The Fast and Furious: ATI Radeon X1900 XTX Review. Page 22
[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.
Half-Life 2: Lost Coast
The small tech demo Half-Life 2: Lost Coast is not to be compared to Half-Life 2 as it is much more demanding than the original game, first of all because of its using advanced SM 3.0/HDR-based effects and dynamic shadows. This should be a favorable environment for the Radeon X1900 XTX which not only has 48 pixel shader processors, but also features technologies for shadow mapping acceleration.
This looks like a well-deserved win. The new graphics card is not far ahead of the GeForce 7800 GTX 512, but you’d better compare it with the Radeon X1800 XT: the difference between the senior Radeon X1800 and X1900 models is as big as 45% in 1600x1200!
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