PowerColor Bravo X700 Graphics Card Review: High-End Features at Affordable Price?. Page 10
[09/14/2005 01:58 PM | Graphics]
by Alexey Stepin
We would like to take a closer look at the solution from PowerColor based on RADEON X700 chip. Equipped with a fanless cooler, this baby suits perfectly for silent systems, and taking into account its very affordable price may be a very tempting buy for many of you. But will its performance and overclocking potential be as tempting as its price and design? We will find out now!
The PowerColor is almost as fast as the GeForce 6600 in the “pure speed” mode, the difference between them no bigger than 3fps. However, when full-screen antialiasing and anisotropic filtering are enabled, the Bravo X700 uses its efficient memory controller to gain an advantage of up to 20% in 1600x1200 over its opponent. Meanwhile, the RADEON X700 is even faster than that, so the Bravo is still a loser.
Unlike on the Pier map, the PowerColor Bravo X700 can’t beat the GeForce 6600 at the “eye candy” settings – the memory subsystem speed doesn’t have a big effect on the card’s performance in scenes with closed environments. Of course, the RADEON X700 is still on top, about 20% ahead of the PowerColor.
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