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ATi Hits Back (Again) with Mid-Range X700 line, Driver Tweak

Test Setup

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
CPUIntel Pentium 4 3.2 GHz
FSB200 MHz
MotherboardIntel D876 PBZ
Memory4x Corsair CMX256A-3200LL DDR, 1024 MB
HDDSeagate Barracuda 7200.7 120 GB S-ATA (8 MB)
DVDHitachi GD-7000
LANNetgear FA-312
Power SupplyAntec True Control 550W
PCI Express Test System
CPUIntel Pentium 4 3.2 GHz
FSB200 MHz
MotherboardIntel D925 XCV
Memory2x Micron DDRII, 533 MHz, 1024 MB
HDDSeagate Barracuda 7200.7 120 GB S-ATA (8 MB)
DVDHitachi GD-7000
LANNetgear FA-312
Power SupplyAntec True Control 550W
Drivers & Configuration
GraphicsATI Catalyst v4.8ATI Catalyst v4.10 BetaNVIDIA v65.75
ChipsetIntel Inf. Update
OSWindows XP Prof. SP1a
DirectXDirectX 9.0c
Graphic cards used in this article
ATIRadeon 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)
NVIDIAGeForce 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 2003Standard Resolution
AquaMark 3Triscore
Unreal Tournament 2004Custom TimedemoMax Details/QualityMap : Assault-FallenCity
Call Of DutyMax Details/QualityDemo : VGA
Doom3Demo : Demo1High Quality
Farcryv1.1Custom Timedemo cooler01Very High QualityFlashlight : On
Flight Simulator 2004Custom VideoCustom QualityScenario : Hong Kong at Dusk
Joint Operationsv1.3.15FRAPSTraining AircraftQuality Setting
Battlefield Vietnamv1.1FRAPSMax Details/QualityMap : Ho Chi Minh Trail
DTM Race Driver2v1.1Custom ReplayFRAPSMax Details/QualityNurburgring at rain