The Fast and Furious: ATI Radeon X1900 XTX Review. Page 29
[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.
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The two senior Radeon models and the GeForce 7800 GTX 512 reach the CPU-imposed speed ceiling in the two lower resolutions of the “pure speed” mode, but in 1600x1200 you can see that the Radeon X1900 XTX still can’t rival the top model from Nvidia. Not that it is a big problem since the cards both keep the frame rate at 73fps and higher, which is more than enough for any racer.
The Radeon X1900 XTX does much better at the “eye candy” settings. Its performance does not get lower than 48fps, which is a little below the min speed of the GeForce 7800 GTX 512, but the average frame rate of the ATI card is, on the contrary, higher. The advantage is the biggest in 1280x1024 resolution where graphics memory frequency is of less importance than in higher display modes.
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