The Fast and Furious: ATI Radeon X1900 XTX Review. Page 13
[01/24/2006 08:28 PM | Graphics]
by Anton Shilov , Alexey Stepin
ATI Technologies’ highly-anticipated Radeon X1800-series proved to be a high-performance lineup, however, ATI failed to grab the crown of the indisputable leader from Nvidia Corp. with the new family and the latter’s GeForce 7800 GTX 512, which was never available in mass quantities, attracted a lot of attention to Nvidia’s products. Today ATI attempts to fight back its leadership with the Radeon X1900 XTX graphics card, which offers a promise to be the fastest consumer board in the world. Find out whether the Radeon X1900 XTX delivers on its promise in this review that includes 24 gaming benchmarks.
To measure the video decoding capabilities of the Radeon X1900 XTX with various formats, we carried out a few tests using the popular Windows Media Player 10 (with the patch that enables DirectX video acceleration for WMV HD content available here) and our standard selection of video clips:
- Magic of Flight (WMV HD, 1080p)
- A DivX clip, 640x480
- Starship Troopers DVD, PAL
The CPU load during video playback:
As we see, there is no substantial difference between the Radeon X1900 XTX and the predecessor – the Radeon X1800 XT when it comes to video playback.
We have not checked the H.264 decoding intentionally this time as to do so we needed a decoder by Cyberlink that can take advantage of the H.264 decoding capabilities of the Radeon X1000 family. The decoder is currently available for additional fees only, just like Nvidia’s PureVideo decoder.
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