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ATI Graphics Buyer's Guide Spring 2006, Part 1

ATI Graphics Buyer's Guide Spring 2006, Part 1
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For this latest graphics card buyer's guide, we reviewed 27 cards using either ATI Radeon or NVIDIA GeForce chips. Of those, two are designed for the AGP interface, while the rest use the PCI Express (PCIe) bus. To be eligible for inclusion in our buyer's guide, the candidates must reach our lab in their retail packages. This means that we expect the final hardware version of the card in its final shipping box, with the software bundle and all necessary cables.

Products based on ATI's graphics chips were painfully underrepresented in our last buyer's guide, which was due in large part to their very limited availability. Luckily, this situation has improved; there is arguably even an oversupply of ATI-based graphics cards available in stores. The large number of ATI-based test samples present in this guide is mainly a result of the fact that HIS and Sapphire have just filled out their product lines in the last few weeks. Both companies now carry the full gamut of ATI products, from the X1300 to the X190 XTX.

Our special thanks go out to Powercolor and GeCube for sending us fast X1900 XTX samples, as well as newer boards such as the Radeon X1300 Hypermemory 2 and the X1800 GTO. The Radeon X1800 may no longer be the top of the line, but cards using this chip are still available from all vendors in several variations. Although ATI is officially replacing the X1800 with the newer X1900, there is a new update option available in the form of the X1800 GTO. Price-wise, the X1800 fills the space between the X1600 in the lower middle class, and the high-end X1900s.

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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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