Driven by the New Catalyst: Sapphire RADEON X1800 XL Review. Page 11
[12/15/2005 12:25 PM | Graphics]
by Alexey Stepin
RADEON X1000 series graphics cards, announced back in early October, have started to emerge in shops. Today we will be reviewing the RADEON X1800 XL as it comes from Sapphire Technologies and will be comparing its performance on the new Catalyst driver to that of NVIDIA’s GeForce 7800 GT and GTX.
It’s hard to compare top-end graphics cards in Half-Life 2 as they all have the same “pure speed” of over 100fps. The “eye candy” diagram, however, shows that the Sapphire RADEON X1800 XL is slower than the GeForce 7800 GT, even though its speed (86fps) will be sufficient for any gamer.
The Sapphire feels better on the action-heavy d3_c17_02 map. With 4x FSAA and 16x anisotropic filtering enabled, it is not much slower than the GeForce 7800 GT and easily yields 65fps and more for the admirers of Half-Life 2 not to worry about the speed of the game.
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