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Sapphire HD 2600 XT Ultimate Edition

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At OverclockersClub.com we have our very own gauntlet of benchmarks and tests to really stress a video card and gauge its true performance. All of our gaming tests are tested in realistic resolutions that everyday users will be able to achieve. This Sapphire HD 2600 XT Ultimate Edition will be tested against the normal HD 2600 XT and a x1950 PRO that is a part of the Ultimate line from Sapphire. There will also be some mainstream video cards from the nVidia side in these tests. Let's see if this graphics card deserves the title of being the Ultimate Edition for the HD 2600 XT.

Test System:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Processor
  • Abit IN9 32X-Max Wi-Fi Motherboard
  • Crucial Ballistix Tracer (2 x 1GB) DDR2 1066 Memory
  • Mushkin XP2-6400 (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 Memory
  • Cooler Master 750watt Power Supply
  • Western Digital 250GB IDE Hard Drive   
  • Western Digital 160GB SATA 3.0GB/s Hard Drive
  • Seagate 80GB IDE Hard Drive
  • LG DVD-R DL Burner
  • Windows XP Professional SP2
  • Turtle Beach Montego DDL Sound Card
  • Enermax Uber Chakra ATX Full Tower Case

Comparison Cards:

  • Sapphire HD 2600 XT (ATi)
  • Sapphire X1950 PRO Ultimate Edition (ATi)
  • Foxconn 8600 GTS OC (nVidia)
  • XFX 8600GTS XXX Edition (nVidia)

 Gaming Benchmarks:

  • Far Cry: Hardware OC (Ubisoft Volcano)
  • F.E.A.R. (Performance Test)
  • Call of Duty 2: Stalingrad (FRAPS)
  • Quake 4: Hardware OC
  • Need For Speed: Most Wanted (FRAPS)
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator X


Benchmark: Far Cry

As usual, we'll start with an older first-person shooter called Far Cry.


  • Maximum quality option, Direct3D renderer
  • Level: Volcano, demo: Volcano.tmd
  • Pixel shader: model 2.0b
  • Antialising: 4×
  • Anisotropic filtering: 8×
  • HDR: disabled
  • Geometry Instancing: disabled
  • Normal-maps compression: disabled




The Ultimate Edition didn't out perform the regular HD 2600 XT in Far Cry, but it wasn't too far off.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation & Configuration
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing & Benchmark: Far Cry
  5. Benchmark: F.E.A.R.
  6. Benchmark: Call of Duty 2
  7. Benchmark: Quake 4
  8. Benchmark: NFS Most Wanted
  9. Benchmark: Microsoft FSX
  10. Benchmark: 3D Mark 06
  11. Benchmark: RyderMark
  12. Conclusion
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