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Introduction, Continued

ATI Graphics Buyer's Guide Spring 2006, Part 1
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NVIDIA's product line is also enjoying a few updates. The new arrivals are the GeForce 6800 GS, the 7800 GT with 512 MB of VRAM, and finally the GeForce 7600 and 7900 cards. While the 6800 GS is basically a replacement for the 6800 Ultra, the 7800 GT receives a performance boost in the form of a memory increase to 512 MB. Gainward makes excellent use of the GeForce chips' 3D performance potential in their Golden Sample line of cards, which run at higher speeds right from the start.

Another highlight of the year 2006 with regard to graphics cards is certainly the resurgence of products for the AGP interface. Despite all predictions to the contrary, the two key players in the graphics market have decided to show mercy on those with older systems by once again supplying AGP parts based on current chips. The Radeon X1600 Pro and the GeForce 7800 GS, for example, are very solid 3D upgrades that can provide a nice performance boost in newer games.

We have divided the field of 27 candidates into three articles of nine cards each. This article represents the first part and thus covers the first nine cards. The benchmark results and feature tables will be supplemented with each new part of this guide, meaning you will be able to compare all 27 cards with one another when the third article goes live. Here is the list of cards that we will cover in the upcoming parts 2 and 3 of the buyer's guide:

Outlook Part 2
  • Gainward Golden Sample BLISS 7800 GT PCX
  • HIS Radeon X1800 XL
  • HIS Radeon X1900 XTX
  • Powercolor Radeon X1600 XT
  • Sapphire Radeon X1300 Pro
  • Sapphire Radeon X1800 XT OC
  • Sapphire Radeon X1900 XTX
  • Xpert Vision Radeon X1600 Pro Golden
Outlook Part 3
  • Gainward Golden Sample BLISS 7600 GT PCX
  • Gainward BLISS 7900 GTX PCX
  • Gainward BLISS 7900 GT PCX
  • Asus EAX X1600 XT Silent
  • Gecube Radeon X1800 GTO
  • MSI RX1900 XTX-VT2D512E
  • Powercolor Radeon X1300 Hypermemory 2
  • Sapphire Radeon X1600 XT
  • Sapphire Radeon X1800 XL
Summary
  1. Introduction
  2. Introduction, Continued
  3. A Detailed Look At The Candidates
  4. EVGA GeForce 7800 GS AGP - Tools And Software
  5. EVGA GeForce 7800 GS AGP - Web Support
  6. EVGA GeForce7800 GS AGP - Overclocking And Heat
  7. Sapphire Radeon X1600 Pro AGP
  8. Sapphire Radeon X1600 Pro AGP - Accessories
  9. Sapphire Radeon X1600 Pro AGP - Tools And Software
  10. Sapphire Radeon X1600 Pro AGP - Web Support
  11. Gainward Golden Sample BLISS 6800 GS PCX
  12. Gainward Golden Sample BLISS 6800 GS PCX - Accessories
  13. Gainward Golden Sample BLISS 6800 GS PCX - Tools And Software
  14. Tools Und Software, Continued
  15. Gainward Golden Sample BLISS 6800 GS PCX - Web Support
  16. Gainward Golden Sample BLISS 6800 GS PCX - Overclocking And Heat
  17. Gecube Radeon X1900 XTX
  18. Gecube Radeon X1900 XTX - Accessories
  19. Gecube Radeon X1900 XTX - Tools And Software
  20. Gecube Radeon X1900 XTX - Web Support
  21. HIS Radeon X1600 XT ITurbo IceQ
  22. HIS Radeon X1600 XT ITurbo IceQ - Accessories
  23. HIS Radeon X1600 XT ITurbo IceQ - Tools And Software
  24. Tools And Software, Continued
  25. HIS Radeon X1600 XT ITurbo IceQ - Web Support
  26. HIS Radeon X1600 XT ITurbo IceQ - Overclocking And Heat
  27. HIS Radeon X1800 XT ITurbo
  28. HIS Radeon X1800 XT ITurbo - Accessories
  29. HIS Radeon X1800 XT ITurbo - Tools And Software
  30. Tools And Software, Continued
  31. HIS Radeon X1800 XT ITurbo - Web Support
  32. HIS Radeon X1800 XT ITurbo -Overclocking And Heat
  33. Powercolor Radeon X1900 XTX
  34. Powercolor Radeon X1900 XTX - Accessories
  35. Powercolor Radeon X1900 XTX - Tools And Software
  36. Powercolor Radeon X1900 XTX - Overclocking And Heat
  37. Sapphire Radeon X1300
  38. Sapphire Radeon X1300 -Accessories
  39. Sapphire Radeon X1300 - Tools And Software
  40. Sapphire Radeon X1300 - Web Support
  41. Test Setup
  42. Benchmark Results
  43. Age Of Empires 3, Continued
  44. Black & White 2
  45. Black & White 2, Continued
  46. Call Of Duty 2
  47. Call Of Duty 2, Continued
  48. F.E.A.R
  49. F.E.A.R., Continued
  50. Quake 4
  51. Quake 4, Continued
  52. Serious Sam 2
  53. Serious Sam 2, Continued
  54. 3DMark06
  55. 3DMark06, Continued
  56. 3DMark06, Continued
  57. 3DMark06, Continued
  58. Power Consumption
  59. Conclusions
  60. Feature Table
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