Driven by the New Catalyst: Sapphire RADEON X1800 XL Review. Page 17
[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.
Performance in Simulators
Colin McRae Rally 2005
This racing simulator used to run faster on graphics cards designed by ATI Technologies, but since the RADEON X8 and GeForce 6 architectures were replaced with the RADEON X1000 and GeForce 7, the game’s favor shifted towards NVIDIA’s solutions because the RADEON X1000 series is oriented at executing very complex pixel shaders – to the detriment of everything else. But such shaders just do not occur here. Well anyway, the Sapphire RADEON X1800 XL is a little faster than the GeForce 7800 GT in the “eye candy” mode – thanks to the new memory controller.
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