ATI RADEON X1600 XT: Mainstream Performance Redefined Once Again?. Page 10
[10/07/2005 06:19 PM | Graphics]
by Alexey Stepin , Yaroslav Lyssenko, Anton Shilov
Besides releasing the high-end RADEON X1800-series, ATI Technologies unveiled its RADEON X1600 family of products, which are aimed at the mainstream market. The company says it has redefined the market of the most widely deployed graphics cards by offering a new level of performance and expanding the list of capabilities. But is it a correct statement? We attempt to find out with the help of over 20 benchmarks!
Project: Snowblind uses a lot of special effects based on pixel shaders 2.0. The new-generation RADEON X1000 family performs these shaders relatively fast although not as efficiently as we wish it would. At least, it is only the high working frequencies that help RADEON come out on top in many cases. In our case RADEON X1600 XT is powerful enough to outpace GeForce 6800 or go neck and neck with it. However, it fails to catch up with the RADEON X800 XL and GeForce 6800 GT. When we enabled FSAA RADEON X1600 XT slows down in higher resolutions and by 1600x1200 it falls behind GeForce 6600 GT.
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