The Fast and Furious: ATI Radeon X1900 XTX Review. Page 31
[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.
Age of Empires 3
Age of Empires 3 uses SM3.0 special effects, supports HDR and seems to be just the application for the Radeon X1000 to show its best in, but we’ve got nothing like that in practice, at least as concerns the Radeon X1800 XT which is far inferior to the GeForce 7 cards. Featuring more pixel shader processors, the Radeon X1900 XTX is on the same level with the GeForce 7800 GTX in the “pure speed” and better in the “eye candy” test mode. The GeForce 7800 GTX 512 remains unbeaten, though. There must be something wrong with the game engine, similar to what we’ve seen in Serious Sam 2 .
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