The Fast and Furious: ATI Radeon X1900 XTX Review. Page 20
[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.
F.E.A.R. is probably the most shader-heavy game of today and the Radeon X1900 XTX might be supposed to beat the GeForce 7800 GTX 512 easily in such a test, but it is not quite so in practice.
The GeForce 7800 GTX 512 wins the lower resolutions and it is only in 1600x1200 that the new graphics card from ATI overtakes it.
The “eye candy” mode is quite a different story – the improved HyperZ technology brings in some dividends. The new Radeon is the best in every resolution and even permits to play comfortably in 1280x1024 resolution, which has been hitherto unplayable on any graphics card. The Radeon X1800 XT didn’t exactly hit the 60fps mark which is the frame rate you need to fully enjoy a first-person-view 3D shooter.
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