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ATi Hits Back (Again) with Mid-Range X700 line, Driver Tweak
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For this review, we used the same system as in the test of NVIDIA’s GeForce 6600 GT. It consists of an Intel D925XCV desktop mainboard with PCI Express and a Pentium 4 3.2 GHz CPU (Pentium 540) with 1 GB DDR II RAM. For comparisons with the AGP cards, we used an Intel D875PBZ mainboard, also running a Pentium 4 3.2 GHz and equipped with 1 GB of DDR 400 memory.

Due to time constraints some of the results of the ATi cards included for comparisons are still those obtained with the Catalyst 4.8. All results for the X700 were obtained with the new Catalyst 4.10 beta drivers and the A.I. setting "low" for reasons which we have explained previously in this article. Luckily, there was still enough time to obtain the results for the X700 XT with A.I. deactivated.

AGP Test System
CPU Intel Pentium 4 3.2 GHz
FSB 200 MHz
Motherboard Intel D876 PBZ
Memory 4x Corsair CMX256A-3200LL DDR, 1024 MB
HDD Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 120 GB S-ATA (8 MB)
DVD Hitachi GD-7000
LAN Netgear FA-312
Power Supply Antec True Control 550W
PCI Express Test System
CPU Intel Pentium 4 3.2 GHz
FSB 200 MHz
Motherboard Intel D925 XCV
Memory 2x Micron DDRII, 533 MHz, 1024 MB
HDD Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 120 GB S-ATA (8 MB)
DVD Hitachi GD-7000
LAN Netgear FA-312
Power Supply Antec True Control 550W
Drivers & Configuration
Graphics ATI Catalyst v4.8
ATI Catalyst v4.10 Beta
NVIDIA v65.75
Chipset Intel Inf. Update
OS Windows XP Prof. SP1a
DirectX DirectX 9.0c
Graphic cards used in this article
ATI Radeon X800 XT PCIe (500/1000 MHz)
Radeon X600 XT PCIe (500/740 MHz)
Radeon X700 XT PCIe (475/1050 MHz)
Radeon X700 Pro PCIe (XT UC->425/860 MHz)
Radeon X700 PCIe (XT UC->400/700 MHz)
NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT PCIe (350/1000)
GeForce 6600 GT PCIe (500/1000)
GeForce 6600 PCIe (GT UC->300/550)
GeForce PCX 5750 PCIe (425/550)
GeForce FX 5950 Ultra AGP (475/950 MHz)
Benchmarks
3DMark 2003 Standard Resolution
AquaMark 3 Triscore
Unreal Tournament 2004 Custom Timedemo
Max Details/Quality
Map : Assault-FallenCity
Call Of Duty Max Details/Quality
Demo : VGA
Doom3 Demo : Demo1
High Quality
Farcry
v1.1
Custom Timedemo cooler01
Very High Quality
Flashlight : On
Flight Simulator 2004 Custom Video
Custom Quality
Scenario : Hong Kong at Dusk
Joint Operations
v1.3.15
FRAPS
Training Aircraft
Quality Setting
Battlefield Vietnam
v1.1
FRAPS
Max Details/Quality
Map : Ho Chi Minh Trail
DTM Race Driver2
v1.1
Custom Replay
FRAPS
Max Details/Quality
Nurburgring at rain
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