Due to the nature of the Canals demo, the insufficient number of TMUs should not limit performance of the RADEON X1600 XT.
The novelty from ATI manages to achieve the same score as the GeForce 6800, but can beat neither the RADEON X800 XL, nor the GeForce 6800 GT.
Even though performance offered by the RADEON X1600 XT should be enough for playing with all the eye-candy in 1280x1024, but from competitive point of view the part is much less preferable than the RADEON X800 XL.
The street fighting scenes in Half-Life 2 require more processing power than the Canals levels do. Our demo record also includes numerous special effects, so the performance is generally lower here.
The RADEON X1600 XT product manages to perform pretty well in this test and get close to the GeForce 6800 GT leaving the rest behind.
With anisotropic filtering and antialiasing activated, the RADEON X1600 XT continues to perform pretty well.