maker. Its weapon? The awesome GeForce 6 series.
This card was so important that we dedicated a massive 28 page article to it, making it one of our most comprehensive and largest articles ever. Written by our Editor Vijay, it provided an extremely detailed look at the new NVIDIA GPU.
We had a NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra to play around with and were absolutely astonished. The increase in performance over the previous generation was more than just substantial, it was phenomenal. With it, NVIDIA was instantly back into the game.
Here, we noted that ATI's latest GPUs do not offer full support for Shader Model 3.0. As more games began to be optimized for Shader Model 3.0, ATI began to see a drop in performance. Its GPUs, which were not Shader Model 3.0 compliant, could not handle games that were optimized for Shader Model 3.0 as well as NVIDIA's GPUs could.