Driven by the New Catalyst: Sapphire RADEON X1800 XL Review. Page 13
[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.
The GeForce 7800 GT and the Sapphire RADEON X1800 XL match one another in the “pure speed” mode, delivering over 80fps even in 1600x1200. The RADEON X1800 XL used to be slower in this resolution before, so the positive effect of the new version of Catalyst is obvious. In the “eye candy” mode the Sapphire card is faster than its rival, making good use of its efficient memory subsystem. Its 74fps is an excellent result, considering that it is only 7fps short of the GeForce 7800 GTX’s.
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