Asus EAX1900XT Review
Bosco - 2006-11-23 20:57:38 in Video CardsCategory: Video Cards
Reviewed by: Bosco
Reviewed on: September 8, 2006
: Gf City Computers
IntroductionLagging in games? Getting a low FPS? Unable to play those gorgeous new games? Then look no further. With the release of the ASUS EAX1900XT, all of your problems will be solved. ASUS has long been a major supplier of video cards as well as other types of computer hardware. ATI, a Canadian manufacturer of chips, delivers to companies all over the globe. Founded in 1958, ATI is one of the world leaders in the supply of graphics, video and multimedia products for desktop, workstation and notebook PCs, digital televisions, cell phones and game consoles. The ASUS iteration of the X1900XT is aimed at gamers who want performance but don’t want to break the bank at the same time.
Closer LookWhen I received this new card, I stopped in the middle of ripping open the package to take a look at the box art, and let me tell you that this card comes with some artwork! Depicting an armor clad, gun-toting marine, this box is just emanating that 'hardcore' feel.
After opening up the box I got to see this beast of a card. Shipped in a nice little foam section, with all the hookups and software in their own compartments, gave me a peace of mind as to the quality of this product. After unpacking all of the supplied goodies, I had to step back and take a moment. This baby ships jam packed with extra goodies: software, all the adaptor cables, as well as 2 DVI adaptors.
Looking at the card itself, I noticed the sword-toting Ruby depicted on the card’s cooler. And what a cooler it is! Unlike most, this is a double wide card, meaning that it takes up two expansion slots, one for the card, and another for the cooler.
The card has the standard 2 DVI ports on the back, as well as an HDTV port (through supplied adaptor). There is also the second expansion slot for exhaust from the cooler.
InstallationHere at OCC, installing new video cards and hardware has become a daily activity and a new video card is by far one of the simplest. Remove the side panel from your case, unscrew the holding screw (with the PC off of course!). Pop out old card, put the new card into the old card’s slot. Keep in mind that with this card, you will also need to remove an additional expansion slot cover. Then secure the card with 2 screws, put the side panel back on, and boot your machine. Once the machine is booted, you will need to uninstall your old video card drivers and install the new ones supplied on the CD, or in our case, the latest ones from the ATI website. Boom, your new card is installed and ready to ROCK, or in our case, benchmark!
|Graphics Engine||RADEON X1900XT|
|Video Memory||512MB DDR3|
|Memory Clock||1.45GHz (725MHz DDR3)|
|Max Resolution||2048 X 1536|
|Bus Standard||16 lanes PCI Express|
|VGA Output||Standard 15-pin VGA (per DVI To VGA Adapter)|
|HDTV Output||S-Video to HDTV|
|TV Output||S-Video to Composite|
|Video Input||S-Video to Composite|
|Dual DVI Output||Yes|
|Dual VGA Output||Yes|
|Adaptor/Cable bundled||DVI to VGA adapter; Component-out cable adapter;
9 Pin S-Video to composite VIVO cable
6’ Svideo cable;
6’ Composite cable
|Software Bundled||CD leather Wallet
Power Director 3
ASUS Utilities & Driver
|Note||Power supplies with 450-Watt capacity and 30A current on 12V rail is recommended for single EAX1900 series product|
- AMD 4000
- MSI K8N Neo 4 Platinum
- 2X512MB Kingston 2-2-2-5
- 80GB Maxtor SATA
- Asus X1900XT
- Forsa 7900GT
- Thermaltake 680 Watt Power Supply
- WinXP Pro Service Pack 2
- Nvidia Driver 84.21 and Ati Catalyst 6.6
Benchmark: Far CryTo kickoff our benchmarking, we will be using Far Cry. All games will be tested at the following resolutions (800x600, 1024x768, and 1280x1024)
- Maximum quality option, Direct3D rendered
- Level: Volcano, demo: Volcano.tmd
- Pixel shader: model 2.0b
- Antialiasing: 4×
- Anisotropic filtering: 8×
- HDR: disabled
- Geometry Instancing: disabled
- Normal-maps compression: disabled
Benchmark: F.E.A.RF.E.A.R. is one of the newer First person shooters on the market. This game has its own benchmark built into the game, which we took full use of.
- FSAA: x4
- Anisotropic: x16
- Effects: Max
- Computer: High
- Soft Shadow: Off
- Graphics: High Quality
- Antialiasing: x4
- Advanced Options: Enabled
Benchmark: Call Of Duty 2Settings
- Anti-aliasing: x4
- Texture Filter: Trilinear
Call of Duty 2 comes off at a fairly high framerate. The complex weather and environments do not slow down the X1900 as it continues to shine.
Quake 4 is the latest installment in the Quake series, though it used a slightly modified Doom 3 Engine.
- Demo: guru5.demo
- Quality: High
- Aspect Ratio: [4:3]
- Antialiasing: 4×
- Anisotropic filtering: 16×
- Symmetric Multiprocessing (SMP) disabled
Benchmark: Need For Speed: Most WantedNeed For Speed: Most Wanted is the latest addition to the Need For Speed series and is definitely one of the most graphics hungry.
In the final benchmark in our series, it is shown that the X1900 holds its own against the 7900GT
ConclusionAs you have just seen, this card definitely shines in some aspects. I was a little skeptical at first, since some of the framerates were close to the 7900GT. Regardless of whether it was losing or excelling in some of the tests, or simply holding its own, this X1900XT is not a bad performer. A decent price definitely makes this card a great choice. A merger of both performance and cost, this card will make a more than worthwhile upgrade for not only the average user, but also someone who is looking for cutting edge performance. One last thing that I have to point out is that the higher the resolution, the more the ATI shines. Therefore, if you are a gamer that plays at 1024x768 or lower resolution, you may not want to purchase this card as you will not be using it to its full potential.
- Great Cooling Fan is a little loud depending on your case cooling
- Power requirements